Tucker Maxon School
Tucker Maxon School teaches deaf and hearing children to listen, talk, learn, and achieve excellence together. Our goal at Tucker Maxon is to help every child reach their full potential in school and in life together.
Bottom Line for Portland
We were one of the only elementary schools in Portland offering in-person instruction during the 2020-21 school year, and we are back in person this year. Distance learning last spring was challenging for most children, but it was especially difficult for our deaf and hard-of-hearing students. We worked hard to safely re-open, with all COVID-19 precautions in place. Our students with hearing loss use digital hearing aids and cochlear implants, and receive daily on-site support from our audiologist, speech language pathologist, and teachers of the deaf so they can learn to listen and talk with their peers. With our unique co-enrollment model, a 1:8 adult to student ratio, and curricula built around communication and social and emotional learning, all Tucker Maxon students benefit from individualized educational support. Nationally, the outlook for deaf students is not good: on average, deaf children graduate high school with a third-grade reading aptitude, and just 8% graduate college. However, 87% of our students go on to college, 77% graduate with a degree, and 23% go on to earn an advanced degree. Even with their disabilities, our alumni outperform the national average for graduation. Many families move to Portland so their children can attend Tucker Maxon.
“The love and support of the school staff, teachers and community are palpable… Words cannot describe how thankful we are to be able to send our son to Tucker Maxon” - Katie Krametbauer, Tucker Maxon parent
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Tucker Maxon programs were founded on inclusion and equity, and our goal is to level the field for people with disabilities. Our Board is made of 40% ethnic minorities and/or social minorities, including the Board Chair who is deaf, and former Board Chair. Two board members wear cochlear implants, and three are parents of former students who are deaf. Our staff is comprised of 10% ethnic and/or social minorities. We serve children who are deaf in Oregon, including those from underserved communities of color, English language learners, those living in poverty, and those with other disabilities in addition to hearing loss. We provide financial aid for students who need it, as 84% of our students come from low-and-moderate income families.
All donors of $50 and above in the month of November will be entered into a drawing to win a gift certificate for a luxurious night out at the AC Hotel Portland.
All donors of $50 and above in the month of December will be entered into a drawing to win a gift certificate for a night at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel.