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

Connect to Kindergarten

Wednesday, February 17th - 1PM-3PM & 6PM-7PM

If you have a child who will be 5 by September 1st, we invite you to come to our Connect to Kindergarten event, where you will meet our Principal, Ms. Newsome, meet some of our Kindergarten teachers, see a Kindergarten classroom and learn about our program. Your child is welcome to come as well. If you would like to register your child at Connect to Kindergarten, please bring the following information:

- Birth Certificate/Hospital Certificate/Baptismal Certificate
- Immunization Record
- 2 proofs of address
- Parent/Guardian Picture ID

Feel free to contact our office at 503-916-6250 and speak to Mary Oliver with any questions.

Rosa Parks Riders Basketball Schedule

Our boys and girls 3rd-5th grade basketball teams have been practicing and had their first game this past Saturday. We invite you all to come and support them at their games. Their schedules are on Rosa Parks Riders page.

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

Help Our 5th Graders Get to Swimming Lessons in the Spring

In the Fall, our 4th grade students were able to have 10 swimming lessons at Columbia Pool. They learned so much and had a lot of fun. We want our 5th grade classes to also enjoy this opportunity in the Spring, but we need help with transportation. Ms. Holden has set up an account on Donors Choose, where you can make a donation that will help fund our transportation needs. Please share this with friends and family as well. People across the country have access to this and have already started giving. Thank you in advance for your support!

Donors Choose - 5th Grade Transportation


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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