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ACCESS Academy Alternative Program

An Accelerated Program
for Highly Gifted Students

2334 NE 57th AvePortland, OR 97213Ph (503) 916-6482Fx (503) 916-2547

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  • 2017-18 Application Process

    Applications for admission to ACCESS Academy in 2017-18 are NOW OPEN. Completed applications must be received by the PPS Enrollment & Transfer Department on or before March 24, 2017.

    There are two parts to the ACCESS application process:

    1. Complete an ACCESS Eligibility Form and supporting documents in paper or online. School staff from ACCESS Academy and the PPS TAG Department will review these Forms to determine each applicant’s eligibility for admission to ACCESS. You may print the required documents here:, OR you may complete the required forms online here:


    2. Complete a PPS School Choice application (link here:, if appropriate, an income eligibility form. If there are more eligible applicants than available seats for a given grade, students will be selected through a lottery conducted by PPS Enrollment & Transfer, with some preference for students who qualify for free-/reduced-price meals, eligible siblings of current students, and a weight to balance classrooms by gender.

    Information Sessions are held at ACCESS Academy, 2334 NE 57th Ave, Portland, OR, and are as follows (parents/students welcome!):

    Wednesday, Feb. 22 = 6:30-8:00 PM

    Tuesday, Feb. 28 = 6:30-8:00 PM

    Wednesday, March 8 = 9:00-10:30 AM




    February 9, 2017

    Dear Prospective ACCESS Families,

    We are thrilled that you are considering the ACCESS Academy Alternative Program for your student.  ACCESS is a vibrant, supportive community of 360 highly gifted 1st to 8th-grade learners and their families.  We expect to add new students in 1st to 7th grades for 2017-18, with the largest number of openings at 1st and 3rd grades.  The ACCESS community is delighted to share our home at Rose City Park in Northeast Portland with our neighbors from Beverly Cleary.

    ACCESS Academy provides curriculum acceleration and enrichment options to meet the needs of our highly gifted learners.  ACCESS’s outstanding teaching staff is highly skilled at meeting gifted learners’ rate and level of learning.  Our flexible program design -- including a Walk to Math program for grades 1-6 -- allows for flexibility in meeting students’ needs based on ability level, rather than chronological age or grade level.  Our enriched curriculum includes Music, Wellness, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Library, and Technology for all students.

    ACCESS Academy Atoms come from all over Portland, and from all walks of life.  They have in common: (1) exceptional performance (99th percentile+) on one or more nationally-normed, standardized tests, and (2) a demonstrated need for an alternative educational program.  ACCESS students are past and current state champions in Chess, Lego Robotics, Intel Science Fair, Geography and Spelling Bees and more. Just as important, ACCESS students are a caring, supportive, service-oriented community that take care of one another.  School bus transportation is provided to ACCESS from all over PPS.

    We welcome a community of highly gifted learners that is representative of the racial, cultural, and linguistic diversity of Portland Public Schools. ACCESS welcomes applications from students with disabilities, students who receive Special Education services, and emergent bilingual students who receive ESL services.

    For more information about ACCESS, I encourage you to review the ACCESS FAQs found on our website under “About Us” here: ACCESS Information Sessions will occur on February 22 (6:30-8:00 PM), February 28 (6:30-8:00 PM), or March 8 (9-10:30 AM).  

    We look forward to sharing more about ACCESS Academy with you!

    David J. Wood
    Principal, ACCESS Academy @ Rose City Park

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