Enrollment Balancing

Enrollment balancing is the process of moving students from one school to another in order to address overcrowding or low enrollment so that all school have appropriate population sizes and all students can access a strong academic program.

Every year, enrollment at all schools is looked at and plans are formed to make changes for the next school year at schools that are persistently higher or lower than appropriate sizes. The general timeline for most major enrollment changes that require School Board approval is:

  • A community input process in the fall to identify issues, collect ideas for change
  • A specific proposal is submitted by the Superintendent to the School Board for a vote in winter
  • Approved changes start to take effect at the beginning of the next school year

This site provides information about current enrollment balancing activities, archives of past decisions and resources for understanding enrollment data and policies. Check the Latest News box on the left for updates each week from October – February.

2012-13 Priorities
The focus for enrollment change decisions this school year are eight schools in North and Northeast Portland: Beach PK-8, Boise-Eliot/Humboldt PK-8, Chief Joseph K-5, Faubion PK-8, Ockley Green PK-8, King PK-8, Vernon K-8 and Woodlawn PK-8. This area is collectively called the Jefferson PK-8 Cluster, because all the schools have guaranteed access to the Jefferson Middle College for Advanced Studies. (Each student also has a dual assignment option to one other high school, as well.) Go to Jefferson Cluster link to learn more about this process.

Changes will also be proposed this fall for Llewellyn and Duniway K-5 schools in lower Southeast Portland, which are part of the Cleveland High School cluster. Click on the Cleveland Cluster link to follow the proposals for Llewellyn and Duniway.

Additional Resources
Many community members have not experienced major school enrollment changes first-hand. Enrollment Balancing Basics provides a starting point for those who wish to learn more about the policies, student data and other factors that are the foundation of this work.

Community engagement is an important factor in enrollment balancing decisions. Documents for the School District’s stakeholder participation process, which guides this work for the school district, can be found here.

Since 2009, a Superintendent’s Advisory Committee on Enrollment and Transfer (SACET) has gathered monthly to review and provide advice on enrollment and transfer issues. Current meeting schedule and archived meeting summaries are located here.