My family may soon be moving back to Portland! We are in Eugene now and have been off and on for years, but lived in Portland for a year a while back. We loved it and we are hoping for a move in August. We have a 1 year old daughter and a 5 year old son who will be going into kindergarten in the fall.
So.... schools are my concern now. I know the entire state is struggling and the state of the school system is just as bad in Portland as it is in Eugene. My son is very imaginative, active, sensitive, sometimes anxious, and always very intense. He struggles with attention and is very affected by emotional stimulus (like screaming when he perceives something as suspenseful). I worked with children with behavioral challenges in a mainstream public school before my son was born, so I have some experience with the daily flow in such a setting. We all know it leaves much to be desired.
I can't imagine my son in any sort of mainstream public setting, really, without it resulting in stress and tears for all involved. I really want my son to continue to love learning and feel a sense of acceptance in his classroom.
(Ugh. I wish our school system was different!!!)
Anyway, I have checked into all the charter schools I can find: Trillium, Emerson, Southwest, Opal, MLC, The Ivy School (doesn't work for next year though, since it begins with 1st).... did I miss any?? Can anyone tell me anything about these? We don't have a great idea yet of what may fit my son. We intend on heading up for the open houses but any other info from folks who know would be awesome.
Of course, we have address issues since we may not be moving until August. We may try and get there earlier.... but even if we are considered in-district for the lottery, we are still one of many and have a better chance of ending up on the waiting list.
We will do everything we can to be considered for the alternative schools, but we need a back up plan. I have heard that neighborhood schools are spotty. Does anyone have a neighbor school that they just love? A school that is doing something different? One with supportive and creative teachers that can support and appreciate someone like my son? What about the magnet schools? It seems like the only info that's easy to come by is test scores and I'm more interested in things like..... lots of active play, outdoor time, mixed age classrooms, non-punitive, positive approach to classroom management.
Stuff most of us want, huh?
Thanks so much!