Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Ainsworth School

2425 SW Vista Ave. | Portland, OR 97201
Phone: (503) 916-6288 | Fax: (503) 916-2601

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School News & Upcoming Events

Welcome to Ainsworth

School begins at 8:00am and ends at 2:15

Family Handbook (Please read)

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New Playground Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Look who is excited (video)

Thank you Sherri Jorgenson and Nancy Locke

Click here for the playground safety rules

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Curriculum Night was a big Success! Thank you to everyone who joined!

If you weren't able to attend and sign up for a parent-teacher conference, please contact your child's teacher ASAP.

Click here to see Principal O'Neill's presentation.

Click here to view the TAG (Talented and Gifted) information.

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~ Upcoming Events ~

BUCKAROO: Friday September 26th 5:30-8:30pm ~ This traditional carnival event, sponsored by the PTA and entirely volunteer-driven, is a chance for the entire school community and their families to have fun while supporting Ainsworth. Buckaroo features bouncy houses, games like Milk the (wooden) Cow and Rope the Calf, and food and beverage stands. The gym hosts sideshow games for little ones. The Cakewalk is held in the auditorium and counts among the most popular highlights. More details and contact information coming soon. If you would like to volunteer for this event, please go to: http://vols.pt/z3wUha

PIZZICATO FUNDRAISER FOR AINSWORTH: Tuesday, September 30th, ALL Day/Night ~ Click here for more information. Gift cards may also be purchased on Tuesday 9/30 at the Hillsdale Pizzicato's and they can then be used at any Pizzicato's on any date. The 20% benefit applies to the date of purchase of the gift cards.

Spanish Immersion Night: Wednesday, October 1st from 6:30-8:00pm in the Ainsworth Auditorium.

Take it or Leave It for Ainsworth: On Thursday, October 9th, Lamb’s Strohecker Market customers who spend $25 or more (excluding alcohol, tobacco, postage & lottery) will get the option to “Take It or Leave it” off a 10% discount on purchases.  If you choose to “Take It”, the 10% discount will be taken off your total purchases or if you choose “Leave It”, the 10% discount will be donated to Ainsworth.

Coin Drive: Week of October 13th! Details to follow.

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~ About Ainsworth ~

Ainsworth Elementary is a Kindergarten through 5th grade school located in the southwest hills of Portland, Oregon.  Our school is an immersion and neighborhood school - which means that some of our students who attend Ainsworth are enrolled in the Spanish Immersion Program (Spanish/English) and the remaining students live within our neighborhood and are enrolled in the English (non-immersion) program.  Instruction is differentiated to meet the needs and abilities of each student. Ainsworth is committed to a balanced curriculum that includes art, media and technology, physical education and music. Our students are connected to their community through class projects and service.

Our mission is to support all students in achieving their very highest educational and personal potential, to inspire in them an enduring love for learning and to prepare them to contribute as citizens of a diverse, multicultural and international community. Our staff, families and community members’ vision is to sustain and continue to develop a school, which provides our children with the best education possible. Ainsworth’s staff, community and Site Council have developed an outstanding School Improvement Plan, which includes the following programs:

  • A rigorous and challenging curriculum that promotes personal success, educational excellence and physical well-being.
  • The development of the skills necessary for self-direction and life-long learning.
  • A sense of connection with, and service to, both the local and global community.
  • The expectations of respect for oneself and for others.
  • A campus environment that is emotionally and physically safe in its physical setting.
  • An appreciation on the part of all students for the arts.

What makes us unique?

  • A neighborhood English program and a Spanish Immersion program, K – 5th grades
  • Blocks for literacy and math
  • Focus on the Arts with music and art instruction
  • Young Audiences support in grades K – 5th, an award winning Samba Band
  • Entire staff trained in Second Steps and Steps to Respect, friendship skills and anti-bullying curriculum
  • Computer Lab with a Smart Board
  • Tuition-based full day Kindergarten
  • And much, much more

Browse our web site and experience the learning opportunities that are happening in our school every day.  The staff, students and families that make up our Ainsworth community welcome you.


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PPS News

Clarendon early learning academy open for educating

September 22, 2014

PPS and partners cut the ribbon on the new Clarendon Regional Early Learning Center Sept. 10, ushering in a new era in pre-kindergarten education in the school district.


Volunteers help students not in school reconnect

September 13, 2014
From left, parent volunteer Jessica Thompson, School Board Director Bobbie Regan and Char Hutson, who oversees middle school community outreach at PPS, prepare to knock on doors of students no in school. More than 50 volunteers joined PPS Reconnection Services staff Saturday, Sept. 13, to knock on the doors of 175 students who are not in school -- and invite those students back. 


Student achievement remains strong, yet urgency affirmed

September 10, 2014

Portland Public Schools continues to outperform the state in reading, math, science and writing, according to state test results released by the Oregon Department of Education Sept. 10.  


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