Enrollment & Program Balancing

Phase 2 Work on PK-5 Grades Will Start In Mid-April

  • The start of Phase 2 of the Enrollment Balancing process has been delayed until at least after April 15th.

    The Board of Education met on February 22 to discuss phase 2 of PPS’ enrollment and program balancing. Here is the “February 22, 2021 Work Session Agenda.” The focus of the 3-hour work session was to:

    • Identify the most critical issue(s) the School Board believes are the most important to address in the next 12-months on Enrollment and Program Balancing.
    • Identify the policies that require clarification, so that the PPS school district staff (and the Coalition) can effectively and clearly complete Phase 2 of its work.
    • Clarify what PPS believes to be the most important focus areas in the next 12-months.
    • Articulate the successes and opportunities they look to see executed as we plan student, family, school and community engagement on Enrollment and Program Balancing.

    District staff are continuing to engage with the Board to finalize the Phase 2 scope of work with a commitment to center the lived experiences of our students and their families, especially our communities of color. 

    An update of the Phase 2 scope and schedule will be shared in April.

    A full archive of Southeast Guiding Coalition (SEGC) meeting notes, presentations, meeting videos and links are available on the PPS Enrollment and Program Balancing website.

Board Approves Enrollment and Program Balancing Boundaries for 2021-22 School Year

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    We want to give you a final update on Enrollment and Program Balancing decisions that will go into effect in the 2021-22 school year in Southeast Portland. These decisions were finalized at the January 26 Board of Education meeting.

    By a 5-2 vote, the Board approved Resolution 6236, which lays out the enrollment boundaries for PPS schools in Southeast Portland in advance of the opening of the modernized Kellogg Middle School in the fall. The decision completes the Phase 1 work of the Southeast Guiding Coalition.

    Under the approved enrollment boundaries, the neighborhood programs at Arleta, Marysville, Creston and Lent will convert from their kindergarten-to-8th grade (K-8) structure to a K-5 structure. Students in grades 6-8 in those schools will move to Kellogg starting in the 2021-22 school year.

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Richard Smith Will Lead Re-Opening Kellogg Middle School as Principal

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    Richard Smith When Kellogg Middle School re-opens in the fall, veteran educator Richard Smith will lead the effort as principal. Smith, who has been principal of Lent K-8 School since 2018, assumes his new position immediately to get a jump on the myriad of details involved in the opening of the fully modernized campus.

    The opening the Kellogg is the driving force behind the current Enrollment and Program Balancing work being done for schools in Southeast Portland. Details of that work are available on this page.

    Read the announcement naming Smith as Kellogg principal

Southeast Guiding Coalition Meetings

  • Work for Phase 2, which will focus on PK-5 enrollment, will begin in mid-April. A schedule of meetings will be posted here.

Archive of Materials from Completed Meetings

Phase 1: Middle Grades Focus

Orientation & Data 101

  • Overview

    Portland Public Schools has launched a multi-year process to develop a plan to balance student enrollment and programs across our district, which serves nearly 50,000 students in 81 schools. Enrollment and Program Balancing uses both a data-driven analysis process and community input to address needs such as equity and inclusion, transportation, facilities constraints, and much more.

  • Why is PPS facilitating an enrollment balancing process?

  • Read FLO Analytics' Baseline Assessment

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    The PPS Enrollment and Program Balancing Advisory Committee has been working with FLO Analytics to guide our enrollment and program balancing process. As part of the work, we asked FLO to conduct a baseline assessment of Portland Public Schools’ enrollment, programs, facilities, and student demographics. This information is the baseline data required to develop a district-wide framework to guide both short and long-term decision making, as it relates to enrollment and program balancing.

    You can see the full report by clicking on the image above. This report provides an essential and comprehensive understanding of the District’s data so that recommendations can be done with thoughtful intent.

Previous Updates

  • Board Approves Enrollment and Program Balancing Boundaries for 2021-22 School Year

  • Richard Smith Will Lead Re-Opening Kellogg Middle School as Principal

  • January 22 Update on Enrollment and Program Balancing Proposal for Southeast Portland School

  • January 7 Update: Enrollment and Program Balancing Recommendation To Be Presented To Board

  • December 1 Report to the Board Summarizing Feedback from Open House, Focus Groups

  • November 10 Update: Open House and Focus Group Virtual Meetings Next Week

  • October 27 Message to Families

  • September 29 Message to Families

  • March 2020 Update

  • Letter to community on community feedback sessions on enrollment policy

  • February 2020 Update: Board passes scope of work

  • February 2020: Policy Revisions

Share Your Feeback

  • Share your feedback with the Guiding Coalition.
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  • Поделитесь своим мнением с руководящей коалицией
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Schools & Representatives

  • Schools

    These schools will participate in both Phase 1 (October 8 to December 1) and Phase 2 (Spring 2021):

    • Arleta K-8
    • Atkinson Elementary
    • Bridger K-8
    • Cleveland High
    • Creative Science K-8
    • Creston K-8
    • Franklin High
    • Harrison Park K-8
    • Hosford Middle
    • Lane Middle
    • Lent K-8
    • Madison High
    • Marysville K-8
    • Mt. Tabor Middle
    • Sunnyside Environmental K-8
    • Vestal Elementary
    • Woodstock Elementary

    These schools will join the process in Phase 2 (Spring 2021):

    • Abernethy Elementary
    • Glencoe Elementary
    • Grout Elementary
    • Kelly Elementary
    • Lewis Elementary
    • Whitman Elementary
    • Woodmere Elementary


    Click on the image below to see the roster of school representatives in the SE Guiding Coalition:

    Click to see list