Enrollment & Program Balancing

Richard Smith Will Lead Re-Opening Kellogg Middle School as Principal

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    Richard Smith When Kellogg Middle School re-opens in the fall, veteran educator Richard Smith will lead the effort as principal. Smith, who has been principal of Lent K-8 School since 2018, assumes his new position immediately to get a jump on the myriad of details involved in the opening of the fully modernized campus.

    The opening the Kellogg is the driving force behind the current Enrollment and Program Balancing work being done for schools in Southeast Portland. Details of that work are available on this page.

    Read the announcement naming Smith as Kellogg principal

Enrollment and Program Balancing Recommendation To Be Presented To Board

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    Dear PPS Community,

    As we begin 2021, we want to update you on the work that has been completed in the enrollment and program balancing process. On December 17, the Southeast Guiding Coalition (SEGC) held the final meeting of Phase 1 work that focused on middle school grades and finalized its recommendations. 

    These recommendations will be presented by Deputy Superintendent Claire Hertz to the Board of Education at its January 12 meeting. The recommendations include an attendance boundary and dual immersion program assignment for Kellogg Middle School, which is set to re-open in fall 2021. Among the key points:

    • The neighborhood programs at Arleta, Marysville and Lent will convert from their current kindergarten-to-8th grade (K-8) structure to a kindergarten-to-5th grade (K-5) structure. Students in grades 6-8 in those schools will move to Kellogg Middle School starting in the 2021-22 school year. The K-5 programs at these schools will become feeder elementary schools to Kellogg.
    • The Spanish dual language immersion (DLI) programs at Lent and Bridger will convert from K-8 to K-5. Students in grades 6-8 in those programs will transfer to the Kellogg DLI program starting in 2021-22. The K-5 programs will feed into Kellogg.
    • The Spanish DLI program at Tabor Middle School will move to Kellogg in 2021-22. 

    After the Board of Education is presented with these recommendations, the SEGC will meet, if needed, on January 14 to respond to any Board requests. The Board will then vote on whether to approve the recommendations at its January 26 meeting.

    Several existing enrollment and feeder patterns in Southeast Portland will remain in place in 2021-22. Changes for those schools and programs will be undertaken in Phase 2 of the SEGC work that will begin this February and focus on PK-5 feeder patterns. Phase 2 scope will include: 

    • Harrison Park K-8, which will be converted to a middle school in 2022, and Creston K-8, which will convert to K-5 in 2022.
    • Atkinson Elementary’s feeder path, which will remain assigned to Mt. Tabor Middle School in 2021-22. 
    • All K-5 attendance boundaries, along with K-5 DLI program locations and configurations, will be considered – but please note that they will be unchanged for 2021-22.

    Because Creston will remain a K-8 until 2022, the SEGC asked that district officials make a focused effort to support Creston’s 6-8 students to ensure a robust experience until its middle school location is established in 2022. Also, the SEGC noted that moving Bridger’s Spanish 6-8 DLI program to Kellogg in fall 2021 will require temporary relocation of the school’s 6-8 neighborhood program as it will be too small to exist by itself. Coalition members suggested Harrison Park K-8 and Kellogg as possible short-term locations for Bridger 6-8 students. They asked that PPS engage with Bridger middle school families to find a solution.

    A full archive of SEGC meeting notes, presentations, meeting videos and links to give feedback are available on the PPS Enrollment and Program Balancing website. You may also give feedback via the SEGC Community Feedback form.

    Thank you.

Southeast Guiding Coalition Meetings

  • Meetings will start at 6 p.m., will be held online and be live-streamed.

Phase 1, Middle Grades Focus

Phase 2, PK-5 Focus

Archive of Materials from Completed Meetings

Orientation & Data 101 Meetings

  • Overview

    Portland Public Schools has launched a multi-year process to develop a plan to balance student enrollment and programs across our district, which serves nearly 50,000 students in 81 schools. Enrollment and Program Balancing uses both a data-driven analysis process and community input to address needs such as equity and inclusion, transportation, facilities constraints, and much more.

  • Why is PPS facilitating an enrollment balancing process?

  • Read FLO Analytics' Baseline Assessment

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    The PPS Enrollment and Program Balancing Advisory Committee has been working with FLO Analytics to guide our enrollment and program balancing process. As part of the work, we asked FLO to conduct a baseline assessment of Portland Public Schools’ enrollment, programs, facilities, and student demographics. This information is the baseline data required to develop a district-wide framework to guide both short and long-term decision making, as it relates to enrollment and program balancing.

    You can see the full report by clicking on the image above. This report provides an essential and comprehensive understanding of the District’s data so that recommendations can be done with thoughtful intent.

Previous Updates

  • December 1 Report to the Board Summarizing Feedback from Open House, Focus Groups

  • November 10 Update: Open House and Focus Group Virtual Meetings Next Week

  • October 27 Message to Families

  • September 29 Message to Families

  • March 2020 Update

  • Letter to community on community feedback sessions on enrollment policy

  • February 2020 Update: Board passes scope of work

  • February 2020: Policy Revisions


  • August 2020

  • April 2020

  • February 2020

  • Early 2020

  • Fall/Winter 2019

  • Summer 2019

  • Spring 2019

  • January 2019

Share Your Feeback

  • Share your feedback with the Guiding Coalition.
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  • Поделитесь своим мнением с руководящей коалицией
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Schools & Representatives

  • Schools

    These schools will participate in both Phase 1 (October 8 to December 1) and Phase 2 (Spring 2021):

    • Arleta K-8
    • Atkinson Elementary
    • Bridger K-8
    • Cleveland High
    • Creative Science K-8
    • Creston K-8
    • Franklin High
    • Harrison Park K-8
    • Hosford Middle
    • Lane Middle
    • Lent K-8
    • Madison High
    • Marysville K-8
    • Mt. Tabor Middle
    • Sunnyside Environmental K-8
    • Vestal Elementary
    • Woodstock Elementary

    These schools will join the process in Phase 2 (Spring 2021):

    • Abernethy Elementary
    • Glencoe Elementary
    • Grout Elementary
    • Kelly Elementary
    • Lewis Elementary
    • Whitman Elementary
    • Woodmere Elementary


    Click on the image below to see the roster of school representatives in the SE Guiding Coalition:

    Click to see list