James John Elementary School (Portland, Oregon)

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James John Elementary
James John School 001 Front.JPG
Address
7439 N Charleston Ave.
Portland, Oregon, 97203
United States
Coordinates 45°35′25″N 122°45′09″W / 45.590241°N 122.75256°W / 45.590241; -122.75256Coordinates: 45°35′25″N 122°45′09″W / 45.590241°N 122.75256°W / 45.590241; -122.75256
Information
Established 1929 (1929)[1]
School district Portland Public Schools
Principal Beth Shelby[2]
Teaching staff 22[3]
Enrollment 461 [4] (2013)
Average class size 24.1 [5]
Mascot Lions
Feeder to George Middle School[6]
Website

James John Elementary, is a school within the Portland Public Schools district located in the St. John's neighborhood of north Portland, Oregon, United States. Built in 1929, it feeds graduates to George Middle School which then feeds Roosevelt High School.[7] The facility includes 26 classrooms[8] a computer lab, performance stage, gymnasium[9] and library staffed with a media specialist.[10] James John is the site of a Multnomah County SUN Community School.[11]


Profile[edit]

Ethnic/Racial Profile

African American Asian Hispanic Native American Pacific Islander White Multiple Races
9.5% 5.2% 42.7% 1.3% 2.8% 32.8% 5.6%

Percent Meeting or Exceeding Achievement Benchmarks

Year 3rd Grade Reading 3rd Grade Math 5th Grade Reading 5th Grade Math
2010-2011 87.5% 56.3% 60.4% 52.8%
2011-2012 61.4% 52.9% 48.4% 39.1%
2012-2013 40% 33.3% 56.3% 39.6%

Five-year Student Body Growth

Year K 1 2 3 4 5 Total
2009 70 73 48 64 61 68 384
2013 85 99 80 68 59 70 461
[12]

Select Demographics 2012­-2013[13]

English Learners 31%
Economically disadvantaged 84%
Students with disabilities 19%
Different languages spoken 14

History[edit]

James John High School, predecessor to James John Elementary

James John Elementary is named after the pioneer of St. Johns who bequeathed land and money for the establishment of a school[14] and in 1911 James John High School was built on what is now the playground for the current school.[15]

The current building was designed by the prolific architect George Howell Jones[16] in a two-story Classical Revival style and influenced by John Dewey’s Progressive Education Movement. It is similar to numerous other "fireproof" Portland schools of the era that were built in response to some highly publicized school fires elsewhere in the U.S.[17]

The school became a K-8 when Roosevelt High School was founded in 1921[18] and became a K-5 school when George Middle School was founded in 1951. [19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bryan, Dorene (2012), "The History of James John School", in Hallman, Craig, History of James John Elementary, Collected Documents, p. 30 
  2. ^ "James John web site staff page". 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "James John Elementary: staff page". 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Portland Public Schools 2013-2014 Enrollment Profiles". 14 April 2104. 
  5. ^ "Portland Public Schools 2013-2014 Enrollment Profiles". 14 April 2104. 
  6. ^ "Portland Public Schools 2013-2014 Enrollment Profiles". 14 April 2104. 
  7. ^ "Portland Public Schools 2013-2014 Enrollment Profiles". 14 April 2104. 
  8. ^ "Portland Public Schools 2013-2014 Enrollment Profiles". 14 April 2104. 
  9. ^ "James John Elementary: Programs and Culture". GreatSchools. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "James John Elementary: staff page". 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "James John Elementary: SUN School". Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Portland Public Schools 2013-2014 Enrollment Profiles". 14 April 2104. 
  13. ^ "Oregon Department of Education Report Card 2012-13: James John Elementary". Retrieved 27 April 2104. 
  14. ^ "The James John estate". The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon). 2 February 1900. p. 7. 
  15. ^ Bryan, Dorene (2012), "The History of James John School", in Hallman, Craig, History of James John Elementary, Collected Documents, p. 31 
  16. ^ Oregon State Historic Site Form: George Howell Jones (architect, 1887-1950), University of Oregon Libraries, Digital Collections, retrieved 27 June 2014 
  17. ^ Oregon State Historic Site Form: James John School, University of Oregon Libraries, Digital Collections, 2009, retrieved 27 June 2014 
  18. ^ Morse, P. Victor (2012), "The History of Roosevelt High School", in Hallman, Craig, History of James John Elementary, Collected Documents, p. 13 
  19. ^ Hurt, Maxine (2012), "St. Johns a Collection of Historical Notes.", in Hallman, Craig, History of James John Elementary, Collected Documents, p. 5 

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