Portland Public Schools is moving toward a middle school model for students in grades 6-8 as a way to provide expanded options and stronger programs to more students. In April, the PPS Board directed the district to open two middle schools by fall 2018 at Harriet Tubman and Roseway Heights. District planners have developed a detailed framework for the components of exemplary middle schools to be used as a guide. This web page will serve as a clearinghouse of information as the projects move forward.
Starting in September 2017, PPS conducted several months of Harriet Tubman Middle School community engagement meetings at Boise-Eliot/Humboldt, Irvington, Martin Luther King Jr., and Sabin schools. These included an open house attended by 450 people, and several tours of the building with families, community members and staff. Updates were provided at each meeting, by Principal Natasha Butler, district leadership and other staff.
6/29/2018Harriet Tubman Alumni and Community Partners,
We are excited about the re-opening of Harriet Tubman Middle School and the promise of academic excellence and opportunity for students and families in North and Northeast. We believe that our success will be rooted in the efforts of alumna who have once attended Harriet Tubman Middle School and understand the importance of leveraging the skills and experiences of those that have paved the way.
The District is opening new middle schools at Roseway Heights and Harriet Tubman as part of an effort to offer more equitable middle grades education in those communities. This is a large and complex task that involves dozens of PPS schools, programs and departments. A look at the progress of some of the related projects:
Dear Harriet Tubman Middle School Future Families and Community Members:
The Harriet Tubman Middle School meeting scheduled for Monday, April 16 at Irvington School is being postponed so that we can give you a more comprehensive update in the weeks to come.