Using This Site

Get the lay of the land for Portland area schools. Learn the basics of navigating the system.

Determine what you’re looking for in a school, and what your child might need.

Get the essential details on your school options, and learn how to interpret the data.  Give and get the scoop in our Schools Forum

Know how to get the inside scoop on a school. Learn what to ask and what to look for on a school tour.

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.

Recent Comments


Follow Us


Abernethy Elementary (3) Ainsworth Elementary (2) All Saints School (1) Arbor School of Arts & Sciences (2) Atkinson Elementary (1) Be Academy (3) Beach Elementary (2) Beverly Cleary (1) Bridlemile Elementary (1) Buckman Arts Elementary (4) Cathedral School (1) Catlin Gabel (5) Cedar Hills Kindergarten & Preschool (1) Cedarwood Waldorf School (3) Chapman Elementary (1) Childpeace Montessori School (1) Class Academy (1) Cleveland High School (2) Creative Science School (2) Duniway Elementary (1) East/West Sylvan Middle School (1) Emerson School (5) Faubion K-8 (2) French American International School (1) German American School of Portland (1) Gilkey International Middle School (2) Glencoe Elementary (1) Grant High School (1) Grout Elementary (1) Hayhurst Elementary (3) Homeschool (1) Hosford Middle School (2) International Leadership Academy (1) Irvington Elementary (1) Ivy School (2) James John Elementary (1) Jefferson High School Middle College for Advanced Studies (1) Laurelhurst Elementary (1) Le Monde Immersion School (2) L'Etoile French Immersion School (1) Lewis Elementary (1) Lincoln High (1) Maplewood School (1) Markham Elementary (2) Martin Luther King Elementary (2) Metropolitan Learning Center (5) Northwest Academy (1) Northwest Chinese Academy (1) Opal Charter School (2) Oregon Connections Academy (1) Oregon Episcopal School (2) Portland French School (2) Portland Public Schools (11) Portland Village School (1) Providence Montessori School (1) Renaissance School of Arts and Sciences (1) Richmond School (Japanese) (2) Rigler Elementary (1) Scott School (1) Sitton Elementary (1) Southwest Charter School (2) Sunstone Montessori School (2) The International School (2) The Living School (2) The Odyssey Program at Hayhurst (5) The Portland Montessori School (1) Trillium Charter School (1) Valley Catholic Elementary (1) Vestal Elementary (1) Whitman Elementary (1) Wilson High School (1) Winterhaven (3) Woodlawn Elementary (1) Woodstock Mandarin Immersion (2) Your School Not Listed? (1)


Grab a Badge


Welcome to Scoop On Schools

If you are wondering how to find the best Portland area school for your child, we’ve got you covered! Follow a step-by-step process created by two Portland moms who have gone through it themselves and want to give you the scoop on how it all works.

We may not be blogging anymore,  but we're still around! If you want to let us know about changes in the school scene please leave comments, find us on FACEBOOK, post to the FORUM, or CONTACT US

Entries in Gilkey International Middle School (2)


Language Immersion - The Where

This updated list shows the various language immersion programs in the greater Portland area current as of October 2015. It originally followed Language Immersion – The What, Why and When, which offers a basic overview of language immersion.  The list below includes schools that support true immersion to varying degrees, as well as after-school or weekend programs.  Note that we didn’t list separate preschool immersion programs (although there are plenty out there).

If you’ve heard of any programs not on our list, please leave a comment with information.  All schools or programs listed below are in Portland, unless otherwise noted:

Click to read more ...


The International School - profile

The International School is an independent preK-5th grade International Baccalaureate school which is also full immersion in 3 separate language tracks: Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, and Spanish. Located in close-in SW Portland, it draws students from all over the metro area whose parents value 2nd language development for their children.  We talked with a few parents in the different language tracks and sum up their take on the school:

The Scoop Half-Full:

The International School (TIS) calls it “True Immersion” -- that is, for the elementary school, 65% of all learning is done fully in the target language (one of 3 languages, chosen early on), and taught by native speakers.  And while it’s not necessarily obvious at first, your child will no doubt reach proficiency by the end of the first or second year (and full fluency by the time they graduate).  Students’ language experience culminates in the 5th grade with their Capstone trip, where they spend 2 weeks traveling in a country of their language of study.  Paid for by tuition, the Capstone trip is a mix of cultural immersion with native families and touring the sites – certainly an incredible experience after several years of study.

Click to read more ...