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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Portland Public Schools is an above average, public school district located in Portland, OR. It has 48,173 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 49% of students are at least proficient in math and 60% in reading.
Address
501 N Dixon St
Portland, OR 97227
Telephone
(503) 916-2000
Website

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
60%
Percent Proficient - Math
49%
Average Graduation Rate
78%
Average SAT
1240
1,375 responses
Average ACT
26
1,097 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
48,173
Free or Reduced Lunch
40.1%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$64,605
Teachers in First/Second Year
10.4%

Finances

Total Expenses
$574,339,000
Expenses Per Student
$14,434/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    58%
  • Support Services
    39%
  • Other
    3%
Living in the Area
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$44,395
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$929
National
$949
Median Home Value
$392,351
National
$184,700

Portland Public Schools Reviews

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Portland Public Schools has some of the best public schools in Oregon. Their teachers, administration, and faculty are devoted to their students, often overly qualified, and passionate about their jobs. This fosters a real love for learning and personal growth within the schools. As a result there is ample opportunity to get involved in the school and community as a whole. The students are as much to praise for the quality schools as the faculty as they often step up into leadership roles and work with their teachers to educate their fellow students. Overall the district is a passionate, caring, and academically rigorous one that produces life long learners and proctors growth and discovery.
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I feel that Portland Public Schools, with a few exceptions, does not prepare kids for the real world or for future school attendance. They cater to the lowest common denominator and would rather be politically-correct than educating students without barriers. They are so conscious about trying not to offend people that they end up not teaching a good curriculum. They banned To Kill a Mockingbird and Huckleberry Finn for Christ's sake!
Portland Public Schools has good academics and provides a lot of clubs and extracurricular activities for students. I feel like the teachers and administrators provide students with enough information and preparation for college and the future. Portland Public Schools does not react well to snow or icy weather, and make bad judgements for closing schools. Portland Public Schools also should better maintain the schools so that we wouldn't have to remodel all the schools at a point where water leaks from the ceilings and the locker rooms flood during a stormy weather. Portland Public Schools should also provide all athletics with transportation and not just men sports or the popular/major ones like football or basketball. Overall Portland Public Schools has good sports and academics.