• The Odyssey Program

    The Odyssey Program is part of Portland Public Schools.  We are a History Focus Option Program. 

    To start, get to know our school: 

    View the slide show K-5th Grade Lottery Info Meeting

    View the slide show for 6-8th Grade                       

    Welcome from Principal Gassert

    All About The Odyssey Program

    A Parent's Perspective

    A Middle School Student’s Perspective

    A 5th Grade Student's Perspective

    Frequently asked questions


    View lottery slots and wait list information  here.


    Attend Parent and Student Information Meeting.

                                                                Where:  The Odyssey Program @ East Sylvan School

                                                                When:   Tuesday, March 5, 2024 6:00-7:00 PM        

    *Please note:  We do not schedule individual tours.  Plan to attend the above parent information meeting to tour our school.*

    How to Apply for the Lottery

    Want to apply?  There are two parts to complete your lottery application.


    K-5th Grade:  2024-2025 K-5th Grade Odyssey Program's Statement of Understanding to acknowledge you understand the uniqueness of our program.    
                    (Also available in paper form during the in-person information meeting)

    6-8th Grade:  2024-2025  6-8th Grade Odyssey Program's Statement of Understanding to acknowledge you understand the uniqueness of our program.    



    Submit a lottery application:

    Parents of Kindergartners or Any Grade New To PPS: 

    1.  Create a ParentVUE account and submit a lottery application.  

    2.  Register your child to your neighborhood school (via ParentVUE).  If you receive and accept a lottery slot offer, your child's registration will be transferred to the lottery school.  

    *Click on this link to get started. *


    Parents of Students Currently Attending a PPS School:

    1.  Log in to your ParentVUE account, submit a lottery application for Odyssey. 

    *Click on this link to get started. *

    Lottery Timeframes:

                        K-5th grade lottery opens February 15th, closes March 15th, 2024

                        6-8th grade lottery opens Nov. 15th, closes Dec. 22nd, 2023

    Due to limited open spots, listing Odyssey as your first choice school is highly recommended.


    From the District Enrollment & Transfer Office - Information & Links:


Meeting all students needs

  • English as a Second Language

    • 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.

    Special Education

    • PPS encourages families with concerns about their child's 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 child's academic, motor, self-help, communication or social-emotional skills should talk to their child's teacher about an assessment for services. If you have questions, contact your principal.

    Talented & Gifted

    • 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.