How to Enroll in the Odyssey Program
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.
If you are interested in applying to the Odyssey Program, please:
1. Attend a Parent Information meeting:
- This is a mandatory step in the process of applying for the lottery for Odyssey. You will be asked to fill out a Statement of Understanding at the Info meeting; which is required to be eligible for the lottery. The SOU states you have attended an Info meeting and understand what the Odyssey Program is all about.
Information Meetings (attend one of the following):
Thursday, February 21st 6-7:30 pm
Wednesday, March 6th, 6-7:30 pm
Monday, March 11th, 9:30-11:00 am (This meeting is primarily designed for parents who cannot
attend a meeting on February 21 or March 6. Teachers or administration will not be present at
the March 11th meeting and there will be no classroom visitation available.)
Students are welcome to attend with parent, however childcare is not provided.
2. Submit a PPS application form, listing Odyssey as your first choice school.
- Go to PPS Enrollment and Transfer Office for more information or to complete and submit your application online.
- The 2019-2020 application period opens February 8th at 8:00am and closes March 8th.
- You must attend an information night to be eligible for the lottery.
3. Read and sign the Odyssey Statement of Understanding (as described above in #1) while in attendance at one of the above meetings.
4. If you have any other questions regarding the Odyssey application process, transfer or enrollment, please either contact the Odyssey School office at 503-916-6310 or the PPS Enrollment and Transfer office.
The Odyssey Program at East Sylvan, 1849 SW 58th Ave, Portland, OR, 97221
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 childs 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 childs academic, motor, self-help, communication or social- emotional skills should talk to their childs 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.