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LOHS labeled second best public school in state, all district schools received high marks

The Lake Oswego School District was ranked the best public school district in Oregon and all 10 area schools received impressive report cards from Niche's 2020 Best Schools list.

Lake Oswego High School was ranked the second best public high school in the state. Lakeridge High School came in at No. 4 overall, and its teachers were ranked the best in the state. Niche, a national organization, gives a letter grade to various elements of a school district ranging from academics to health and safety. The group then produces a report card for the district and each individual school.

The report cards are calculated by gathering data from dozens of public data sources including the Department of Education and U.S. Census as well as reviews and survey responses from parents and students, which are analyzed and compared to other school districts across the state and country.

LOSD took the top overall spot in Oregon, and was also honored as the district with the best teachers.

The district received an A+ grades in multiple categories: academics, teachers and college preparation. Sports received an A and the district was named the second best in the state for athletes to attend. Administration and health/safety both earned an A-.

Clubs and activities were given a B, with resources/facilities and food getting B- grades.

Superintendent Lora de la Cruz thanked the LOSD staff and community for their roles in making the district successful. "We are honored to again be awarded the distinction of being the top ranked district in the state. We have a tremendously dedicated staff and supportive community," she said. "LOSD strives to provide our students with comprehensive offerings in academics, activities, athletics and the arts, so that they can thrive. This award is a wonderful recognition of the good work in our community to support our students."

LOSD's lowest grade was a C+, for diversity. According to Niche, this grade is based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from parents and students.

LOHS was ranked the second best public high school in the state — behind the School of Science and Technology in the Beaverton School District — with an A+ overall grade. It was also honored as the No. 2 public high school for college prep, and the third best high school for STEM.

Lakeridge also received an A+ and was ranked No. 4 out of the 282 public high schools on the list. It was named the public high school with the best teachers in Oregon, and No. 6 for college prep.

Lake Oswego Junior High was named the best public middle school in Oregon out of 357 schools, as well as the school with the best teachers. Lakeridge Middle School was ranked as the No. 4 public middle school.

All of the district's elementary schools earned top marks as well, with grades ranging from A to A+. Oak Creek Elementary was ranked the No. 1 public elementary in the state, and the other five district elementary schools claimed the remaining spots in the top six.

De la Cruz told the school board the impressive results "point to incredible ongoing support from home and the diligence of our educators as well."

To view the complete Niche report card, go to

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