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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Portland Public Schools is an above average, public school district located in Portland, OR. It has 48,345 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 51% of students are at least proficient in math and 61% in reading.
Address
501 N Dixon St
Portland, OR 97227
Telephone
(503) 916-2000
Website

Portland Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
61%
Percent Proficient - Math
51%
Average Graduation Rate
75%
Average SAT
1240
1,191 responses
Average ACT
27
916 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
48,345
Free or Reduced Lunch
39.2%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
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%

Portland Public Schools Reviews

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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!
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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.
What I loved about my school is that I had access to a dual language immersion program that was offered in my public school. Once I got to high school I was able to participate in the choir program which is more advanced, especially for a public school with the little money we had. I've always loved the people I've gone to school with and the teachers I've had as well. What I wish could've been better would be the student to teacher ratio in classrooms so I could get more one on one time with teachers. PPS is also currently upgrading school buildings for earthquake safety but it's a slow process; one building at a time. I wish it could've happened sooner so I could've gone to school in a building that hadn't been renovated only once since it opened in the 20s.