Education in Portland, Oregon
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.
- 1 Public elementary and secondary education
- 2 Private primary and secondary education
- 3 Colleges and universities
- 4 Weekend educational programs
- 5 References
Public elementary and secondary education
|Reynolds School District||10,700|
|David Douglas School District||9,500|
|Centennial School District||6,700|
|Parkrose School District||3,700|
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. Some of the elementary schools include; Abernethy, Hollyrood, Bridlemile, and Peninsula. Some of the K8 schools are Martin Luther King Jr., Harvey Scott, Bridger, and Hayhurst. Some of the middle schools are Jackson, George, and Mt. Tabor.
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
|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|
|Woodrow Wilson High School||Portland Public||Damon Stoudamire, Wayne Twitchell, Dale Murphy|
Private primary and secondary education
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, Summa Academy and Portland Adventist Academy.
Colleges and universities
Public colleges and universities
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
|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. Mark Leon Poorman||3911|
|Reed College||Private||1908||John Kroger||1464|
|Warner Pacific College||Christian||1937||Dr. Andrea Cook||644|
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") surrounded by other hospitals including a Veterans Affairs Hospital, Portland Shriners Hospital, and Doernbecher Children's Hospital.
Other private schools
Weekend educational programs
The Portland Japanese School, a weekend Japanese educational program for Japanese citizens and Japanese Americans, holds its classes at Hazelbrook Middle School at Tualatin and has its school office in Beaverton. The school first opened in 1971 and students come from areas throughout the Portland metropolitan area.
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