A Look at Portland’s Metro-Area School Districts—Other Than PPS
Portland Public Schools’ enrollment of around 49,000 makes it the state’s largest district (and gives it the bulk of the local headlines). But most metro-area kids don’t go to a PPS school. Together, these surrounding districts educate nearly four times as many students.
Approximately 2,300 students
Scappoose has one of the metro area’s lowest rate of English-language learners.
Residents vote February 14 on a bond, the district’s first since 2001, that would rebuild seven existing schools and construct two new elementaries.
Just days before the start of this school year, a teacher strike loomed for the sixth-largest school district in Washington state—until a 3 a.m. agreement between the district and the teachers’ union.
As of 2015, Reynolds—named for the aluminum foil maker that was a big employer in the area before its Troutdale plant closed in 2000—had the metro area’s highest percentage of students defined as homeless: those without “a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.”
The fourth-largest district in the state (after Portland, Salem-Keizer, and Beaverton) claims 91 different countries of origin among its families.
It’s a family affair: the superintendent’s grandchildren attend school in the district, which has the metro area’s highest percentage of students of color.
After approving construction of a sixth high school, the district has been through its own boundary review process, with freshmen and most sophomores starting at their newly assigned high schools this coming fall.
One of the wealthiest school districts in the country per capita, tiny Riverdale boasts the state’s highest percentage of students scoring in the top level of last year’s math, science, and language arts standardized tests.
9. David Douglas
David Douglas is also the namesake of the Douglas fir. The district’s percentage of students of color went from 38 in 2005 to 59 in 2015.
Founded the year of the nation’s bicentennial (and sharing its name with a high school that opened when Oregon turned 100), it now has one of the state’s highest rates of English-language learners.
Families in the district speak more than 50 languages.
In November, voters in this suburban district overwhelmingly approved a $291 million bond measure, the largest in the district’s history.
13. North Clackamas
With more than 86 percent of students present and accounted for regularly, North Clack boasts one of the state’s highest attendance rates.
14. Lake Oswego
In May, Lake O will vote on its own bond measure: $187 million to rebuild Lakeridge Junior High and replace the district pool, among other improvements.