ACCESS grades 1-5 are co-located at Vestal Elementary School in Northeast Portland at 161 NE 82nd Ave. ACCESS grades 6-8 are co-located at Lane Middle School in Southeast Portland, at 7200 SE 60th Ave. PPS provides school bus transportation for students who live greater than one mile away from the site(s).
ACCESS serves the needs of highly gifted students many of whom have a high degree of asynchrony between subjects.
ACCESS accepts applications from students in the Portland Public Schools District. The admission process complies with all federal and state statutes and regulations.
ACCESS Admissions Criteria
ACCESS admits highly capable students who perform at the 99th percentile on nationally normed tests for aptitude and/or achievement in any or all of the following areas: reading, math, or general intellect. The program is suitable for students who have exceeded all or most benchmarks.
Accelerated Curriculum & Enrichment
The program curriculum covers the "scope and sequence" requirements of Portland Public Schools, along with instructional strategies and curriculum considered "best practice" in working with highly capable students. The curriculum is taught at an accelerated pace to meet the needs of students who have exceeded all or most benchmarks.
ACCESS provides enrichment in classrooms throughout the day, as well as through specific activities, such as student participation in National Spelling Bee, Oregon Writing Festival, American Math Competition, Middle School Science Bowl, Northwest Science Expo, and Chess for Success.
- Curriculum is in two formats: Grades 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 are self-contained with the exception of math, where students "walk to" math class at their appropriate level each day. Math levels are assessed throughout the school year.
- Grades 6 through 8 are rotational: Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies, high school level Spanish every day for grades 7-8, as well as rotating through Physical Education and an enrichment class for 6th grade. Math for grades 6 through 8 is taught through Algebra 3-4. Students needing to continue after Algebra 3-4 may take online math courses, approved by PPS. English and Social Studies for grades 6 through 8 is taught with advanced levels of text and critical processes. Emphasis is on writing and analysis. Science is taught through freshman year physics, which offers high school credit.
- Students may receive high school credit while in elementary or and will receive it in middle school.
Unique Program Opportunities
- Education with intellectual peers
- Grouped by instructional level in core subjects
- Students work at an accelerated pace (several years above grade level)
- Opportunity for independent study and research
- Students may earn high school credit for high school-level coursework