The PPS Mission: By the end of elementary, middle and high school, every student by name will meet or exceed academic standards and will be fully prepared to make productive life decisions.
Portland Public Schools’ more then 48,000 students are a vibrant and global mix: 56 percent white; 16 percent Hispanic; 10 percent African American; 8 percent multi-racial; 8 percent Asian; 1 percent Native American and 1 percent Pacific Islander. More than 60 languages are spoken in our schools.
Our teachers are highly trained, dedicated, innovative and increasingly diverse. In the last two years as school funding has improved, PPS has hired more than 700 new teachers.
Portland Public Schools followed the State of Oregon in adopting the Common Core State Standards in 2011 to raise the level of rigor and prepare all students for college and career. Learn more and view a video about what the Common Core looks like in our classrooms. PPS students who took the Smarter Balanced Assessments last spring outperformed national expectations and the state average.
Neighborhood Schools & High School Attendance Areas
Portland Public Schools Elementary/Middle Schools and K-8 Schools feed into eight high schools. You can type in your address to learn the names/locations of your neighborhood schools (K-5/MS/HS or K-8/HS) and view the current boundary map on the Find Your School page.
Founded in 1851, Portland Public Schools is the largest PK-12 school district in Oregon. The district serves more than 48,000 students – a consistently strong majority of school-age children in Portland. With highly trained teachers and staff; an engaged parent community; strong partnerships, and a focus on closing the racial educational opportunity gap, PPS is realizing consistent gains. The graduation rate is up 17 percentage points in six years to 70 percent; enrollment has been growing for six years and is expected to grow by another 5,000 students over the next decade, and the district is modernizing its school buildings for 21st century learning through the PPS School Building Improvement Bond. Portland Public Schools is committed to preparing its students for successful futures through the participation of diverse programs and learning opportunities, including burgeoning dual language immersion programs in Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Russian and expanded career learning opportunities. Learn more at www.pps.net.