Top 50 List Is More Proof That Lake Oswego, Oregon Takes Its Education Seriously

schoolLake Oswego has done it again. Made a Top 10 list.

Well, in this case, it’s more like a Top 50 list. Business Insider named Lake Oswego the most educated town in the state of Oregon with 66.5 percent of adults holding at least a bachelor’s degree. Results were based on Census Bureau data gathered between 2008-2012 in its American Community Survey.

Survey aside, it doesn’t take long to realize that Lake Oswego takes education seriously.

Consider this:

●The Lake Oswego Foundation was started in 1986 and has raised nearly $21 million with the express purpose of funding teachers in order to keep class sizes low.

●The Foundation Endowment Fund is currently at $1.5 million in cash and bequests with plans to reach $100 million by 2030, contributing $4 million to the annual fund-raising campaign.

●Lake Oswego voters have approved five-year local option levies to supplement state educational funding four times beginning in 2000, with 78 percent of voters supporting the latest renewal in the 2013 special election.

●Even the City of Lake Oswego got in the act, making one-time contributions to the school district in 2010-11 ($150,000) and 2011-2012 ($2 million).

●Class sizes are among the lowest in the area, with an average of 23.3 at the elementary level, 25.9 in junior high and 27.2 in high school.

●High school students score 12% higher on the SAT and 21% higher on the ACT than their peers statewide.

●ACT composite scores of Lake Oswego School District high school students are higher than the national average as well, with a score of 26.6 compared to 21 (out of a possible 36).

●At the lower levels, student performance is outstanding too. Eighth graders meet or exceed state standards at a rate of 37% higher in math, 32% higher in science, and 25% higher in reading. Fifth graders do the same at a rate of 45% higher in math, 36% higher in science, and 33% higher in reading.

●In 2011, Forbes named Lake Oswego the #5 city nationally in terms of getting the most educational value for your housing buck when compared to other cities with comparably priced real estate.

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Photo Credit: Stuart Miles

About lovelakeoswego

I feel pretty lucky—I live where I work and I love where I live. As a Realtor in Lake Oswego, I get to share that enthusiasm with clients every day. Through this blog, with the help of my freelance writer wife, Genita, I’d like to share that enthusiasm with you. The quality of life you’ll find in Lake Oswego belies its size—there is so much to experience here from a fireworks show over the lake on the 4th of July to the Festival of the Arts--one of the premier arts events in the region. So please check in each week for another reason why I love Lake Oswego and who knows—maybe you’ll fall in love too! If you’re interested in experiencing Lake Oswego personally, please feel free to contact me either on my cell at (503) 939-9801, via email at or check my website by clicking the link in the "Contact me" section in the right-hand column. I would love to show you around.
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