Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Sunnyside Environmental School

Fostering responsibility, excitement for learning and respect for all living things.

3421 SE Salmon St. | Portland, OR 97214
Phone: (503) 916-6226 | Fax: (503) 916-2676

About Us

Sunnyside offers a K-8 educational option that includes a neighborhood attendance area.

Mission statement

The Sunnyside Environmental School is a community of students, educators, parents, neighbors, and alumni, working together to create a safe, nurturing, and educationally excellent learning environment for young people.

We are a small, multi-cultural urban public K-8 school drawing students from all of Portland’s diverse neighborhoods. We are actively teaching and learning a holistic, integrated curriculum.

Exploring themes of our many overlapping environments, students develop academic knowledge and skills while demonstrating personal and social responsibility for all living systems.

Enrollment: 530
Focus Option: Thematic environmental curriculum
Kindergarten: Two full-day kindergarten classes
Childcare: Camp Fire

The K-8 curriculum brings the beauty and magic of the natural world into the lives of children through an integrated, developmentally appropriate, art infused education. Creativity, love of learning, personal responsibility and family, are the cornerstones of an education that celebrates the many overlapping environments of Portland.

The city’s wild and urban areas become sites for inquiry, exploration and understanding as children acquire personal and academic skills that lead to a satisfying life as thoughtful, active members of the larger community. In pursuit of this goal, student are involved in service learning efforts throughout their years at the school.

Social justice and racial equity are driving forces of our school community and students are taught to think critically, take a stand for injustice, and to see the world from multiple perspectives. Our teachers strive to provide culturally responsive teaching practices to meet the diversity of our students.

Special programs and features

  • Service-learning experiences and curriculum-based field studies and overnights (grades 5-8)
  • School gardens and compost bins teach horticulture and sustainability.
  • Rotating curriculum themes : River, Mountain, Forest.
  • Visual arts demonstrate and illustrate curriculum concepts.
  • Required Spanish language and culture courses enable students to earn high school level language credits.
  • Common Core Math Curriculum with the option of an 8th-grade Algebra courses that provides the opportunity to earn high school credit
  • Physical education is provided weekly and integrated into curriculum through sports, hiking, field study, camping, and service learning.