Here Are The Best 10 Public High Schools in Oregon in 2016

Are you curious to know what public high schools rank as the best in Oregon? This study is based on statistics, student and parent reviews, and expert insights. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, student and parent reviews, and more. You can See how this ranking was calculated at k12.niche.

1. Lake Oswego High School

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Lake Oswego High School is a public school in Lake Oswego, Oregon. It has 1,314 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 94% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 171 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

Lake Oswego High School first opened in 1950 as a six-year school. In 1971, it grew from a three-year to a standard four-year high school. In its history, the school and others in its district, such as Lakeridge High School, have received many honors for scholarship, leadership, and athletics on the local, state, and national level.

“Our mission is to foster an inclusive and well-rounded community of critical thinkers who are prepared for citizenship, college, career, and life-long learning.”

Overall Experience from a junior: I have had a great time at LO. I have attended many football games, dances, and other school functions and I believe the ASB does a good job of making these functions fun and exciting. In addition to the many fun experiences I have had at school functions I have had many good experiences with teachers. The teachers at LO are always willing to help students in their academic pursuits.

(source: niche)

2. Riverdale High School

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Riverdale High School is a public school in Portland, Oregon. It has 245 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 87% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 33 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

Founded in 1996, the school was established under challenging circumstances. The community of Dunthorpe, which was historically anchored by Riverdale grade school, faced changes in 1991, when Oregon Senate Bill 917 decreed that all school districts should have both primary and secondary schools, and expected smaller school districts like Riverdale to merge.

“Teaching students to be thoughtful in their education, about each other, and for their community.”

Overall Experience from a junior, Oct 2015: It’s a competitive environment, where you’ll be challenged. The teachers want you to succeed, and are willing to work with you to help you succeed. Their is so much money coming into the school that so many people are sheltered and ignorant. The school is lacking in racial diversity, as a student of color it’s noticeable, but very few people are bigoted.

 

3. West Linn High School

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West Linn High School is a public school in West Linn, Oregon. It has 1,610 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 92% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 221 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

“West Linn High School is a place where all members of the community relentlessly focus on learning. This learning involves the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that help every student and every adult be productive members of the world!”

Overall Experience from a senior, Jan 4: West Linn is the greatest high school I could possibly think of. I would not have wished anything else. I love the school. (source: niche)

 

4. South Eugene High School

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South Eugene High School is a public school in Eugene, Oregon. It has 1,412 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 94% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 186 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

It was founded as Eugene High School around 1900, and was located at Willamette Street and West 11th Avenue in a brick building that later served as Eugene’s city hall. “Eugene decided in 1914 to build a new high school on a one-block site on Lincoln Street between Seventeenth and Eighteenth Avenues.”

“The vision of South Eugene High School is to be a caring and supportive community of life-long learners.”

Overall Experience from a junior: I would choose this school over and over again, South Eugene offers a great environment to grow up in. The atmosphere is encouraging with teachers allowing for high level conversations and trusting their students. Also my heart belongs in the South Fork catering program and I could not imagine myself without South Fork, the amount that the program has given me is incredible. (source: niche)

5. Lakeridge High School

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Lakeridge High School is a public school in Lake Oswego, Oregon. It has 1,150 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 96% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 120 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

Lakeridge High School is the second high school in the Lake Oswego School District, it first opened in 1971.

“The mission of Lakeridge High School is to provide a challenging academic curriculum that encourages creative, critical thinking in an environment based on mutual respect.”

Overall Experience from a senior: The experiences I have had at Lakeridge High School have made me a better person all-around. All of the teachers are supportive, the classes are challenging (but in a good way) and the atmosphere is positive and friendly. There are swarms of fans who not only come to the football games, but other sports events as well. Although I played a sport that is often not recognized by the masses, much effort was put into bringing water polo into the light and telling people when and where the games were. My favorite teachers have come from this school, and I can see myself communicating with them even after high school due to how wonderful they have made my high school experience, and how much they have taught me in such small periods of time.

 

6. Wilsonville High School

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Wilsonville High School is a public school in Wilsonville, Oregon. It has 1,157 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 83% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 154 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

Wilsonville opened in 1995 and doubled in capacity in 2005. In 2007, the school was ranked as the 526th best high school in the United States by Newsweek.

Overall Experience from a junior: It’s incredible. The staff is great, the extracurricular are great, and the community is great. (source: niche)

 

7. Ashland High School

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Ashland High School is a public school in Ashland, Oregon. It has 994 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 90% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 93 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

Overall Experience from a junior: I didn’t realize how much I loved this school until I moved to Lake Oswego for the first month of last year. When I came back I realized how friendly the atmoshphere is, and how amazing my friends are. I will never change high schools EVER again. I love Mr. Grizz, the assembly’s are bomb, and I’m friends with most of my teachers. (Especially my Advisor. She’s the greatest and my friends would agree.) If I had the choice of leaving for another High School I would not. I love my school. Sure, some of the teachers are a little loco crazy but that’s just a part of what makes Ashland High so great! (source: niche)

 

8. School of Science & Technology

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School of Science & Technology is a public school in Beaverton, Oregon. It has 174 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 90% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 28 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

Sunset High School is a public school in Beaverton, Oregon. It has 2,015 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 88% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 308 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

For 2015, US News & World Report ranked SST second among public high schools in the Beaverton School District (first among schools offering AP programs), fourth in the state of Oregon, and 598th nationally. The Oregonian ranked SST first in its 2015 school performance ratings within the Beaverton School District.

Overall Experience: Despite the other things it may be lacking, these last four years have been the best of my life so far. This school’s close community and unique atmosphere have allowed me to be myself and grow as a person along the way. The staff are amazing – they really care and they take the time to get to know you. I love this school, I love the staff, and I loved the experiences I have had here. (niche)

SST began as a Certificate of Initial Mastery program called the School of Natural Resources Science and Technology, or NRST, in 1993, and was one of the magnet programs at the then-new Merlo Station High School, located on S.W. Merlo Drive just west of the then-planned Merlo Road/SW 158th MAX Light Rail station (which opened in 1998). The school occupied an old warehouse, which was renovated a few months before the program’s opening. The name was eventually shortened to School of Science and Technology (SST).

9. Sunset High School

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The school opened at the beginning of January 1959, initially with freshman and sophomore students only, adding juniors in the fall and, starting in September 1960, its first senior class. Senator Robert F. Kennedy spoke at a student-organized mock Democratic Convention held at Sunset High School on May 17, 1968, less than three weeks before his assassination on June 5.

Overall Experience: Their isn’t necessarily anything wrong with the school, but rather high school in general. This makes it hard to accurately evaluate my experience due to the school instead of my experience due to the people and classes. Having a great staff made the school a better experience for me than it would have been otherwise. Many of the kids are snotty and spoiled, but most are still very nice.

10. Lincoln High School

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Lincoln High School is a public school in Portland, Oregon. It has 1,563 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 89% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 205 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

With an initial enrollment of 45 students, the school was established in 1869 as the Portland High School in the North Central School sited on Block 80 of Couch’s Addition (bounded by NW 11th & 12th and Couch & Davis Streets)

“Students who graduate from Lincoln High School will be responsible, respectful, international citizens with a passion for life-long learning and the self-esteem and skills necessary to appreciate human diversity and contribute to family and community.”

Overall Experience from a senior: I came in new this year, my senior year, and expected the year to be rough socially and academically. To my surprise within a week of my attendance, I had friends and a group in which I felt comfortable and happy to be around. They invited me to all of the school activities and got me involved in clubs that I never would have chosen for myself, yet I am happier than I ever would have expected. This makes the school unique and sociable, and to me, this is the greatest gift anyone could have offered me coming in new.

 

Disclaimer: All data in the above article is pulled from a third party source known as Niche. That Oregon Life doesn’t guarantee the information above is perfectly accurate or current, although we have done our best to ensure that it is. For further questions, please consult the proper state agency.

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