At a work session of Portland Public Schools' Board of Education this morning, staff and board members reviewed conceptual models for PPS's high-school redesign.
In what looks like an effort to keep the conversation from devolving into a possible school closures debate, the models don't specify how many schools they would incorporate.
Without further ado, here are the new concepts with PPS's descriptions:
Model A -- Large campuses with themes
• Lots of programs and courses on the actual campus
• Average size of campuses increased
• Students assigned to neighborhood school but can transfer when space allows
• High demand programs placed in currently under-enrolled schools
Model B -- Strong schools close to home
• Students attend neighborhood school unless they opt to attend one of several magnets with no attendance boundaries
• Slots to magnet schools are divided by geographic region and magnet enrollment is fixed
• Similar elective courses and programs are offered at every neighborhood school
Model C -- Regional flex
• Students access vast array of programs within their region
• Students can travel to schools within their region to access IB or AP and dual credit as well as all career programs
• Different types of schools offered in every region -- including a small thematic school and an alternative program
• Funding is allocated by student enrollment per cluster
Model D -- No attendance boundaries
• No attendance boundaries/No neighborhood guarantee
• Students enter lottery and choose from multiple schools
• No school has more than a specified percentage of a particular socio-economic subgroup (Side question from WW: How is that legal?
• Enrollment is centrally managed -- all campuses are about the same size
• Schools have designated elective program offerings designed around two to three career pathways
Model E -- Magnet model
• All students have access to a comprehensive high school experience and are guaranteed their neighborhood school.
• Most comprehensives house a focused magnet program within their walls
• Small schools launched as stand-alone magnet programs co-located with a community partner