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.
●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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