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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 Monday, February 8, 2016 ***   Check back periodically as we add features.

School Boundaries *** MAJOR WESTSIDE CHANGES - 2B - 1/29/16 ***

Committee to share recommendations with superintendent tomorrow 4:30 in PPS Board auditorium 501 N Dixon.

Biggest change from Scenario 2A is in the West Hills - Bridlemile, Ainsworth, Hayhurst. Skyline and related shifts. Maplewood, Capitol Hill, Jackson, Stephenson and Chapman changes are as in 2A. 

[from the PPS website:} "The brief meeting is a formal opportunity for committee members to present their written report to the superintendent. Copies will be available at the meeting and will be posted on the Growing Great Schools site. A summary of the recommendations will also be available.

The Tuesday meeting is open to the public, though no public comment will be taken.

The committee is making recommendations on:

  • K-8s: Criteria for siting schools that are to remain K-8s.
  • Middle schools: Criteria for siting middle schools as part of a
  • conversion of K-8s to K-5 and 6-8 schools.
  • West Side: Proposal to address overcrowding at Capitol Hill, Chapman and Hayhurst elementary schools and Lincoln High School.

View recommendations."

For more info, click on "Enrollment & Boundary Review" link to the left of this page

or  click here for the PPS Boundary Review page .


TechConnect and Techquity

HERE IS OUR NEW VIDEO by Wilson student Chris Polanco
Southwest Portland community organizations and schools come together at Jackson Middle School to explore the expanding role of technology in the classroom.


We have applied for another ONI Small Grant to fund follow-up activities in 2016.

Mayor Hales and a Jackson student at TechConnect

Feedback was overwhelmingly positive.  Participant interacted vigorously, enjoyed the keynote speech by Darren Hudgins, consumed quantities of refreshments and generally had fun.  We have made many contacts at the event, including connections to Stephens Creek Crossing residents and many of the exhibitors.
Now we are getting more formal feedback to guide our next follow-up activities, including an update on the principal interviews we conducted in the Spring, where we found variability in resources, but a rapidly-changing picture.  We will have a smaller tech-equity event at Capitol Hill Library in January or February for the families in that area, and further activities are coming.
There is a wealth of documentation to digest, including a video by a Wilson student which will be released shortly.  Our Neighborhood Small Grant report will have more information.  Meanwhile, visit for pictures and other updates. Activities will continue beyond the grant deadline of January 30.

Video:   Why Have TechConnect?

Click here for "Why have a SW Schools Tech Equity Project?"


NCLB is now ESSA*

*Every Student Succeeds Act
Ding, Dong, NCLB is Gone!  Well-l-l, sort of.  Much of the worst in NCLB is gone, but with control returning to the states implementation will be varied.  Students in Mississippi and Massachusetts will have different experiences, but both will take a standardized test like Smarter Balanced.  Stay tuned for more developments.
Click here for the White House release on ESSA


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

View meeting dates

Next Meeting  Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 7:00 PM at Multnomah Arts Center Room 4

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 11/22/2015



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

PDF icon Schools Committee 2015-16 Action Plan373.14 KB