Open School, Inc.
Open School, a community-based non-profit, was founded in 1971 and is one of Portland's oldest alternative schools. Open School is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission AdvancED and registered with the Oregon Department of Education as a private school. Services provided include assessment, education, counseling, advocacy, case management, and post secondary success. Open School offers culturally inclusive instruction and curriculum.
Open School has TWO educational programs, which serve students between the ages of 10-21:
- Open School East - an innovative new school model that prepares students for success in college, career and community. This robust program inspires community, sparks learning and transforms lives through OPEN LEARNING, a mix of advocacy, equity and academics. Currently accepting 7th through 10th grade students.
- STEP-UP - helping students transition to and succeed at Roosevelt, Franklin, and Madison high school campuses
All Open School programs strive to maintain a 1:8 staff/student ratio with an average class size of 13.
Open School's curriculum is designed to address diverse skill levels and learning styles. Staff use a wide range of teaching methods and include activities that are high interest, hands-on, student centered, and individualized to meet specific student needs. Throughout classrooms and schools staff set high expectations for preparation, participation, and performance.
Students are supported in taking responsibility for their own educational planning and success. Students meet regularly with their staff advocate and peer support group. Students actively set goals for themselves. They develop a plan to earn the credits they need to "catch up" or to graduate, and to establish and explore viable transition plans for themselves.
Open School's Mission
The mission of Open School is to develop connection, capability, and confidence in disconnected youth through relationship-based, quality learning experiences that result in academic, personal, and community success.
- Academic-skill development
- Individual tutoring
- Life-skills development
- Advocacy/case management
- Regular peer-support groups
- Issue-focused groups
- Pre-employment training
- School-to-work opportunities
- Project-based Service Learning
- Leadership development
- Post-secondary-education success
Students are accepted on a space-available basis. Admission interview sessions are held throughout the year. Prospective students need a referral from their home school district, complete an application, have an individual interview, and provide Open School with references. Call (503) 488-5200 for a schedule of Open School East admission interview sessions.
As a private nonprofit organization, Open School is supported primarily through contracts for service and donations from individuals, foundations, and local businesses.
Open Schools engages students and partners of any race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, national and ethnic origin, political affiliation, disability, veteran status, or any other category protected by applicable law. It does not discriminate on these bases in the administration of any activities.