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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  • Interested in ACCESS Academy Alternative Program for your child? 

    Find out eligibility requirements and how to apply HERE!

    Application process will remain open until further notice.

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ACCESS Relocation

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  • Update on our process for identifying a new location for ACCESS Academy

    The following message from Dr. Yvonne Curtis, Deputy Superintendent of Instruction and School Communities, was sent to ACCESS families April 9, 2018:

    Dear ACCESS Academy community,

    I would like to provide a brief update on our process for identifying a location for ACCESS Academy for next school year. We have assembled an Advisory Group to help inform our research and decision making. As many of you learned at the Principal’s coffee last Friday, this group is comprised of ACCESS Academy parents, teachers and district leaders involved in securing a home for ACCESS Academy.



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  • August 25, 2017


    Dear ACCESS Families,

    It is hard to believe that summer break has come to an end, but the total eclipse was a fantastic way to kick off the new school year! Staff returned today and we are spending three days engaged in professional development and planning for the new school year.  We are all very excited to welcome new and returning ACCESS students and families next week.  


    Anh Nguyen-Johnson, Principal

    Welcome to New Staff:

    • Ms. Beth Hufford will teach 1st/2nd grade
    • Mr. Thomas Johnson will teach 6th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies

    Important Information:

    • Bus Schedules: School Bus Routes for 2017-2018 are currently available here:  *Select ACCESS at ROSE CITY PARK from the drop down menu.
    • School Supplies: The student Supply List can be found here:
    • Start and End Times for Students:
      • Grades 1-5 students will begin at 8:45am and end at 3:00pm
      • Grades 6-8 students will begin at 8:45am and end at 3:15pm

    **All buses are scheduled for 8:45am start and 3:15pm end.
    **Students that ride the bus in Grades 1-5 will be supervised by school staff from 3:00pm-3:15pm until the students board the bus at 3:15pm. Students in Grades 1-5 that do not ride the bus will be released to their parent/guardian at 3:00pm.

    School Calendar Items to Note:

    • Community Care Day at RCP: Saturday, August 26 from 9:00am-12:00pm
    • Ice Cream Social: Monday, August 28 from 4:30-6:00pm
      • Come directly to the playground and check in with staff to pick-up a copy of your student’s schedule
      • Bring your student’s school supplies to their homeroom (Grades 1-5) or to their 1st period class (Grades 6-8)

    **If you are not able to attend the Ice Cream Social on Monday, August 28 from 4:30-6:00pm, you can log in to ParentVUE/StudentVUE on Tuesday, August 29 to view your student’s schedule (middle school) or your teacher (elementary). Also, school supplies can be dropped off outside of the classroom (elementary) or in the main hallway (middle school) on Tuesday, August 29 from 8:30am-4:00pm. Supplies can also be brought to school on the first day, which is Wednesday, August 30.

    • First Day of School for Students: Wednesday, August 30
    • Principal’s Coffee: Friday, September 1 from 8:45am-9:45am in the Auditorium
    • No School in Observance of Labor Day: Monday, September 4
    • Back to School Night: Tuesday, September 19 from 6:00pm-8:00pm
    • Late Opening: Wednesday, September 20


    ACCESS Academy 2017-18 Schedule Update

    Dear ACCESS Community,

    I am excited about the new school year and looking forward to meeting you and your students. As you are planning for the year, I need to update you on start and end times. 

    Based on current contract terms, the start and end times are:

    • Grades 1-5 will begin at 8:45am and end at 3:00pm.
    • Grades 6-8 will begin at 8:45am and end at 3:15pm.

    All buses are scheduled for 8:45am start and 3:15pm end.

    Students that ride the bus in Grades 1-5 will be supervised by school staff from 3:00pm-3:15pm until the students board the bus at 3:15pm. Students in Grades 1-5 that do not ride the bus will be released to their parent/guardian at 3:00pm.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding. I anticipate this will be the schedule for the entire year, but should anything change as a result of the contract agreement I will let you know. If you have any questions, please contact me.


    Anh Nguyen-Johnson, 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.


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