PISA Referral Process
  • PPS Staff, please follow the steps below:

    1. Student and family arrive directly to neighborhood high school.

      • Family completes PPS registration and other documents as needed. If a language other than English is identified in the Language Use Survey on the registration form, update in Synergy.
      • Review registration question 16-18 to determine if student may have an interruption of education.  

    *SIFE is a student with interrupted education of more than 2 years and is at least 2 or more years behind their peers.

       Contact the ESL Assessment Specialist, Matthew Oleson (moleson@pps.net).  He will administer the ELPA Screener.

    2.  Eligible students learn about PISA in two ways


    • Once we learn of eligibility, PISA contacts the family to share information about the program

    3.  Interested students and families visit PISA to determine if PISA is the best option.

    4.  PISA notifies neighborhood school of the student/family decision.

    • If family chooses PISA, the student is dropped from the neighborhood school, and the PISA secretary will enroll the student at PISA and request cum folder.
    • Neighborhood school ponies student’s record to PISA @ Benson.
    • The student begins attending PISA as soon as possible.


  • PISA Program

    Portland International Scholars Academy (PISA) is an optional full-day high school program located at Benson High School.  Students who are new to the US within the last two years and have beginning English proficiency are eligible. 

    • Student has been enrolled in a US school less than two years AND is eligible for high school.
    • Student scores  Emerging on ELPA21/ Screener.
    • Students entering 11th or 12th grade will be reviewed on a case by case basis.  
    • PISA students are placed in a grade level based on birthdate; however, courses are assigned based on educational needs and graduation requirements. 

    PISA will partner with neighborhood schools and outside organizations when PISA is not the best option for students.

    If you have any questions, please call Laura Pierce-Cummings at (503)-916-5252.