Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

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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


2015-16 decision letters have been mailed. If you have not received your letter by Thursday, May 21st, please email thendry@pps.net

New Families Open House

Wednesday, May 27, 6:30-8:00 PM

Jr. Rose Parade - June 3rd - Early Release

We will be releasing classes at 11:15 AM, on Wednesday June 3rddue to the Jr. Rose Parade that is happening immediately adjacent to the Rose City Park building that day.  Parade information is here:  http://www.rosefestival.org/event/junior-parade.


Please note:

  • All students will be dismissed at 11:15 on 6/3.  We hope many families who are able will consider meeting their students at RCP and attending the parade nearby.
  • A sack lunch (sandwich, milk, fruit/veggie) will be available from the Cafeteria that morning.
  • Buses will pick up from ACCESS at 11:20 on 6/3, and will drop off at their regular afternoon stops.  Detailed dropoff schedules are still being confirmed -- but generally, buses will run 3 hours and 45 minutes ahead -- i.e., a usual 4:00 dropoff will be at 12:15 p.m.
  • If you plan to pick up your student at ACCESS on the morning of 6/3 ...
  • Campfire will have after-school care available that day.  Details to follow shortly.

ACCESS Summer Potluck Picnic

New & Returning Students

Sunday, August 2, 4:00-7:30 PM

Normandale Park (NE 57th & Halsey)

TAG Information

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


A Message from the Principal

February 2, 2015


Dear Prospective ACCESS Families,


We are thrilled that you are considering the ACCESS Academy Alternative Program for your student.  ACCESS is a growing, vibrant, supportive community of 305 highly gifted 1st to 8th-grade learners and their families.  We expect to add new students at all grade levels 1st to 8th for 2015-16, with the largest number of openings at the 3rd and 6th grades.  The ACCESS community is delighted to share our home at Rose City Park in Northeast Portland with our neighbors from Beverly Cleary.


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.  School bus transportation is provided to ACCESS from all over PPS. 


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:  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 Day/Night on February 12February 27, March 5 or March 16.  For details, see the ACCESS website. 


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



David J. Wood

David J. Wood

Principal, 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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