U.S News & World Report has named Portland State University
one of the Nation’s “Top 10 Most Innovative Schools”
recognizing the school for its service learning and senior
capstone programs, along with the positive changes it has
made related to academics, student life, facilities and faculty.
$14,265 for high school students. These
numbers are about on pace with national
averages for private education.
CHARTER SCHOOL OPTIONS
In addition to its more traditional public
schools, PPS also has numerous charter
schools for K- 12 students. These schools
provide specific educational programs with
a more narrow delivery model, receiving
much more flexibility in exchange for a
higher level of accountability. Typically, each
charter school has a particular focus, such as
STEM, foreign language or the arts, while
still providing sound instruction in subjects
across the board.
Although public charter schools are subject to
stringent oversight from PPS, they are actually independent nonprofit organizations that
receive public funding—rather than being
school district entities. PPS also provides
support to these schools in the form of information technology, professional development
and regular directors’ meetings.
Portland currently has fifteen charter schools
throughout the city. Perhaps the most well
known is Trillium, which accepts students
across all grade levels and uses a holistic
approach to engage the local community in
children’s educational experiences, much
more so than the average public school. The
school’s top goal is to graduate students
who are committed to lifelong learning and
contribute to the global landscape in a positive way.
Portland Public Schools also offers a number
of foreign language immersion programs
focused on Mandarin Chinese, Japanese,
Russian and Spanish. These programs,