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, available to all students in the
district, immerse students in the language
and culture of each school’s particular
focus, while continuing to provide quality
instruction in various subjects.
Students in Oregon have access to both the
ACT and SAT—the two exams commonly
accepted by colleges and universities
across the country. For the most part,
Oregon’s colleges and universities accept
scores from either exam, and participation rates among high school students in
the Beaver State are similar for each.
In 2016, the Oregon Department of Education reported that almost 15,000 students
took the ACT exam, with an average
composite score of 21. 7. This was above the
national average score of 20. 8. That same
year, 16,700 individuals took the SAT, with
Oregon students outpacing the national
counterparts in the areas of reading, math
and writing. In fact, the state was second
in the country in terms of critical reading
scores on the exam.
The Portland metro area features a number
of postsecondary institutions, the largest of
which is Portland State University, located
downtown. The university, with its unique
urban campus situated on the South Park
Blocks, enrolls more than 27,000 students
and is quickly distinguishing itself as a
top-notch institution of higher learning.
U.S News & World Report has named PSU
one of the nation’s “top 10 most innova-
tive 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.
Portland State is also well known for its
research in a number of areas—
particularly urban studies and community health.
In fact, researchers at PSU made national
headlines recently when they discovered
a potential cure for malaria that could
be provided in a single pill form. The
study, published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, found that a particular
compound cured malaria in animal models,
using just a single dose. This is just one
of the numerous studies conducted at the
campus each year, with some of them
producing results that have had significant
impacts on a various professional fields.
Construction of PSU’s new College of
Business is underway, which will replace
the old building located in the center of the
campus. The Karl Miller Center, slated for
completion in late 2017, will be a 142,875
in affiliation with University of Portland
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