My family and I (partner and two little ones... 5 and 1) are in the middle of transitioning to Portland from Eugene. We will have our own place in August, right before my son begins kindergarten and I am hoping some of you Portland mamas can help me by filling me in on the neighborhood schools. :)
My son is high energy, imaginative, very social, and very emotional. He struggles with frustration tolerance, patience, transitions and an angry temper. I am terrified in general about his transition to school... let alone him ending up in a place where discipline is negative or punitive and the structure is rigid. I am concerned about schools teaching more to the test than to the abilities and desires of the kids. I know...aren't we all, right? :/
I have applied to all of the charters and magnet programs that I would hope for my son to get into.... Just found out that I'm 149 on the list for Emerson. :( Of course, there are more lottery results to come in, but reality is that we have a better chance of not getting lucky. I have heard neighborhood schools are spotty. Can anyone tell me something more? Which reasonably priced areas still have schools that are trying something more or different? I am more concerned with a positive environment that is supportive of different learning styles, involved community, caring teachers, and enriching activities such as art and PE than I am test scores. So, what neighborhood school do your kiddos go to... what do you love or hate about it??
Someone please tell me that their school is a secret treasure!! We need a backup plan ( we will move wherever we can...) and would be thrilled to embrace the idea of my son at a supportive neighborhood school!
Thanks in advance, everyone, for your help!