Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

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Specially designed instruction to meet students' individual needs.

• Holladay Center (Elementary) • Youngson (Middle) •  Annex •

Pioneer Special School Locations

Holladay Site
(kindergarden through 6th grade)
Pioneer High School 
(9th grade through 12th grade)
Youngson Site
(5th grade through 9th grade)

School News & Announcements

Positive Behavior Supports (PBS)

Many students come to us after a long series of problems at home, at school, and in the community. In other settings they have been seen as either failures or victims. At Pioneer Special Schools we are adopting a skills-based approach that replaces the blaming and punishment/reward systems that children and their families have so often dealt with in the past. Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) is a way of teaching and parenting that makes use of every child’s wish to be understood and enlists him/her as a partner in developing skills for effective learning and living. It all begins with one premise:

Kids do well if they can.

Pioneer Calendar

PPS News

Children's Book Harvest seeks donations during parent/teacher conferences

September 30, 2015
This is a photograph of a child holding books.

The third annual book drive is part of the PPS Read Together initiative and aims to provide all students with books at home. 


Kids show the way to kindness

September 29, 2015

The PPS Successful Schools Survey showed parents, students and school staff are concerned about bullying, and now students from Rieke to Roseway Heights are working to bring kindness to their classrooms.


More modernized high schools begin to blossom

September 29, 2015

The PPS School Building Improvement Bond moves into a new phase this year with master planning for the modernization of Grant High School followed by master planning for Benson, Lincoln and Madison.


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