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  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 48,710 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 48% of students are at least proficient in math and 61% in reading.

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
61%
Percent Proficient - Math
48%
Average Graduation Rate
80%
Average SAT
1250
1,762 responses
Average ACT
26
1,219 responses

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
48,710
Free or Reduced Lunch
40.1%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$67,704
Teachers in First/Second Year
10.4%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$17,777/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    55%
  • Support Services
    42%
  • Other
    3%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$57,605
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,190
National
$949
Median Home Value
$470,503
National
$184,700

Portland Public Schools Reviews

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I think that I got an excellent high school education and I am prepared for college next year! However, the social atmosphere is prone to peer pressure and exposure to drugs, alcohol, and partying. There are also police officers onsite because of shooting threats which can make students feel uncomfortable. The schools are all being rebuilt, so the facilities are state of the art, and most of the teachers I've had have been knowledgeable, supportive, and fun! There are positive and negative aspects to every school, and overall I felt that at Lincoln, my experience was positive.
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I'm going to try to be completely transparent here. PPS is known throughout Oregon as being one of the worst school districts. The funding is spread extremely thin over numerous school. Madison, the school that I go to, has a wonderfully diverse student body, however, Madison has a sloppy administration and terrible safety. My freshman year we had three to four lock downs (for potential shootings. one of which was because of a parent). I nearly had a panic attack because the teachers allowed students to be on their phones, making Music.lys (AKA TikToks), wrestling, and listening to music. Our sub refused to lock the door, and remained in sight of the door window. The kids in the next class over kept banging on the walls, which sounded like gun shots, to try and scare us. When the administration heard about this they did nothing. Safety is lack-luster. That being said, Madison has some amazing teachers in it's STEM departments. They are amazing, and inspirational.
I enjoy the variety of classes offered in my schools, and the available AP classes they also offer. I enjoy most of the staffs' presence, but some doesn't teach very well and some are just trying to get the job done rather than connect with the students. What I want changed is teachers being more aware when talking with the students, they all have different backgrounds, lifestyle and even personalities. Some teaching styles and lessons don't work on each other. I wish for better school involvement and being more communicative especially for important events like the SAT. I feel bad they have to deal with certain students who don't appreciate the school property. The chairs need improvement and also needs advocate less stress especially in students trying to aim high, and give students a chance to give evaluations on the staffs' teaching styles, it can really hurt their grade. As an senior, the counselors never told us to find recommendations over the summer, and prepare us at all.