Education in Portland, Oregon

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Portland, Oregon contains six public school districts, many private schools, as well as public and private colleges and universities including Portland State University, the largest public university in Oregon.

Public elementary and secondary education[edit]

District Enrollment
Portland Schools 46,000
Reynolds School District 10,700
David Douglas School District 9,500
Centennial School District 6,700
Parkrose School District 3,700
Riverdale 220

Portland is served by six school districts, Parkrose, David Douglas, Centennial, Reynolds, Riverdale, and Portland Public. The largest, Portland Public School District consists of about 100 schools covering, in various combinations, grades kindergarten through 12, as well as 50 special education programs. The number of students in the school district is approximately 53,000 — an enrollment of over 90% of the available school-age children, a higher percentage than other large urban school districts.[1][2] Some of the elementary schools include; Hollyrood, Martin Luther King Jr., Laurelhurst and Harvey Scott. Also here are a list of some of the middle schools; Harriet Tubman, Beaumont, Fernwood and Gregory Heights.

Parkrose and David Douglas school districts are also fully contained within the city. The Parkrose District has a single high school, a middle school and four elementary schools.

Portland high schools[edit]

School name District Established Enrollment Notable alumni
Benson Polytechnic High School Portland Public A. C. Green
Cleveland High School Portland Public Phil Knight
David Douglas High School David Douglas
Franklin High School Portland Public
Grant High School Portland Public Terrell Brandon, Sally Struthers, Beverly Cleary, Thomas M. Lauderdale
Jefferson High School Portland Public Terry Baker, Aaron Miles
Lincoln High School Portland Public Mel Blanc, Elliott Smith, Matt Groening, Peter Jacobsen, S. David Griggs
Madison High School Portland Public
Marshall High School Portland Public
Mount Scott Alternative High School Portland Public
Parkrose High School Parkrose Michael Allen Harrison, Susan J. Helms
Roosevelt High School Portland Public
Metropolitan Learning Center Portland Public
Riverdale Riverdale 1888 220
Woodrow Wilson High School Portland Public Damon Stoudamire, Wayne Twitchell, Dale Murphy

Private primary and secondary education[edit]

The region also has a number of private schools, including: Catlin Gabel School, Central Catholic High School, De La Salle North Catholic High School, Franciscan Montessori Earth School & Saint Francis Academy, French American International School, The International School, The Northwest Academy, Oregon Episcopal School, St. Mary's Academy, Trinity Academy, Trinity Lutheran Church and School, Portland Waldorf School, Portland Jewish Academy, Village Free School, Holy Family Catholic School, Columbia Christian Schools, Portland Christian Schools, Pacific Crest Community School, Village Home Education Resource Center and Choices Independent Learning and Portland Adventist Academy.

Colleges and universities[edit]

Public colleges and universities[edit]

Waldschmidt Hall at the University of Portland.

Portland State University, with graduate and undergraduate enrollment of over 26,000, is Oregon's largest university. Its primary campus is at the southern edge of downtown.

Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) began as the University of Oregon Medical School in 1913. In addition to its medical, nursing, and dental divisions (see below), it merged with the Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology in 2001, taking on its current name and composition.

Portland Community College has two major campuses in the city—Cascade and Sylvania—as well as the smaller Southeast Center and Metropolitan Workforce Training Center. The third large campus—Rock Creek—is located outside of the city in unincorporated Washington County.

Private colleges and universities[edit]

Institution Type Founded President Enrollment
Cascade College Christian 1993 Dr. William Goad closed
Concordia University Lutheran 1905 Dr. Charles Schlimpert 1700
Lewis & Clark College Private 1867 Dr. Barry Glassner 3713
Linfield College (Portland Campus) Private 1858 Dr. Thomas L. Hellie 350
Multnomah University and Biblical Seminary Christian 1936 Dr. Daniel R. Lockwood 860
Pacific Northwest College of Art Private 1910 Thomas Manley 550
University of Portland Catholic 1901 Rev. E. W. Beauchamp 3911
Reed College Private 1908 John Kroger 1464
Warner Pacific College Christian 1937 Dr. Andrea Cook 644
Total 11,951

Portland Bible College, Walla Walla University (School of Nursing), and Western Seminary are also located in the city.

Medical schools[edit]

The majority of the OHSU campus is located on Marquam Hill southwest of Downtown Portland.

OHSU has a major medical, dental, and nursing school at its primary campus just south of downtown, in the West Hills. The campus anchors a medical district (affectionately called "Pill Hill"[3]) surrounded by other hospitals including a Veterans Affairs Hospital, Portland Shriners Hospital, and Doernbecher Children's Hospital.

Schools of alternative medicine include Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, the National College of Natural Medicine, and Western States Chiropractic College.

Law schools[edit]

Portland's only law school is Lewis & Clark Law School, affiliated with Lewis & Clark College.

Art schools[edit]

These include the Art Institute of Portland, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Oregon College of Art and Craft, and Northwest Film Center.

Other private schools[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Effects of Census Undercount on School Planning: Report Series: Report Number 5" (PDF). U.S. Census Monitoring Board. February 2001. Retrieved 2006-11-08. 
  2. ^ Buckingham, Matt (March 27, 1996). "Teach Your Children Well - Lunch Money Leading Indicator". Willamette Week. 
  3. ^ "Portland Oregon Trivia". Retrieved 2012-11-29.