Portland Public Schools

 
Portland, Oregon

501 North Dixon StreetPortland, OR 97227503-916-2000

School Choice Transfer Process

  • Focus Option Lottery Transfer Requests
    Transfer to focus options such as language immersion programs and arts/science-based schools occurs through an annual computerized lottery. The high school lottery cycle opens February 3 with an application deadline of February 17 for the 2016-17 school year. The K-8 lottery cycle opens February 18 and the application deadline is March 9, 2016.

    Lottery slots:

    • High School
    • Elementary/Middle School (lottery slots will be posted February 18, 2016)
      (Note: Some grade-levels are not available through the lottery. Use petition process instead.)
      Focus option open house schedule and admission requirements

    Beginning in 2015, students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals or attend a Head Start Pre-kindergarten program have a better chance of being approved to eleven focus option schools and programs. Income eligibility guidelines and a list of schools/programs that offer preference to qualified applicants for 2016-2017 will be posted upon being updated.

  • Petition Transfer Requests
    Transfer to a PPS neighborhood school outside the neighborhood in which you live is through a petition request. Access to some focus option grade levels is also done through petition.What: In a petition, families explain why their child needs to transfer. PPS evaluates all reasons and also takes into consideration whether there is space available at the requested school.

    What: In a petition, families explain why their child needs to transfer. PPS evaluates all reasons and also takes into consideration whether there is space available at the requested school.

    When: Petition requests may be submitted at any time. But for the best chance of placement, PPS encourages families to submit petitions by June for the next school year.     

    How: Petition forms are available through the link on the right.  

    More information about the petitions: 

    Inter-District Transfer Requests
    Students who live in the boundaries of other school districts may request transfer into PPS schools, and students who live in the PPS district may ask for permission to attend schools in other districts. There are state laws that govern the inter-district transfer process. Generally, transfer decisions are made in the spring for the following school year. [Read More]

    Additional Transfer Process Information
    Lottery Preferences and Rules (available soon)
    Frequently Used Transfer Terms 
    Transfer Policy (4.10.051-P), updated January 2015 
    Administrative Directive (4.10.054-AD), updated March, 2015
    Rules for students affected by boundary change: Student Assignment Review & School Boundary Changes (4.10.049-AD)
    Jefferson-area 8th graders: Choosing a high school
    All Jefferson area 8th graders need to choose Jefferson or their assigned comprehensive high school. Dual Assignment Form
     

    Other Application Types
    Learn more about other application types. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Enrollment and Transfer Center at 503-916-3205.

     

Focus Option Lottery

Upcoming Transfer Dates

  • The elementary/middle school lottery will open February 18.

    Separate interdistrict & pre-kindergarten lotteries will be held later in the spring. Check back for updates.

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Petition Transfer Request