West Side Boundary Proposal

The following is an email sent by PPS on Friday, January 15.

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Families:

Portland Public Schools and the District-wide Boundary Review Advisory Committee are considering boundary changes for a number of west side schools to address overcrowding at several schools. School boundaries determine where children attend school.

The advisory committee, using its values framework and feedback from school communities, is now considering additional possibilities for balancing enrollment across schools on the west side.

Jan. 9 proposal

The original West Side Boundary Scenario was proposed Jan. 9. (Please click the link to review it.) An address look-up map and the key priority indicators (the enrollment data underlying the proposal) are available on the Growing Great Schools website.

Additional options being considered

Based on the committee’s discussion at its meeting last night, following are other possibilities that are also being considered for relieving the most acute overcrowding challenges at Chapman and Hayhurst elementary schools and Lincoln High School:

  • Moving the Odyssey K-8 program from Hayhurst to a Southwest Portland location such as East Sylvan, Jackson Middle School or the currently vacant Smith School.

  • Moving the Ainsworth Spanish Immersion Program to East Sylvan and then shifting the middle grades program to Robert Gray Middle School and the high school program to Wilson instead of West Sylvan Middle School and Lincoln High School.

  • Redrawing portions of the Chapman and Bridlemile elementary boundaries to attend Ainsworth Elementary.

  • Changing the feeder pattern for all of the remaining Bridlemile boundary to Robert Gray and Wilson from West Sylvan and Lincoln.

  • Moving the Metropolitan Learning Center K-12 alternative school to a different building to allow for use of its building at 2033 NW Glisan St.                                                  

Timeline for changes 

If approved by the school board later this winter, new boundaries could begin to take effect as early as fall 2016.

District policy says that students affected by a boundary change, and their younger siblings, can remain at their current school through the highest grade. However, fifth and 8th graders whose middle or high school assignments shifted due to a boundary change would attend the new middle or high school in the fall that the changes took effect.

The school board could also decide to adjust these rules if changes are needed more quickly to relieve overcrowding.

Opportunities to share your views 

Families who wish to learn more or offer feedback are encouraged to attend a west side community meeting Tuesday in the Wilson High School Cafeteria, 1151 SW Vermont St. The meeting has been extended to two hours: 6 pm to 8 pm.

This will be the only community meeting focused on the west side proposal.

Families can also email feedback to ppsgrows@pps.net . A video of the Tuesday meeting will be posted on the Growing Great Schools site the following day.

Thank you for your attention and involvement.

Jon Isaacs
Chief, Communications & Public Affairs