• K-5


    We believe that early childhood and elementary learning experiences are foundational for all other learning experiences and outcomes in our PK-12 school system. In elementary school, all students belong and deserve access to high-quality, culturallyempowering, and joyful grade-level learning opportunities. Elementary learning experiences across all content areas support the development of foundational skills, critical thinking and speaking skills, and problem-solving or practical applications. Elementary learning occurs in community--thus, social-emotional learning and academic learning are integrated throughout the day across all content areas.


    Every day, every elementary students engages in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and problem-solving across the following content areas: Language Arts (reading/writing/speaking/listening) and mathematics. Science, Social Studies, Health, art, physical education, and library are taught on a rotation basis. Every day, explicit time is also dedicated to community-building/socialemotional learning.

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  • 6-8

    Middle Grades Core Academics will support PPS’ Instructional Priorities by providing educators with high quality instructional materials and professional learning that will enable all students to thrive academically utilizing the Instructional Framework and the Developmental Continuum.


    All middle grades students will thrive academically in all core disciplines through high quality teaching and learning.

    Purpose Statements:

    • Middle Grades Core Academic Programs in PPS are in support of the broad and complex needs of the adolescent learner.
    • All adolescent learner needs must be thoroughly developed and supported in direct connection to academically thriving students.
    • Together we can support thriving academic environments with students centered.


  • 9-12

    About Us

    The 9-12 Core Academics Program serves to promote the empowerment of professional educators through partnership in continuous learning and the development and refinement of instructional practices, curriculum, and assessment to support every student in attaining the promise of the PPS Graduate Portrait. We strive to approach all of our work, decisions, and resourcing with a culturally relevant and sustaining lens. Our aim is to cultivate the attribute of being an influential and informed global steward in which students are prepared to live and work in a global environment.

    Our commitment

    Advance the academic achievement of all students in Portland Public Schools.

    Our charge

    Ensure that each student graduates from high school prepared for college and careers and equipped with the core content knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in the 21st century.



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