February 13, 2017
The Board of Education approved a boundary change between Peninsula and Chief Joseph. Click here to learn how it could affect your family.
Why Do We Need to Balance Enrollment?
As a city, Portland is growing and changing. These changes mean that some schools have too many students (are overcrowded) or too few students (are under-enrolled). Enrollment is steadily rising, which gives us an opportunity to address overcrowding and under-enrollment and to create strong schools in every neighborhood.
What is DBRAC?
The District-wide Boundary Review Advisory Committee (DBRAC) is a community-led advisory committee. This committee is a group of volunteers that has included parents, students, teachers, community leaders, city officials, and PPS staff.
The committee's job is to make recommendations to the Superintendent on school boundaries and grade configuration (for example, moving from K-8 schools to more elementary and middle schools). Their role is to listen to community feedback, analyze data and scenarios produced by staff, and produce recommendations that match what they believe is in the best interest of students and families. The Superintendent takes their recommendations, does more analysis and community listening, and makes recommendations to your elected Board of Education. The Board makes a final decision on changes.
We Heard Your Feedback
DBRAC and Portland Public Schools requested your feedback on how we can work together to right-size neighborhood schools.
PPS staff developed three draft options that highlight challenges and opportunities prioritized by DBRAC. Click here for an overview of these options, and the problems these options could solve: Español / English
Multiple opportunities were available for families to provide feedback.
Fall Community Meetings
Click each of the meetings below for meeting materials.
The scope of DBRAC work in the Fall/Winter of 2016-17 was to address balancing for Ockley Green K-5 feeder schools--in particular, to make sure that Chief Joseph 5th grade can move out of Ockley Green next year, consolidation options to support middle grades programs, and options to address overcrowding where possible during the 2017-18 school year. Based on the preliminary draft options produced by staff and community input, DBRAC identified several tradeoffs, tensions, and constraints.
1. Option 1: Adjust boundaries along major roads for incoming Kindergarteners to achieve two right-sized sections of Kindergarten for 2017-2018. Incoming students living in the Kenton neighborhood would no longer attend Chief Joseph but would attend Peninsula K5.
2. Option 2: Temporarily send Chief Joseph 5th graders to Peninsula for one year.
What happens next?
Interim Superintendent McKean will make a recommendation to the Board of Education. The Board will make the final decision.
February 13, 2017
UPDATE: This proposal was approved by the Board on February 13, 2017 and will take effect for new neighborhood students starting in Fall 2017. Interim Superintendent Bob McKean recommended to the Board a small boundary change that would assign new students in the Kenton neighborhood to Peninsula instead of Chief Joseph beginning next year. The aim of this boundary change is to make space in Ockley Green Middle School by enabling Chief Joseph to become a K-5 again. This proposal was one of two options recommended by DBRAC.
Meeting Materials and Questions & Answers
Tues, Nov. 15: Black Family Information Night @ Beach
Wed, Nov. 16: Peninsula PTA Meeting
Wed, Nov. 16: Chief Joseph PTA Meeting
Wed, Nov. 16: Beach PTA Meeting
Fri, Nov. 18: Principal’s Coffee Beach
Fri, Nov. 18: Principal’s Coffee Ockley Green
Mon, Nov. 21: Woodlawn SUN Families
Tue, Nov. 29: Woodlawn PTA Meeting