• De Paul Alternative High School

    4310 NE Killingsworth St.
    Portland, OR  97218

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    De Paul Alternative High School was established in 1990. It received its full accreditation from the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools in 2010. Each year, nearly 200 students attend classes while in residential treatment. The school's curriculum is creatively designed to inspire confidence in learning. We provide intellectual enrichment in support of recovery for our community's youth who are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. At De Paul we are committed to providing a challenging learning environment for all students regardless of their educational histories. We believe that young people naturally like to learn and be successful in school. Intellectual growth and critical thinking skills are key elements in young people's sustained sobriety and provide them with the foundation to become lifelong learners. We create an environment that balances academic achievement with life-skills development to foster both emotional and social growth. Our courses and curricula are designed to engage our students and provide individualized, high-quality, academic learning opportunities.

    De Paul provides the only residential drug and alcohol treatment available to any young person in northwestern Oregon with a primary diagnosis of substance abuse or addiction, regardless of their ability to pay for services. The De Paul Youth Treatment Center is located next to St. Charles church near NE 42nd and Killingsworth. The De Paul Alternative School and De Paul’s youth outpatient offices are also located on the site. 

    Treatment at De Paul is strengths-based.  It includes individual, group and family counseling, drug and alcohol education and anger and stress management among other components. Services for students with co-occurring mental health disorders are provided. The staff includes a dietitian, a registered nurse and a psychiatric nurse practitioner. The program strives to expand its students’ horizons through exposure to arts and cultural activities, career options and volunteerism. Students earn school credit at the De Paul Alternative School while in treatment.

    Special Residential Program Features:

    • Complete assessment at admission
    • Accommodation of dually-diagnosed youth
    • Gender- and culture-specific treatment groups
    • Family counseling
    • A culturally respectful environment
    • Close coordination with referents
    • Youth involvement in a therapeutic community setting

    Youth are given the opportunity to assist in developing the plan for their treatment and aftercare. De Paul counselors help clients find medical care, housing and employment assistance and other services they may need.

    Family counseling group sessions are held once a week and are viewed as an integral part of treatment. Counseling of individual families is also available. 

    Special Educational Program Features

    • Small class size (8-15 per class)
    • High-interest academic topics--Art, Fitness, Healthy Relationships
    • Hands-on learning opportunities, including field trips and guest speakers
    • Access to online classes for credit recovery
    • Individualized tutoring
    • GED preparation with an emphasis on postsecondary education
    • Opportunities for self-assessment

    De Paul Treatment Centers Inc. is a nationally accredited, independent, nonprofit agency funded in part by Multnomah and Washington counties, the State of Oregon and private donations.


Jackie Motzer
Education Program Manager
(503) 535-1150 x1104