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

    2017-18 applications are currently in the review process.  We expect decisions to be mailed to applicant's homes no later than June 2nd.

    Thank you for your interest in ACCESS Academy!


    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!

District News

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  • HS Technology Demo

    High school students from across the district displayed their computer science projects which ranged from a phone app to a 3D printed robotic hand at the First Annual Computer Science Tech Show. Sean Brown, a senior from Benson high school, motivated by his love for music, video games, and guitar hero customized software that drives light using an Arduino to control the guitar hero game and lights via a guitar controller.


    This year PPS High School students won 4 Oregon Game Project Challenge awards:

    Best in Show: “Team Team Team Team,” from Wilson High School

    Judges Choice: “Project Ataahk,” from Wilson High School

    Programming: “Migos,” from Wilson High School

    Game Design: “Clockwork Games,” from Roosevelt High School

  • End-of-Year Student Award Ceremonies

    At the end of every school year, the School-family Partnership program sponsors Student Recognition Award ceremonies for successful students across the district. These award ceremonies are essential to honor and reward students whose achievements represent the best of PPS, and to inspire their fellow students in the coming school year. We’re excited to celebrate these students and are looking forward to sharing their stories with you.

  • ¡Sí Se Puede! Latino Student Recognition

    ¡Sí Se Puede! (Yes we can!) is an opportunity for students to celebrate and inspire each other, build new relationships and share the rich diversity of their talents and experiences with the greater Portland community. Join us Wednesday, May 24th, 5:30-8pm, as PPS honors 16 Latino students in grades 8-12. The celebration will take place at the BESC, 501 North Dixon Street.
  • Golden Minds-API Student Awards

    PPS will recognize 35 Asian and Pacific Islander (API) graduating seniors at the 2017 Golden Minds. The keynote speaker is Chris Uehara, Portland Police Assistant Chief. The public is invited to the celebration Thursday, May 25, 5:30-8pm, at the BESC, 501 N. Dixon Street.
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