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  • The Right to Return Program

    Portland Public Schools has partnered with nearby school districts to launch Right to Return, an enrollment opportunity for students whose families have been displaced by the practices of gentrification and urban renewal.


    Such practices have disproportionately impacted students of color in North and Northeast Portland. Right to Return is an effort on the part of PPS and its partners – and at the behest of Black city leaders – to allow students to return to the schools where they feel most supported and at-home. It is a necessary step toward addressing historic wrongs and fulfilling PPS’s commitment to racial equity and social justice.


    Learn more about Understanding Oregon's history of racism and discrimination.


    How Does Right to Return Work?

    Parents and guardians who live in any of the following districts can begin the Right to Return transfer process by filling out this application on or before September 15th of the upcoming school year:

    David Douglas School District          Reynolds School District        

                                                 Parkrose School District                                                                                                        

    To be eligible for a Right to Return transfer, a student or family member must have lived at an address that is within the North/Northeast Portland Housing Preference Zone (see map). Applicants may be asked to provide verification of their former address.

    Learn more about the City of Portland’s North/Northeast Housing Preference Policy.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is Right to Return connected to housing opportunities?

  • Does my student need permission from their current district to transfer to a participating Right to Return school?

  • What if I live in a district that is not part of Right to Return?

  • If my student’s application is approved, will I need to reapply for the program at any point?

  • Once a student is enrolled in PPS, can they switch to a different PPS school?

  • What if my student changes their mind and wants to go back to their previous school?

  • If my student is approved for Right to Return, can they ride the bus?

  • Can a student be removed from the program for any reason?




  • Space is limited.  Apply early for the best chance of approval.

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