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!"

School News and Announcements

2016-2017 School Year

We are excited to continue with our Year-Round Balanced Calendar for the 2016-2017 school year! School will begin Friday, July 15th! Take a look at our 2016-2017 School Calendar.

First Day of School for 1st - 5th Graders - Friday, July 15th

The 2016-2017 school year is just around the corner. Our 1st-5th graders' first day of school is Friday, July 15th. Here's some helpful reminders for your first day of school:

  • Breakfast starts at 7:40
  • Wear your uniform
  • Each student will receive a backpack and supplies
  • School dismisses at 2:15 

First Day of School for Kindergarten is Wednesday, July 20th

We look forward to meeting our incoming Kindergarten students on Wednesday, July 20th. If you haven't called to schedule your child's 30-minute appointment to meet his/her teacher and have a brief assessment, please call our office 503-916-6250. 

Assessment Times: 
  • Friday, July 15th: 8am-2pm
  • Monday, July 18th: 11:30am-6:30pm
  • Tuesday, July 19th: 8am-2pm

BRAVO Youth Orchestra and Black Violin - February 24, 2016

We are so proud of our BRAVO Youth Orchestra! They have performed numerous concerts this year, but the most recent and exciting was the encore with Black Violin on February 24, 2016 at the Arlene Schnitzer. Thank you Black Violin, Chamber Music Northest and Portland 5 for making this a possibility for our BRAVO students. Please enjoy a video of their encore performance below.

4th Graders Swimming for PE

Thank you, Portland Parks and Recreation, for this amazing pilot program incorporating swimming lessons into the PE curriculum at Rosa Parks!

Posted by Portland Public Schools on Tuesday, November 10, 2015


We are 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.

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

Advisory committee forwards to superintendent recommendations for district-wide structural changes

January 29, 2016

The District-Wide Boundary Review Committee sent to the superintendent on Jan. 28 the first blueprint for structural change district-wide in many years, on the principle that balancing growing enrollment among all schools will support strong schools in every neighborhood, investing in the continued vitality of the city.


PPS grad rate up 21 points in seven years

January 28, 2016
Portland Public Schools graduation rate rose four percentage points last year to 74 percent, a 21 percentage point increase over seven years.  The PPS five-year graduation rate also improved two percentage points to 75 percent, up from 73 percent.

Board approves 2016-2017 calendar

January 26, 2016
The Portland Public Schools board voted 6-1 tonight, January 26, to start school August 29, 2016 and end June 9, 2017.


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