Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Access LogoACCESS Academy Alternative Program

An Accelerated Program
for Highly Gifted Students

2334 NE 57th Ave | Portland, OR 97213
Phone: (503) 916-6482 | Fax: (503) 916-2547

School News & Announcements


Welcome to ACCESS Academy

@ Rose City Park

Summer Picnic Bash

Normandale Park (NE 57th & Halsey)

Sunday, July 27th

4:00-7:30 PM

Potluck - Please bring a dish to share, blanket/chairs to sit on and your own plates/utensils.  Lemonade & water provided.

To volunteer, or for more information, please contact:  Judy (503) 250-1880 or judyb@judyb.com

  

 ** 2014-15 School Supply lists are now posted under the "Important Information" tab **

2014-15 Letter from the Principal to Prospective Families

2014-15 FAQ's

 

TAG Information:  For further information about testing and identification, please see the TAG website:  http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/tag/index.htm

 

 

A Message from the Principal

January 2014

Dear Prospective ACCESS Family,

We are thrilled that you are considering the ACCESS Academy Alternative Program for your student. ACCESS is a growing, vibrant, supportive community of 243 highly gifted 1st to 8th-grade learners and their families. We expect to grow to 300+ highly gifted students in 2014-15. The ACCESS community is delighted to have a new home at Rose City Park in Northeast Portland that can accommodate this growth and provide new program opportunities.

ACCESS Academy provides curriculum acceleration and enrichment options to meet the needs of our highly gifted learners. ACCESS’s outstanding teaching staff is highly skilled at meeting gifted learners’ rate and level of learning. Our flexible program design -- including a Walk to Math program for grades 1-6 -- allows for flexibility in meeting students’ needs based on ability level, rather than just their chronological age or grade level. Our enriched curriculum includes Art, Wellness, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Library, and Technology for all students.

ACCESS Academy Atoms come from all over Portland, and from all walks of life. They have in common: (1) exceptional performance (99th percentile+) on one or more nationally-normed, standardized tests, and (2) a demonstrated need for an alternative educational program. ACCESS students are past and current state champions in Chess, Lego Robotics, Intel Science Fair, Geography and Spelling Bees and more. Just as important, ACCESS students are a caring, supportive, service-oriented community that take care of one another.

We strive at ACCESS to welcome a community of highly gifted learners that is representative of the racial, cultural, and linguistic diversity of Portland Public Schools. ACCESS welcomes applications from students with disabilities, students who receive Special Education services, and emergent bilingual students who receive ESL services.

For more information about ACCESS, I encourage you to review the ACCESS brochure and FAQs found on our website under “Important Information” here: www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/access. I also encourage you to attend a school tour on one of the dates posted on our website, and/or to come to a ACCESS Information Night on Thursday, March 6th, from 6-7 PM.

We look forward to sharing more about ACCESS Academy with you!

Sincerely,
David J. Wood
Administrator, ACCESS Academy @ Rose City Park

Daily Schedule

08:25 AM First Bell
08:30 AM Tardy Bell
11:20 AM - 12:00 PM Lunch & Recess
03:00 PM Dismissal

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