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

Welcome Back to School

We are excited the 2015-2016 school year has started and is in full swing during these extremely HOT temperatures. We are confident this will be a great year for our students and staff and welcome your support and help.  Our students have been sent home with a school calendar with important dates to help you stay up-to-date with upcoming events and school closures. Be sure to check your child's backpack every night for flyers or other important information that may come home. We also encourage you to "Like Us" on Facebook to stay connected with all that's happening at Rosa Parks.

Important Reminders

  • Each child is asked to provide a $5 supplies fee to his/her teacher to help cover the cost of classroom supplies for the year.
  • Please turn in a signed registration form and other important forms that were sent home with your child at the beginning of the year. If you do not have these forms, please visit the Office and Mary Oliver will be able to help you.
  • We are a uniform school. All students are required to be in uniform every day, unless it is Free Dress Day. Please review our Uniform Policy on our website.
  • Free breakfast starts at 7:40 a.m. Students should not arrive at school any earlier as their is no supervision at that time.
  • School dismisses at 2:15 p.m. We are aware that unforeseen event sometimes occur and may prevent you from picking up your child on time. Please call the school as soon as possible to inform us if this happens.

Boys & Girls Club Closed August 24th - September 11th

The Boys & Girls Club will be closed August 24th through September 11th. Please plan now for after school care for your child.

Fall Pictures

Fall pictures will be Tuesday, August 11th. Order forms will be sent home with your child soon. Please be sure to have exact change or write a check to Life Touch Portraits.

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

Mentoring Program

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.

Orientation is Wednesday, August 12th from 5:30pm-7:00pm.

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

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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