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Ready, Set, Connect
2011 Portland Public Schools
Readiness & Choice Festival
  • Why YOU are important in your child's success
  • Tools & information to help you prep your child
  • Events and other opportunities to link to school
It doesn't matter who you are, or where you live -- students whose parents or guardians are involved with their schools are more likely to succeed! Portland Public Schools is committed to providing parents with the tools they need to be engaged in their children's education.

Ready, Set, Connect helps families prepare for key transition grades (kindergarten, sixth and ninth). Explore the links below to learn how you and your child can get ready to succeed in school.


The following links give you tools and information to get set to be your child's biggest and most effective supporter. Ask questions; visit schools; make choices about which school setting is right for your child; talk with your child about what they are going through and what excites them about school and learning.

Information for All Grades


The Ready, Set, Connect School Readiness and Choice Festival features more than 100 events in schools and around the community over the next three months. Check out the schedules through the links below.

School Visits. Between January and March, PPS schools are opening their doors to new and current families. The best way to learn about a school is to see it yourself. Find time to visit your neighborhood school and any other schools you are thinking about.

Opportunities include:

Kindergarten Round-Up. On-campus information events that let you and your preschool age child learn

   more about starting school.

   Downloadable PDFs
Kindergarten Readiness Events. "Test drive" a kindergarten class, learn how to get ready for kindergarten,

   and talk to teachers and district personnel. Fairs are scheduled across Portland.

   Downloadable PDFs
Sixth-Grade Information Nights. The transition from elementary to middle grades is important, whether

   students are moving from K-5 schools to middle school or staying in their K-8 schools.
   Downloadable PDFs

Ninth-Grade Information Nights. Moving into high school, students face many possible settings and choices

   in PPS. At the information nights, parents can hear from other parents, teachers and counselors about how

   to help their students be most successful. Some schools offer students a chance to shadow an older student

   for a day.
   Downloadable PDFs

Educational Choices. PPS offers a variety of educational choices at all grade levels. Visit a focus option

   school, program or charter school to learn whether it is a good fit for your student.
   Downloadable PDFs

PPS Choice Events.

   Downloadable PDFs PPS Charter Schools. Charter schools are public schools that are sponsored by the District. They provide

   innovative programs with specific educational philosophies and/or delivery models that offer additional

   options for students and families within the public school system. For more information, visit

   Charter School.

School Choice Information Events. Learn about the school choice lottery and get valuable tips to help you find the best-fit for your student by attending a presentation at a middle school in your area or by visiting the Enrollment & Transfer Center. To learn more about school choice transfers, click on the Make A Choice tab above, call 503-916-3205 or email enrollment-office@pps.k12.or.us.