Boise-Eliot/Humboldt PK-8 School

Focus on Science, Technology,
Engineering, Arts and Math

620 N Fremont AvenuePortland, OR 97227Ph (503) 916-6171Fx (503) 916-2611

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Humboldt News

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  • OBOB Team

    This year a group of 4th Graders attended the regional OBOB tournament at James John.  They participated in 4 battles and represented the school well. From right to left Stella, Selina, Donnie, Mahtida and Kaytlyn
  • Join us for Brews and Bingo

     Join us for a 21 and over event to raise money for our school. 
    We will have food, drinks, bingo and prizes.
  • Get to Know Us With Videos

    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School has been featured in district news, local news, and even produces a ton of our own videos. Visit our YouTube Channel to spot your student or learn more about the good work we do at this school.



  • Welcome to Boise-Eliot/Humboldt (BEH).

    This fall our school will return to being a PreK-5 school after eleven years of being PreK-8.  We will miss serving grades 6-8 and collaborating with our middle school staff colleagues. However, we are also excited that our neighborhood students and community will have access to an exclusive middle school experience.  Our middle grade students will join Sabin, Irvington and King as feeders schools to reopen Harriet Tubman Middle School.

    As a PreK-5 school, our vision and mission will remain everything STEAM - science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.  The projected shortage of qualified employees for these jobs underscores our framework, which provides multiple opportunities for students to discover a passion for these fields as early as possible.

    Through our collective work, we are grateful for partners such as U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Clean Rivers Education, Architects in Schools and Wortham Bridge-building Inc. Our arts program will be powered by elective offerings in music and dance and an extensive partnership with the Right Brain Initiative (RB). RB affords every grade level an opportunity to work with two artists-in-residence over the course of each school year.  Examples of study include short stop-motion films, music composition, and drumming and dance to increase focus and attention.

    As you get to know us, you'll find that Boise-Eliot/Humboldt is made up of great staff, teachers, families, and volunteers working together to support our students. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds that enrich community and help us grow as educators on a daily basis.

    Our projected demographics next year are: 55% - Black, 20% - White, 11% - Hispanic, 11% - Multiple race and 3% - Asian. We are the last school left in the State of Oregon comprised of majority African-American students. We are proud of the torch we carry and the role BEH has played in Portland’s Civil Rights struggle since the 1940s.

    In grades K-2, an average of 70% of students are reading and performing math at grade level.  We are excited about the new PPS superintendent of schools, Guadalupe Guerrero, and his vision for education. We are confident that the academic bar at BEH will continue to build on the foundation being laid in our early grades.

    At BEH we are facing equity challenges head-on and have systems in place to ensure that we're all working together to the extent possible to provide the best learning environment. It is not always an easy conversation, but is something we strive to bring to everyday practice with student voices near the center.

    If you are a BEH family, please consider how you can invest in whatever avenue is possible for you. From small donations of money or a ream of printer paper to attending a PTA family event or even joining PTA or site council helps our village. You’re also certainly welcome to volunteer in your child's classroom if you are able. I do believe that every person has something unique to contribute, and that each person who enters our school can impact it for the better.

    You can always track us on facebook, or follow my Twitter account.

    Kevin Bacon, Principal

    Kevin Bacon, Principal


District News

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  • Message on April 20 student walkouts

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    Dear PPS Community,

    Please know that in collaboration with school administrators, district leadership actively monitored the hundreds of mostly middle and high school students who walked out of our schools today as part of a national demonstration against violence in schools. I am pleased to say that, by all reports, this was a peaceful and respectful event with no serious incidents. While these actions were not district-sponsored activity, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all who helped keep students safe, starting with the students themselves who remained organized, calm and intentional throughout. Others who helped include Portland police, PPS security, and other PPS staff. Thank you all.

  • A message from Deputy Superintendent Dr. Yvonne Curtis on 2018-19 staffing levels

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    Portland Public Schools is in the process of allocating teaching staff at schools throughout the district. As has been true for many years, we are working within a budget that has been chronically underfunded by the state, and we are doing our utmost to make the most of the resources we have. Understandably, parents, students and PPS staff want to know what will happen at their specific schools. While precise allocations won’t be known until enrollment figures become clear in the fall, we can share what we know at this point, and answer many of the questions we have heard to date.

  • PPS Pulse, April 17, 2018

    In this week's PPS Pulse: Benson’s Curtis Wilson is state HS Principal of the Year; Martin Luther King Jr. School celebrates 50th anniversary of name change
  • Martin Luther King Jr. School celebrates 50th anniversary of name change

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    It’s been 50 years since some impassioned students led the movement to rename their school after Martin Luther King, Jr. Last Friday, the community turned out in force to show appreciation, and to honor Dr. King with a huge celebration at the school.