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Portland, Oregon contains six public school districts, many private schools, as well as public and private colleges and universities including Portland State University, the largest public university in Oregon.

Public elementary and secondary education

District Enrollment
Portland Schools 49,189
Reynolds School District 10,700
David Douglas School District 9,500
Centennial School District 6,700
Parkrose School District 3,700
Riverdale 220
Beaverton 40,725
Lake Oswego 7,084
Tigard-Tualatin 12,363

Portland is served by seven school districts, Beaverton, Parkrose, Lake Oswego, David Douglas, Centennial, Tigard-Tualatin, Reynolds, Riverdale, and Portland Public. The largest, Portland Public School District consists of about 100 schools covering, in various combinations, grades kindergarten through 12, as well as 50 special education programs. The number of students in the school district is approximately 53,000 — an enrollment of over 90% of the available school-age children, a higher percentage than other large urban school districts. Some of the elementary schools include; Abernethy, Scott, Bridlemile, and Peninsula. Some of the K8 schools are Martin Luther King Jr., Beverly Cleary, Bridger, and Hayhurst. Some of the middle schools are Jackson, George, and Mt. Tabor.

Parkrose and David Douglas school districts are also fully contained within the city. The Parkrose District has a single high school, a middle school and four elementary schools. Beaverton, Lake Oswego, Tigrad-Tualatin, Centennial, and Reynolds all primarily consist of suburb residents, but absorb suburban Portland and/or CDP residents.

Portland high schools

School name District Established Enrollment Notable alumni
Beaverton High School Beaverton
Benson Polytechnic High School Portland Public A. C. Green
Cleveland High School Portland Public Phil Knight
David Douglas High School David Douglas
Franklin High School Portland Public
Grant High School Portland Public Terrell Brandon, Sally Struthers, Beverly Cleary, Thomas M. Lauderdale
Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School (formerly Woodrow Wilson) Portland Public 1956 1,413 Damon Stoudamire, Wayne Twitchell, Dale Murphy
Jefferson High School Portland Public Terry Baker, Aaron Miles
Lake Oswego High School Lake Oswego
Lincoln High School Portland Public Mel Blanc, Elliott Smith, Matt Groening, Peter Jacobsen, S. David Griggs
Madison High School Portland Public
Marshall High School Portland Public
Mount Scott Alternative High School Portland Public
Parkrose High School Parkrose Michael Allen Harrison, Susan J. Helms
Roosevelt High School Portland Public
Metropolitan Learning Center Portland Public
Riverdale Riverdale 1888 220
Sunset High School Beaverton
Tigard High School Tigard-Tualatin
Westview High School Beaverton

Weekend educational programs

The Portland Japanese School, a weekend Japanese educational program for Japanese citizens and Japanese Americans, holds its classes at Hazelbrook Middle School at Tualatin and has its school office in Beaverton. The school first opened in 1971 and students come from areas throughout the Portland metropolitan area.

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