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2019 Best School Districts in Oregon

Posted on: December 5, 2018

A company called Niche researches U.S. colleges, schools, neighborhoods, and companies. They recently released their school district rankings. The 2019 Best School Districts ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings, and more. Greater Albany Public Schools ranked #8 in the state of Oregon with an Overall Niche Grade of B+.

Los mejores Distritos Escolares en Oregon del 2019

Una empresa llamada “Niche” analiza a universidades, escuelas, vecindarios y
empresas de los EE. UU. Recientemente publicaron su clasificación de distritos
escolares. La clasificación de los mejores distritos escolares del 2019, se basa en un
análisis riguroso de estadísticas clave y en millones de evaluaciones de estudiantes y
padres que utilizan datos del Departamento de Educación de los Estados Unidos. Los
factores de clasificación incluyen, calificaciones de exámenes estatales, preparación
para la universidad, tasas de graduación, calificaciones de SAT / ACT, calidad de
maestros, calificaciones de distritos de escuelas públicas y más. Las Escuelas Públicas
de Albany se ubicaron en el número 8 en el estado de Oregón, con una calificación
general de la empresa Niche de B+.

GAPS Co-Sponsoring Bullying Prevention Presentation

Posted on: October 8, 2018

Linn Together, a countywide network of volunteers with the mission to strengthen local prevention networks, has partnered with several local organizations, including GAPS, to present “Bullying Prevention in School and Cyber Settings”.   Parents, school staff, and other adults in the community can help kids prevent bullying. Join national bullying expert Dr. Michael Sulkowski, PhD, University of Arizona, for an interactive presentation on bullying prevention in both school and cyber settings.

The presentation will take place on October 17, 2018 from 9:00 – 11:00 am at Boulder Falls Center in Lebanon.  The event is free, but registration is required and space is limited.  Please register by October 10.  For additional information and registration, please see or contact Julie Greene of Linn County Health Services at 541-967-3819.


Announcing…Meadow Ridge Elementary School!

Posted on: April 23, 2018

This week, the Board voted unanimously to name the new elementary school near Timber Ridge Meadow Ridge Elementary School. The school is funded by the bond that was approved by voters in 2017. It will be completed by the start of school in fall 2019.

The name was among the suggestions submitted through a community-based naming process. Meadow Ridge was the first choice for the following reasons:

  • The committee felt it important to keep with the Ridge theme to tie the new school to both Clover Ridge and Timber Ridge.
  • The committee felt that Clover, Meadow, and Timber had a good flow to the names.
  • Meadow Ridge tied for the most submissions from the public at 12. (Knox Butte Elementary also received 12 submissions. However, Knox Butte Elementary School was an elementary prior to unification of Greater Albany Public Schools.)
  • Meadow Ridge was one of the top recommendations when the name for Timber Ridge was being decided.
  • The committee noted that the new school will be built in the middle of existing, lovely meadows.
  • Meadow Ridge symbolizes: Walking through pleasant meadows portends happiness. To dream of a meadow symbolizes acceptance and protection.

Read the report

The groundbreaking ceremony for Meadow Ridge Elementary School is April 25 at 10 a.m.