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Option 1: The Neighborhood School 

In the next few weeks, we will examine the three main paths Portland kids can take for school. (To say nothing of homeschooling, which is too big in scope to explore here.) Over the past several years, we’ve talked to parents, teachers, administrators and kids about the pros and cons of their school choice. In the course of researching the local options, we’ve come up with some general observations that can help guide you in your school search. But to really get to know an individual school, be sure to do some of your own research, too.  

First up: neighborhood schools.

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Martin Luther King K-8 - profile

Martin Luther King K-8 is a small neighborhood school (enrollment of 288) nestled at the western end of the Alberta Arts District in Northeast Portland.  Historically a rough neighborhood, King is in the midst of a long-overdue transformation that includes the establishment of the highly reputed International Baccalaureate program and the prioritization of the arts.  Here is the scoop:

The Scoop Half-Full:

Parents appear to enthusiastically agree that King’s recent renaissance stems from the day that principal Kim Patterson walked through its doors.  Formerly an assistant principal at nearby Jefferson High, Principal Patterson comes to King with years of experience in marginalized schools, with an energy and optimism that parents describe as limitless.  In her two years at the helm, she has made massive and visible changes to the feel and energy of the school, minimized behavior issues, and has established partnerships with outside entities to benefit and support the school’s transformation.  She also has deeply affected the program that King offers its students, adding Spanish, dance, music teachers, a brand new computer lab, and an optional but well-attended summer school for all students.  Parents describe her as accessible, decisive, and tirelessly focused on making King successful.

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