Academic Priority Zone
The Academic Priority Zone provides extra support to students at elementary, K-8, middle and high schools with the greatest needs. It is one way that Portland Public Schools is helping to close the achievement gap for race and poverty, a major goal of the Milestones framework.
PPS will provide schools in the zone with wraparound services and the most effective principals, along with summer classes, parent involvement programs and opportunities for extra learning time. In addition, zone schools hire teachers using “mutual consent hiring.” This process gives teachers and principals more control over who teaches in their school.
PPS began implementing the Academic Priority Zone in summer 2010.