The Odyssey Program
How to Apply for the Lottery
There are two parts to apply for The Odyssey Program lottery...
THE SCHOOL PART
The Odyssey Program is a special type of Portland Public School, known as a Focus Option Program. It is open to all PPS students and families.
View lottery slots and wait list information here.
Information meetings are usually held at the school, however due to COVID-19 we will be holding a Zoom Q&A meeting this year.
Please view the below videos and submit the Form via the provided link. An Odyssey Statement of Understanding (SOU) will then be emailed to you for your completion; which is required to be eligible for the lottery. The SOU states that you understand the expectations and uniqueness of the Odyssey Program.
Watch these videos:
Welcome from Principal Berg: Click here to view the video
All About The Odyssey Program: Click here to view the video
A Parent's Perspective: Click here to view the video
A Middle School Student’s Perspective: Click here to view the video
A 5th Grade Student's Perspective: Click here to view the video
Submit this form to receive a Statement of Understanding for the K-5th grade lottery.
A signed Statement of Understanding is required to be submitted to the school in order to be eligible for the lottery.
(Return SOU to school via email, fax or US mail)
The Parent Q & A Zoom meeting took place on Feb 24, 2021 04:00 PM Pacific Time. Click here to view the meeting.
Parents of Kindergarteners: Please enroll your child for your PPS neighborhood school. If you are offered and accept an Odyssey spot, we will contact your neighborhood school and have the enrollment transferred to Odyssey. For staffing purposes, the neighborhood schools need to know how many possible kindergarteners will be attending their school. If you do not receive a lottery offer you will be ready to attend your neighborhood school. (If at that time you choose to enroll in a private school, you can cancel your enrollment. ) Click on this link to get started.
THE DISTRICT PART
Submit an application for the School Choice Lottery: The district office will be accepting lottery applications for grades K-5 February 17th through March 16th. Due to very few open spots in our program, listing Odyssey as your first choice school is highly recommended.
Attending a school outside your neighborhood:
PPS offers a petition process for students who wish to attend a school outside their neighborhood. Learn more. PPS also holds a lottery every February/March for the following school year for schools/programs accessed via lottery. Learn more.
Learn about services, options:
Meeting all students needs
- Register at your neighborhood school. If language assistance is needed, register at a Welcome Center (Link) in August. Centers also assess students English language level.
- PPS encourages families with concerns about their child's development under age 5 to get an assessment for special education services. Call the Multnomah Early Childhood Program, 503-261-5535, for a referral to the PPS Early Childhood Evaluation Team. Contact the PPS Team directly if you have questions: 503-916-3426. (English/Spanish).
- Families concerned about their school-age child's academic, motor, self-help, communication or social-emotional skills should talk to their child's teacher about an assessment for services. If you have questions, contact your principal.
- Students K-12 are first nominated by their teacher or parent/guardian and then assessed by PPS. If the student meets the criteria, he or she is selected to participate in the program.