Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Rosa Parks School

"Children First, Learning First"

8960 N Woolsey | Portland, OR 97203
Phone: (503) 916-6250 | Fax: (503) 916-2607

Welcome to Rosa Parks Elementary School in Portland, OR!

Rosa Parks Elementary K-5 School is nestled in the New Columbia neighborhood of North Portland, Oregon. Our administration, teachers, staff and volunteers work together to achieve our goal, "to place and keep children first in all we do." We have a diverse community with over 20 different countries represented, which is closely knit together into a larger community that works hard to help our students succeed. At Rosa Parks, "failure is not an option!"

We are also an AVID School. AVID®(Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a program designed to inspire the average student to choose a college-preparatory path.  Beginning with one class at Madison High School in 2005, we now provide the AVID program at 15 schools. In 2009, Madison High School had the first 4-year AVID graduates in the State of Oregon. In 2013-14, all of the seniors in the PPS AVID program graduated from high school.

School News and Announcements

Fall Intersession Break

We are so excited we have nearly competed our first weeks of school! Our Fall Break starts next week, September 21st - October 4th. Carefully read the information below to help you prepare for Fall Break.

Important Reminders

  • Friday, September 18th is a Teacher Planning Day. There is NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS.
  • Fall Intersession Break is September 21st through October 4th. HAVE FUN!
  • Fall Intervention/Enrichment Week is October 5th through October 8th. Only Identified Students should return to school this week.
  • School will be closed on Friday, October 9th.
  • All students return to school for the 2nd quarter starting October 12th. 

Boys & Girls Club Hours During Fall Intersession Break

The Boys & Girls Club will have special hours during Fall Intersession Break. They will Monday through Thursday from 12pm-7pm and Friday from 12pm-6pm. It's only $5 a year to be a member at the Boys and Girls Club.

Parent Coffee

Every Friday, we invite all Rosa Parks parents, grandparents and guardians to join us for coffee and light snacks. Each week we have a different speaker and different topic discussed. Topics range from budgeting, helping your children with homework, community resources and more. There is a small play area for your young children and a Russian and Spanish translator are available most every week.

Time: 8:15am - 9:30am

Location: Parent Resource Room

Rosa Parks Parade

Lunchtime Mentoring Program

We are launching a mentor program focused on encouraging and inspiring students who are struggling. If you are interested, please visit our Mentoring Program page to learn more and to download a Mentoring Program Application.    

We look forward to meeting you!

Weekly Parent Coffee

We welcome you to the Rosa Parks' Family Resource Room on Friday mornings between 8:30 and 9:30 am to share a cup of coffee and a treat, meaningful conversations and information from our featured weekly guest speaker. Conducted by Mrs. Lovings, the “Weekly Parent Coffee” is well attended and offers information on a wide variety of topics, including:

  • How to get involved at Rosa Parks
  • Home Ownership
  • Personal Safety Awareness
  • Raising a family
  • Substance Abuse
  • Energy Conservation Tips
  • Energy Assistance

 . . . and much, much more!

If it’s Friday Morning . . . it’s Weekly Parent Coffee!

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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