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 and registered with the Oregon Department of Education as a private school.  Services provided include assessment, education, counseling, advocacy, and case management, career preparation and advancement, and transition to college and the workplace. 

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

  • Senior Success Program - providing both classroom and project-based instruction to 40 High School seniors   
  • Open Meadow Middle School - a classroom-based middle school serving 65 students
  • STEP-UP - helping students transition to and succeed at Roosevelt, Franklin, and Madison high school campuses 
  • Career Services - helping Open Meadow students, as well as young people throughout Portland, define career goals, access first employment, and move on into college and career-track employment.

All Open Meadow programs work 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.

While attending Open Meadow High School, students are earning credits toward a high school diploma that is focused on common core content standards and essential skills. 

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 preparation
  • Additional middle school services include fine-arts and second language classes and transitioning to high school


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) 285-0508 for a schedule of High School admission interview sessions.  Call (503) 978-0809 for a schedule of Middle School 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.