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Promoting the best possible schools for all students in Southwest Portland  through strong neighborhood involvement


Welcome to the SWNI Schools page.  Here you can find and share information about all schools, both public and private, serving families in the SWNI area.

*** Last changed Tuesday, 5/19/15 ***   Check back periodically as we add features.

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Portland Public Schools Board Election Results

Julie Esparza Brown, the winner of our Zone 1 school board race, will be at our May 21 meeting Thursday night - see below for agenda and details.

For complete Multnomah County election results, click here

Tech Equity in SW Portland Public Schools

The SWNI Schools Committee is exploring the use of technology in our local schools, particularly equitable use to close the Digital Divide between students who have and don't have access to technology at home.  We have applied for a Neighborhood Small Grant to fund (a) a review of current technology use and needs (b) a "Techquity Fair" in the Fall and (c) dissemination of our findings and recommendations.  Click here to see what we're proposing to do.


SWNI Schools Committee meets third Thursday of every OTHER month: September, November, January, March, May.

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Next Meeting

Thursday, May 21, 2015, 7 PM in Room 4 Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy at 31st.

May 21 Meeting Agenda

Open meeting - all welcome

  1. 7:00       Greeting and introductions
  2. 7:05       Approval of March minutes
  3. 7:10       Approval of agenda
  4. 7:15 Welcome the winner of Zone 1 School Board position 
              Julie Esparza Brown or Andrew Davidson will be our guest
  5. 7:45 Further Planning for Resource/Technology Forum
  6. 8:30 Boundary Changes Plan to Date
              Report from the May 16 boundary changes session
  7. Check-in with neighborhoods
  8. New business

Committee meets 3rd Thursday of every other month:
September, November, January, March, May.
Next Meeting: Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 7:00 PM
Techquity planning meetings will continue between now and then.

For minutes of past meetings, click here

Join the Schools Committee

If you are able to attend our monthly meetings and report at your neighborhood meeting, please contact the Schools Committee chair (see More Information below) or your neighborhood board to be nominated as a Schools Committee representative for your neighborhood. It's an easy commitment of a few hours each month and an enjoyable way to learn about schools and your neighborhood!


Click here for Current Action Plan -- updated 3/13/2015



Oregon Education Plans

Click on the links:

Portland Plan

Schools Committee Role and Issues

Take a look at this slide show about the committee's role and the need for neighborhoods to be involved in the schools serving them.

Click here for a review of issues that the Schools Committee currently follows.


Volunteer In Our Schools

Click here for PPS volunteer page

Call 503-764-5501 for latest changes.



Neighborhood School Survey

The Schools Committee is interested in what you think is important about schools.

Please print out and return this Neighborhood Schools Survey to SWNI.

Sharing Our Family Stories - Final Report


For More Information:


     call:   Schools Committee Chair Will Fuller  503-764-5501