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Charter Schools

Charter Schools

  • Portland Public Charter Schools

    Charter schools are public schools that are intended to provide innovative programs with specific educational philosophies and/or delivery models that offer additional options for students and families within the public school system.  Charter schools enter into a contract with Portland Public Schools for sponsorship and they maintain a high level of autonomy in exchange for increased accountability.

    The Board of Education of Portland Public Schools believes that providing students and families a variety of education choices representing a range of high quality instructional methodologies is an important element in the district's goals and assists the district in meeting the objectives of its Strategic Plan to provide flexibility for programs that facilitate students achieving their very best academic and personal potential.

    The mission of the Charter Schools Department is to support and monitor a robust, high performing, and innovative PPS charter school portfolio, to promote equity and learning for all students, to advocate and act as a liaison for PPS charter schools and for the district in its role as a charter school authorizer, and to educate the district, parents, stakeholders, and community partners about charter schools.  We pursue our mission through the creation and implementation of transparent, equitable practices as recommended by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) (supported by NACSA membership, conference attendance, and other professional development opportunities), a rigorous application process for new charter schools including review by an internal PPS team of reviewers, ongoing oversight through annual evaluation of academic, financial, and organizational performance to support and continuously contribute to the improvement of high quality charter schools, productive partnerships with PPS charter schools and other stakeholders, including parents, community and district and through a systemic commitment to equity and high educational achievement for all students. 

    Please contact the charter schools directly if you are interested in applying to their programs. 

    You can find a list of charter schools by clicking here.    

    Click the buttons below to access information on charter schools or the process to create a charter school:

    Family Community Developer 


    The current PPS Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook can be found at the bottom of the following page: 

    The District is collaborating with the Portland Association of Teachers to update this document to align with recent changes in State Law (SB 553).  

    Please contact individual charter schools for their student/family handbooks.  


Tara O'Neil
Program Director, PPS Charter Schools
(503) 916-3359
Jenny Braden
Administrative Assistant, PPS Charter Schools
(503) 916-3857