Portland Public Schools balancing enrollment

Just an FYI from Portland Public Schools…

Dear PPS Community,

Enrollment at Portland Public Schools is steadily growing. This has created an opportunity to have strong schools in every neighborhood by balancing enrollment among schools so that no schools are over-crowded or under-enrolled and so that the academic program offered in each school fits well in the school building.

On Oct. 29, PPS released two possible scenarios for balancing enrollment. The scenarios are a starting point for community discussion about how best to “right size” schools. A school board decision is expected in January/February and any changes would start in Fall 2016 and be phased in over time.

The scenarios rely on three main approaches: moving boundaries for some schools, changing which middle and/or high school some students attend, and reconfiguring a number of K-8 schools into K-5/middle school combinations.

View street-level maps by region showing changes proposed in each scenario.

View a side-by-side, school-level comparison of the scenarios.

Community meetings to discuss the scenarios start Nov. 9. View the schedule below. Soon we will also release an online survey to gather feedback on the scenarios.

Thanks for your continued engagement in this important work to have strong schools in every neighborhood!

Jon Isaacs
Chief, Communications & Public Affairs

Jason Trombley
Chair, District-wide Boundary Review Advisory Committee
*Note: Materials in all supported languages are being emailed directly to families speaking those languages today and tomorrow as translations are completed.
Share your views
PPS along with our partners invites you to comment on the scenarios at community meetings across the city:

Monday Nov. 9, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Hosford Middle School, 2303 SE 28th Place
Tuesday Nov. 10, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Cesar Chavez K-8, 5103 N Willis Blvd., bilingual in Spanish & English
Thursday, Nov. 12, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Center for Intercultural Organizing, 700 N Killingsworth St.
Monday Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to noon, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, 8114 SE Division St.
Monday Nov. 16, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., West Sylvan Middle School, 8111 SW West Slope Dr.
Tuesday Nov. 17, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Charles Jordan Community Center, 9009 N. Foss Ave.
Tuesday Nov. 17, 6 pm to 8 pm, Madison High School, 2735 NE 82nd Ave., en Espanol
Wednesday Nov. 18, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m, Roseway Heights K-8, 7334 NE Siskiyou St.
Monday Nov. 23, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Markham K-5, 10531 SW Capitol Hwy.
Meetings will include an overview and Q-and-A about the proposals, break-out group discussion and public testimony. Childcare will be provided. We appreciate our many community partners who are spreading the word about the meetings.

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