Portland, Oregon Schools
Portland Public Schools
Portland has an amazing array of magnet schools. The Oregonian love of forging new paths has led us to create a big variety of magnet programs. One that stands out in particular, is an Environmental Magnet Middle School. That shows Portlanders love of going green and our concern for the environment.
Other magnets range through art, science, and technology. Less typical magnets that are really quite rare includes access, Portland's new magnet school for highly gifted children, and language immersion magnet schools. In this area, we have done an impression job of offering a variety of programs. For example, there're schools where a child can get a little bit of one of a huge variety of lanugages. This is done to support language and culture for kids who come from non-English speaking homes. At the other end of the spectrum, there are three amazing magnets that give half day in English and half day in a foreign language. These are available in Chinese, Japanese and Spanish.
One thing to be leary of in any school here in Portland is budget cuts have created uneven circumstances. At one school you might get no art. At another school you might get PE twice a week instead of once a week. There's a lot of variety from neighborhood to neighborhood. On the plus side, some of the less well-off neighborhood schools have seen a great increase in their services because of Title One funding. They're now able to offer a wonderful variety of experiences for the kids.
Portland high schools are generally strong. But some of them have an extra strength that comes from either language immersion or other magnets. Academically, one of the top things to look for in Portland high school is the International Baccalaureat (IB) program. The IB program is wonderfully challenging European style cirriculum based on Renaissance philosophy.
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The top two private schools in Portland are Caitlin Gabel and Oregon Episcopal School (OES). Their excellences is known throughout the region. OES, in particular, has an incredibly strong science program.
Jesuit High School in Beaverton is the strongest of the Catholic schools, though all the Catholic schools have good reputations.
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