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May222012

Grout Elementary - profile

Grout Elementary is a SE Portland neighborhood K-5 school that feeds into Hosford Middle School and Cleveland HS. This means that all children living within Grout’s boundaries are guaranteed a spot. As a neighborhood school Grout’s curriculum and methodology are pretty similar to what you would find at other non-Focus Option schools within PPS.  So to get a sense of what distinguishes it from other schools, we’ll look at various bells & whistles, and community factors to get the scoop:

The Scoop Half-Full:

It’s rare these days that a public school is able to tout small class sizes. But Grout’s relatively small population (~350) coupled with its Title I funding allowing for more teachers, result in class sizes that hover in the low 20s. However, parents tell us what really makes Grout hum is award-winning principal Susan McElroy. She tirelessly champions for the school, writing grants to keep programs funded despite budget cuts; building partnerships with local organizations; greeting the children by name every day; and working to strengthen the diverse community that makes Grout families proud.

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