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Talented and Gifted

Portland Public Schools is dedicated to identifying and providing for the unique academic and social emotional needs of Talented and Gifted students across the district. Our goal is to provide educational opportunities to students of all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups, to provide informational training to educators, and to provide consistent challenge for all students.

Click here to see results of the 2012 TAG Survey.

Welcome to the PPS Talented and Gifted Website!

Portland Public Schools focuses its services on meeting the student's instructional level and rate of learning every day in the classroom across the curriculum. Classroom teachers assess a student's level and rate in all subject areas and modify the instruction to provide appropriate content challenge and instructional pacing.


The principal is responsible to oversee the identification process, arrange staff development and parent meetings, and act as an on-site resource for gifted education in the school. From the District Office, TAG TOSAs (Teachers On Special Assignment) and Achievement Coordinators assist in identification procedures, alternative program options, staff development, parent meetings, and instructional planning to meet students' needs.


The TAG Office is currently located at the Rice Professional Development Academy:


        6433 NE Tillamook Portland, Oregon 97213

        Phone: 503-916-3358


        Program Director, Andrew Johnson wjohnson1@pps.net

        Administrative Secretary, Heather Egan hegan@pps.net


TAG Support

Cathy Daley: Cleveland, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Jefferson (Chief Joseph, Faubion, King, Ockley Green, Vernon, Woodlawn), and Madison (Creative Science, Harrison Park, Lee, Madison)

cdaley@pps.net 503-916-3412

Tessalie Schulte: Franklin, Grant, Wilson, Jefferson (Beach, Boise/Elliot, Jefferson HS) & Madison (Rigler, Roseway Heights, Scott, Vestal, Madison)

 tschulte@pps.net 503-916-3413

Exciting news from the ACCESS Academy!

Agustin Montes, a 5th grader at PPS' ACCESS Academy, was nominated by teachers and community members to receive OATAG's annual Young Scholars Award.  This annual award is given to one student in the State of Oregon who has demonstrated excellence in at least one of the following areas of endeavor:  leadership, visual/performing arts, or academic achievement. The Young Scholars Award winner receives a certificate at OATAG's annual conference in October as well as a scholarship to a summer program.  

This years winner, Agustin, was nominated based upon his demonstrated leadership and academic achievement.  Not only does he excel in school but also enjoys playing sports, learning about exotic automobiles, and is interested in becoming an engineer when he's older.  Agustin is a role model for all students in school and is a great brother and son to his family members at home.  

Portland Public Schools is very proud of Agustin's accomplishment of being chosen as OATAG's Young Scholar Award winner.  We look forward to seeing Agustin continue his success throughout his schooling and are excited to hear what summer program he chooses with his scholarship.