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Make a plan to go after the schools you like best. Understand the application or lottery process.

When you finally commit to a school, get tips on how to transition successfully.

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An Introduction

Thanks to Jacqueline for the introduction, and to Jacqueline, Katy, and all the past contributors to Scoop on Schools for their work developing the site into the resource that it is today. I’m delighted to be able to take over the task of continuing to develop it into a thriving resource for the Portland community. 

I’m a long-time Portlander who attended both Beaverton public schools and a Portland-area private high school.  I have a B.A. from Stanford in public policy with an education focus, a law degree, and additional graduate coursework in education policy and psychology.  I’ve worked in both public and private schools as an elementary school teacher’s aide, a middle school teacher, and a college teaching assistant and advisor.  After law school I worked for several years on Oregon education policy, then transitioned to higher education administration.  When my daughter was born I transitioned again to the world of stay-at-home parenting while continuing to volunteer with education-related nonprofits.  I’ve served on the boards of directors of Portland area private schools, a public school district foundation, and other education organizations. I love education policy, schools, and helping families find the right school for their children.

I’m looking forward to maintaining Scoop on School’s strong tradition as a reliable source of information about public and private school options in the city of Portland.  Over the next weeks and months, I’ll add information about other metro area public and private schools for families exploring options throughout the region.

If there are specific topics about which you’d like to learn more in future posts, please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas in the comments – most of all, I want to make sure this site is a resource for you.



Reader Comments (4)

I have 4 children (15, 13, 9, and 8) and am relocating to the Portland area. I am trying to decide on where to live based on the schools. I am overwhelmed with the process. My children are currently in a private school - high school, middle and lower schools. I am concerned with moving them to the public school system but I don't feel we could afford Catlin Gable alongside the increased housing prices. I'm looking for advice on the type of education in the public schools in Portland. My kids don't have to take state tests currently and I'm worried about heading into common core and state tests. How do the Catholic schools compare in the area? Thanks for any and all info!

March 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterOhio Mom

Hello Ohio Mom -

Welcome (a little early) to Portland! I can only imagine how overwhelming it would be to try to get school options sorted out for four kids while also coordinating a cross-country move. I'd love to help, but I have some additional questions for you to help give you the right advice. If you'd like to email me at I can learn a bit more about your family and give you some more personalized suggestions.


March 14, 2017 | Registered CommenterResearchMama

Sent you an email- moving here & school starts in less than 2 weks-- Yikes! Not sure where to send my artful 10 year old. I explained more in my not.e
Thanks SO much!-

August 16, 2018 | Unregistered Commentermargo tantau

Hi Margo, never got your note. I hope you figured things out!

December 17, 2018 | Registered CommenterResearchMama

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