Park Academy

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Park Academy Photo #1 - A group of upper school students pose for a photo on the deck outside their classrooms.
  • MISSION: Park Academy empowers students with diverse learning challenges to reach their highest potential of giftedness while excelling academically and becoming repsonsible citizens and community leaders.

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School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.AdvancED
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 3-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDyslexia/Language-based learning differences
Year Founded2005
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost$1,000
Summer Program Cost NotesPer session
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students87 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
18%
State avg.: 22%
Students by Grade Park Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers17 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
90%
Average Class Size13 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$20,000
Tuition NotesFinancial aid available to qualifying families.
% on Financial Aid
30%
Acceptance Rate
90%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorKim Barton

School Notes

  • You can access information at:
  • the Registrar at 503.594.8776
  • e-mail kim@parkacademy.org.
  • www.parkacademy.org
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Portland
    Serendipity Center
    Special Education School
    Grades: 1-12 | 94 students
    8 miles
    14815 Se Division St.
    Portland, OR 97236
    (503) 595-2771
    8 1-12
    94
  • Wilsonville
    Victory Academy
    Special Education School
    Grades: K | 6 students
    7.1 miles
    27960 SW Canyon Creek Road
    Wilsonville, OR 97070
    (503) 570-0147
    7.1 K
    6
  • Portland
    Building Bridges
    Special Education School
    Grades: PK-2 | 14 students
    6.2 miles
    0112 Sw Pennoyer St
    Portland, OR 97239
    (503) 235-3122
    6.2 PK-2
    14
  • Portland
    Grades: 6-12 | 220 students
    11.5 miles
    12425 NE San Rafael Street
    Portland, OR 97230
    (503) 256-3960
    11.5 6-12
    220
  • Portland
    Bridges Middle School
    Bridges Middle School Photo
    Special Education School
    Grades: 5-8 | 55 students
    13.4 miles
    2510 SW 1st Avenue
    Portland, OR 97201
    (503) 506-0792
    13.4 5-8
    55

School Reviews

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We have a dyslexic son that also has dyspraxia and ADHD. We were living in the SF Bay Area (California) and after not making much progress in the public school system with an IEP, we tried moving him to a typical private school, hoping that he would receive more attention with the much smaller class size, etc. However, he really needed a specialized curriculum- multi-sensory reading & spelling program, educators who understood his special needs and to be in an environment where other kids had the exact same issues that he does. His self esteem was starting to suffer because, for example, while teachers in the small typical private school were accommodating, he was using an application to translate his spoken words to text called Dragon, because, after all, his writing was atrocious and keyboarding was not an option because "spellcheck" couldn't even come up with the word he meant to type, as his spelling was SO far off! Well, he stood out at this private school, because he was the only child using this program, and he felt terrible about it. He would cry. He didn't want to go to school. We knew we had to do something. We flew out to Texas and looked at a special education school called Winston, but it wasn't a good cultural fit for us. We also looked at some good choices in the Bay Area- Charles Armstrong, where the tuition was nearly twice as much as Park Academy's and it only goes to 8th grade. There was another in Oakland and it also only went to 8th grade. We then found Park Academy. We flew out to Portland and drove to the school. The teachers all were committed and passionate. They used the Susan Barton Reading & Spelling method, which is exactly what we wanted! We did not want him accommodated to learn how to get around his writing and failure to spell, but to learn how to read, spell, and write! The school offers all kinds of wonderful enrichment like Yoga, theater arts, fine arts and the kids have regular physical education. The school was such a perfect fit for our family- it was what we envisioned for our son and we love that it goes through 12th grade, not 8th, because this is a journey for us.. We were not looking for a quick fix. We want a home for our son for middle school and high school where he feels safe, where his learning issues can be remediated, and he can be inspired to show his talents. After taking a huge leap of faith, and moving our family to Lake Oswego from California, and spending one year at Park, I am so proud to say that my son wrote his first real essays. He put together some power point presentations. He made it to the 4th level of Barton's program. He got up on stage and was a main role in a play?! He says he loves his teachers, his friends, and his school. We are so happy and so proud and so thankful. We would recommend this school to anyone struggling with the same sort of language based learning disabilities.
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