Quality K-12 Public Schools
In 2014, the graduation rate for Portland Public Schools was 72 percent—not bad for an urban school district. The city’s lone public school system has also made some significant gains in several key areas over the past several years, including improvements in third grade reading, an increase in the number of freshmen students on track to graduate and a reduction of discipline issues within school settings.
The school district is also well regarded for its focus on science, technology, engineering and math (known as STEM) education, taking part in the Portland Metro STEM Partnership that counts Intel, Portland State University, Portland General Electric, Boeing, J.P. Morgan Chase and U.S. Bank (among others) as members. Through this partnership, students in PPS and other regional school districts are able to gain valuable scientific literacy and technical knowledge to attain greater levels of college and career readiness.
PPS is by far the largest school district in Oregon, serving 48,459 students as of fall 2014. That number is projected to grow to more than 53,000 by the 2028-2029 school year. The tri-county greater Portland area is also home to 24 additional public school districts.
You can see a list of all Portland-area school districts here.