Open Meadow Alternative Schools, Inc.

Open Meadow, a community-based non-profit, was founded in 1971 and is one of Portland's oldest alternative schools.  Open Meadow is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission AdvancED and registered with the Oregon Department of Education as a private school.  Services provided include assessment, education, counseling, advocacy, case management, and post secondary success.  Open Meadow offers culturally inclusive instruction and curriculum.  

Open Meadow has three educational programs, which serve students between the ages of 10-21:  

  • Open School East - an innovative new school model that prepares students for success in college, career and community.  This robust program inspires community, sparks learning and transforms lives through OPEN LEARNING, a mix of advocacy, equity and academics.  Currently accepting 7th and 8th grade students.
  • Open School North - a callroom-based middle school serving 65 students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades.
  • STEP-UP - helping students transition to and succeed at Roosevelt, Franklin, and Madison high school campuses 

All Open Meadow programs strive to maintain a 1:8 staff/student ratio with an average class size of 13. 

Open Meadow's curriculum is designed to address diverse skill levels and learning styles. Staff uses a wide range of teaching methods and includes activities that are high interest, hands-on, student centered, and individualized to meet specific student needs.  Throughout classrooms and schools staff set high expectations for preparation, participation, and performance. 

Students are supported in taking responsibility for their own educational planning and success.  Students meet regularly with their staff advocate and peer support group. Students actively set goals for themselves. They develop a plan to earn the credits they need to "catch up" or to graduate, and to establish and explore viable transition plans for themselves.

Open Meadow's Mission:

The mission of Open Meadow is to develop connection, capability, and confidence in disconnected youth through relationship-based, quality learning experiences that result in academic, personal, and community success.

School Services:

  • Assessment
  • Academic-skill development
  • Individual tutoring
  • Life-skills development
  • Advocacy/case management
  • Regular peer-support groups
  • Issue-focused groups
  • Pre-employment training
  • School-to-work opportunities
  • Project-based Service Learning
  • Leadership development
  • Post-secondary-education success


Students are accepted on a space-available basis. Admission interview sessions are held throughout the year. Prospective students complete an application, have an individual interview, and provide Open Meadow with references. Call (503) 488-5200 for a schedule of Open School East admission interview sessions.  Call (503) 978-0809 for a schedule of Open School North admission sessions. 

As a private nonprofit organization, Open Meadow is supported primarily through contracts for service and donations from individuals, foundations, and local businesses.

Open Meadow Alternative Schools engages students and partners of any race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, national and ethnic origin, political affiliation, disability, veteran status, or any other category protected by applicable lay.  It does not discriminate on these bases in the administration of any activities.