PISA is a multicultural language-focused learning community that promotes social, emotional and academic growth. We prepare diverse Newcomer students to pursue their future goals with confidence.
At Portland International Scholars Academy:
- We invest in inclusive quality instruction that honors students' racial, cultural and linguistic assets.
- We prepare every Emergent Bilingual to be ready to succeed in our schools and thrive in our community.
- Empower students to become leaders while providing
- a safe and supportive learning community
- content classes that incorporate a language focus in every lesson
- an orientation to the US educational system
- meaningful differentiated access to rigorous academic content and foundational educational skills.
- learn content and language skills simultaneously
- work towards attaining content credit
- progress in their language attainment, with a goal of exiting PISA within one year.
- Typically students remain at PISA for up to one year, depending upon student need.
- Students will be counseled on how to succesfully transition to their neighborhood high school.
PISA Class Schedules
- Every student at PISA has a full schedule of classes at the Benson High School campus.
- In addition to English Language Development class, PISA students undergo integrated English language development in a full range of class subjects, including math, language arts, social studies and science. All classes are taught in English. Some native language support may be provided.
Transportation to PISA
- PISA students are provided free city transportation services afforded to all PPS high school students.
- Student has been enrolled in a US school less than two years
- Student scores an A or B (level 1 or 2) on the IPT, or Emerging on ELPA21 Screener.
- Student is eligible for high school.
- Students entering 11th or 12th grade will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
- PISA students are placed in a grade level based on birthdate; however, courses are assigned based on educational needs and graduation requirements.
*PISA will partner with neighborhood schools and outside organizations when PISA is not the best option for students.