When learning is Personalized and Relevant, students will be Engaged and prepared for Postsecondary success. This is the theory of action behind PREP, an innovative, holistic approach to learning designed by educators in Portland Public Schools’ alternative high schools. PREP schools integrate project-based instruction with career connected learning experiences and social emotional support to remove barriers for underserved students and create enlivening learning opportunities for all students.
Aligned with our district’s vision, PREP’s ultimate goal is for all students to graduate from high school as compassionate critical thinkers, able to collaborate and solve problems and prepared to lead a more socially just world.
PREP is based in PPS' Multiple Pathways to Graduation Department and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education’s Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program through a multi-year grant awarded in October, 2017.
"It doesn't matter what or who you are, you can do anything." In these words, Alliance High School student King Jenkins voices the promise of project based learning. Last year, King made the most of an opportunity to collaborate with PPS artist in residence Mic Crenshaw and Outside the Frame--a Portland-based educational and vocational program that supports young people in creating films about issues that matter to them and shares them with the public. King's music video, Switch Up, was featured in OTF's youth-produced virtual music video festival in June. You can also find it on his Youtube channel. Check it out, it is amazing!