Our kids share their powerful voices

November 1, 2016

We celebrated the greatness of our students today with Governor Kate Brown, our staff, and the committed supporters who helped us build Open School East.

Thanks to our students for sharing their powerful voices at the ceremony.

It’s official: Gresham’s Open School is open  (Gresham Outlook)


Here are two excepts from the I AM poems our students read at the ceremony, with Governor Kate Brown by their side:

“My name is Rayanna
A leader at Open School East
It means open-minded
Courageous, and good friend
A mother’s first daughter”

“My name is Alex Leyva.
It means I’m brave and smart.
It is a really important name to me.
My name story began about 14 years ago.”

Celebrating our growing community!

September 18, 2016

More than 350 families, community partners, staff, students, and supporters helped us celebrate our growing community in East County yesterday! We enjoyed sharing more about our four core programs, all based on advocacy, equity, and rigorous academics, eating good food and ice cream, playing basketball, getting henna tattoos, and making letterpress posters with you!

Thanks to everyone for coming out. We love our Open School community!


Our new campus in East County is open!

August 22, 2016

These two powerful leaders and high achievers started a new academic school year today, in a brand new building, surrounded by people who see greatness in them. Let’s go!


Step Up staff completes summer training!

August 3, 2016

Our Step Up staff completes an intensive training session every summer. These amazing human beings are expert advocates, mentors, tutors, family partners, and teacher partners wrapped into one for kids at Roosevelt, Madison and Franklin.

And they get results no one else can. Last year, 100% of Step Up seniors graduated on time and 100% were accepted into post-secondary programs.

Our mighty Step Up crew

We can see the finish line at Open School East

July 18, 2016

On August 22, 2016, our brilliant Open School East students and families will walk into the kind of school they deserve for the first time in their lives. They will also get what they need to graduate and get ahead. rigorous academics, teachers who believe in them, and a whole lot of relentless love and support.

Thank you for helping us make this dream a reality by raising nearly $7M in 18 months!

Open School East Front Door
Open School East Atrium
Open School East Break Out Space

Our new teacher training program is working

June 30, 2016

Forty school administrators, teachers and counselors completed Open School’s new Equity Certificate Program, a challenging, personal journey for educators who are committed to attacking racial disparities in education outcomes.

Read the story in The Skanner about how Open School is working to improve outcomes for kids across the Portland Metro area.


We received the highest non-profit rating. Again!

July 1, 2016

Charity Navigator awarded us their highest possible rating again this year! This distinction, which only a quarter of rated non-profits achieve, means that Open School executes its mission in a financially efficient way and outperforms most other non-profits in our area of work. Our students aren’t the only ones we hold to the highest standards.

We received the highest non-profit rating. Again!

Open School North graduates are brilliant

June 9, 2016

Principal Michael Navarro reminded his students to “Hold high standards. Respect one another. And if you’re ever unsure, turn to your Open School family, who will forever see the greatness in you.” Let’s hear it for the Class of 2020 at Open School North!


Our kids advance 4 grade-levels in one year

June 7, 2016

The Class of 2020 at Open School East is amazing. All 44 students earned a certificate of promotion from 8th grade and nearly a third of them advanced 4 or more grade-levels in math and reading last year alone.

We are so proud of our Open School kids, advocates, and families!


Thank you for our most successful fundraiser ever!

April 27, 2016

Thank you to all of our amazing teachers, families, staff, supporters, board members, volunteers and partners who helped us raise $269,500 at our annual trivia contest and fundraiser!

You help us give our kids an education that fits: rigorous academics, teachers who believe in them, and a whole lot of relentless love and support.

In Lak
We love our proud donors

Bibi McGill sees greatness in our kids

April 8, 2016

At Open School, we surround our kids with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers. That’s why we hosted Bibi McGill, the lead guitarist and musical director of Beyoncé‘s all-female backing band, the Suga Mamas, at Open School North.

As an artist in residence, McGill helped make our middle school Language Arts and Science classes relevant and engaing for our kids. She taught them how to write and record a song, and to see the world through her eyes with meditation, tea ceremonies, and poetry.


Step Up advocacy works

January 18, 2016

At a recent anti-violence retreat, Step Up students unpacked personal experiences and learned tools to stop harmful behaviors and patterns. This is what advocacy looks like at Open School. And it works. 100% of our Step Up students graduated on time from high school in 2016.


Jeff Merkley sees greatness in our students

January 29, 2016

While visiting Franklin High School to talk about making college more affordable, U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden heard how Step Up helps middle school students transition to high school. They were impressed by one of our amazing students, who told them “the consistency of my advocate was exactly what I needed.”


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