Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Buckman Arts Focus Elementary School

Buckman nurtures the whole child and strives for academic excellence

320 SE 16th Ave  | Portland, OR 97214
Phone: (503) 916-6230 | Fax: (503) 916-2615

School News & Announcements

Register Kindergarteners now!

If you have an incoming Kindergartener for next school year and are within our neighborhood boundary, or have been accepted into Buckman though the Lottery, please register your student now. To help us plan for next year, we need to know how many students to expect. Please stop by the office and pick up a packet, or look around your house for the packet you picked up during the Connect to Kindergarten event. Register today!

Safety and Security

Parking in front of the school between 7-9 am and 2-4 pm is five minutes only, and the driver must remain at the wheel.

Double parking is prohibited, even for a drop off; it ties up traffic and is very unsafe.

Dogs must always be on a leash and never left tied up.

Always enter and exit through the front doors; no exceptions unless there is an emergency.

No child can be left alone on the school grounds.

A Message from the Nurse


The office receives reports that lice are making a nuisance of themselves, so please be on the lookout.

• Students found with nits remain at school.
• Students with live lice are sent home at the time discovered.
• Students with lice and/or nits receive treatment information.
• Whole school and/or classroom screening are discouraged in all schools.

The PPS lice policy reflects recommendations from national experts such as Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Current research shows that classroom or school-wide screening and parent notifications about known cases of lice are not good use of resources and staff time, do not diminish the incidence of lice, and can give parents a false sense of security if they are not receiving notification.

Again, in accordance with PPS policy, there are no classroom screenings. All schools must comply with the PPS policy. If you have any questions, please contact: Megan Melady, School Health Services Coordinator, 503.916.3036, mmelady@pps.net.


Admission for 2015-2016

Buckman is open to students in the Portland Public Schools district. We are both a neighborhood school and open to students outside the neighborhood through the PPS School Choice lottery process.

Application Process for Non-Neighborhood Families

Transfer to focus options schools such as Buckman occur through an annual computerized lottery process. The focus option lottery opened February 9, 2015 and closed March 6, 2015.  

For families that applied before the deadline, Enrollment and Transfer Center will mail result letters around May 2015. Families living outside the Buckman neighborhood who did not apply to the lottery process before closing are encouraged to contact their neighborhood school for enrollment.

Application Process for Buckman Neighborhood Families

Students living in the Buckman neighborhood, as defined by Portland Public Schools, do not need to apply through the lottery process. Neighborhood families are encouraged to contact the Buckman office and complete the registration paperwork as soon as possible.

Not sure of your neighborhood school? Enter your address information on the following link to find your neighborhood school:


For further information, please contact the Buckman office at 503-916-6230 or the Portland Public Schools Enrollment & Transfer Center at 503-916-3205.

Daily Schedule

First Bell 8:35
Tardy Bell 8:45
AM Kindergarten Dismissal 11:15
Beginning Lunch (1st & 3rd) 11:20
Second Lunch (K & 2nd) 11:55
Third Lunch (4th & 5th) 12:30
End of Lunch 1:00
School Dismissal 3:00


First Bell 10:35
Tardy Bell 10:45
All Kindergarten Attends  
Beginning Lunch (1st & 3rd) 11:20
Second Lunch (K & 2nd) 11:55
Third Lunch (4th & 5th) 12:30
End of Lunch 1:00
School Dismissal 3:00

Buckman Calendar

PPS News

Board takes action on Benson enrollment; compensation audit

July 29, 2015
The Portland Public Schools Board. The Portland Public Schools Board of Directors approved a resolution which directs Superintendent Carole Smith to develop a two-year phased in plan including the feasibility of lifting the enrollment cap at Benson Polytechnic High School and bring it back to the board by Jan. 1, 2016. The board unanimously approved the resolution, 7-0. 


New PPS Board members elect new leadership, return to committee structure

July 06, 2015
Tom Koehler was elected Chair and Amy Kohnstamm Vice Chair of the Portland School Board at the first meeting of the new board Monday, July 6, 2015. In addition to electing new leadership the school board approved and announced member assignments to new committees. 


Sylvester, Owens to leave PPS with major bond accomplishments to their credit

June 26, 2015

Superintendent Carole Smith today announced that C.J. Sylvester, Chief of School Modernization, and Jim Owens, Senior Director of the Office of School Modernization, are leaving Portland Public Schools.


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