Tucker-Maxon School

2860 SE Holgate Blvd
Portland, OR 97202-0972
Tel: (503)235-6551
Grades: NS-5 | 131 students
Tucker-Maxon School is a place where every child has a voice.
Tucker-Maxon School is a place where every child has a voice.
At Tucker Maxon, we co-enroll typical hearing children and children who are deaf together in small, collaborative classes.
Our students who are deaf do not use sign language.
Instead, with the help of digital hearing aids, cochlear implants, early diagnosis, and early intervention, our students who are deaf learn Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) – they learn to listen and talk.
We provide on-site audiology, speech language pathology, and early intervention for our deaf students.
Financial aid options are available, and the first three months of early intervention is provided for free! All students benefit from our highly-qualified teachers, low student-teacher ratios (1:8), and an environment where individual attention is the norm.
Our campus features a gym with a rock-climbing wall, and an organic garden with chickens and goats.
PE is offered daily, and art and music classes are provided weekly. Tucker Maxon's unique and diverse students make up the fabric of our community.
Their differences provide opportunities to learn valuable lessons in social and emotional intelligence, such as empathy, respect, and communication.   

School Overview

School Type School with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Independent Private Schools Association
Other school association(s)
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool-5
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Year Founded 1947

Student Body

Total Students 131 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 22%
Students by Grade Tucker-Maxon School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 15 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 10 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $6,800
Tuition Notes The tuition figure above is for preschool students with typical hearing. Financial aid is available to students with hearing loss based on a demonstrated need.
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Patty Smith


Total Sports Offered 13 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Climbing, Cycling, Dance, Football, Gymnastics, Indoor Soccer, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, SoccerBaseballBasketball,
Indoor SoccerLacrosse,
Mountain BikingRock Climbing,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 3 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Extended Care, Lego League, Tucker Arts Camp Extended Care, Lego League, Tucker Arts Camp,

School Notes:

  • Founded in 1947, Tucker Maxon School (TMS) co-enrolls deaf and hearing children and provides every child a comprehensive Preschool to 5th grade education. Our mission is to teach children who are deaf and hearing to listen, talk, and achieve excellence together. The communication modality we teach our children who are deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) is called Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) which means our teachers and specialists instruct deaf students how to use hearing aids, cochlear implants, and personal FM systems to help them listen and talk. Teaching LSL is highly successful in a learning environment where children who are deaf and children with typical hearing are integrated; children of varying hearing levels can help each other learn how to listen and speak. These peer relationships help children to overcome hurdles in communication. Through this process of learning how to listen and talk to each other, our children often learn valuable lessons in social and emotional intelligence, such as empathy, understanding and respect for differences. TMS is the only school in Oregon that uses this integrated approach. We serve approximately 120 children annually at TMS. Services we provide include: • Early Intervention (EI): Our EI Teacher helps parents of D/HH children ages 0-3 years be their “first teachers” of LSL, with home/onsite visits. Parents learn to help their child listen and talk. Tele-intervention (EI through video conference) is provided for remote families. EI is free of charge for the first three months at TMS. • Preschool: TMS creates a LSL-focused environment in small classroom settings. Our 1:8 teacher to student ratio allows for individual attention and LSL development. Pass-around-microphones are used in each preschool classroom to help young D/HH children hear their peers. • Elementary: TMS offers kindergarten through 5th grade instruction that meets all Oregon State standards. We offer daily PE and weekly art and music classes. Our campus includes a large outdoor play area with an organic garden, chickens and goats. Our gym has a rock climbing wall built entirely by parent volunteers. Each classroom is equipped with new digital FM systems; each teacher wears a microphone that transmits their voice directly to a child’s hearing aid or cochlear implant. • Audiology and Speech: D/HH children at TMS have a weekly check-in with our on-site audiologist and speech language pathologist to ensure that their equipment is working and their LSL is developing. Recent Accomplishments:-Tucker Maxon is one of 42 schools in the US to focus on LSL services for children who are D/HH. We are one of only five schools in the country to exceed the OPTION Schools standard of excellence (OPTION is an international non-profit organization which advances excellence in LSL education). - 90% of Tucker Maxon alumni go to college.- The April 2015 annual auction was the most successful fundraising event in the school’s 68 year history, netting $140,000 in funding for TMS (including $30,000 in corporate sponsorship).

Profile last updated: 07/16/2015

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