Damian Lillard sees greatness in our students

December 12, 2015

Damian Lillard hosted 40 students and staff members from Open School’s Step Up program at a holiday celebration on Saturday night. After attending the Trail Blazers vs. Knicks game, our kids were treated to a catered dinner in a private suite at the Moda Center. Lillard presented each student with a backpack filled with special gifts and spoke to the kids about the importance of continuing their education.


Step Up is an after-school college-prep program for kids who hold tremendous promise, but need something different than traditional school. Step Up surrounds kids with what they need to graduate and go to college: advocacy, equity and rigorous academics.

Artists see greatness in our students

December 16, 2015

As a winter artist in residence, Perry Pfister taught our 60 middle school students all about the neon fabrication process. During Science class, Pfister worked with our students to create a sign inspired by our logo and by iconic neon “open” signs across the county. Our students exhibited their work at OMSI during the Portland Winter Light Festival and the sign is now installed permanently at Open School North.




Governor Brown breaks ground on Open School East

November 5, 2015

Governor Kate Brown joined Oregon Legislators, local leaders, and a crowd of families and community members to break ground on Open School East. Check out some of the media coverage from our big day:

Open School Success Leads to Expansion (KOIN TV)
Breaking Ground on a New Kind of School (OPB Radio + Web)
Open School to Expand in Rockwood (The Oregonian)


Starting with a class of 46 in 2014, Open School East will serve 270 students from six school districts by 2019. At Open School East, we are committed to doing what it takes so that every student graduates, goes to college, and pursues a meaningful career.

Learn more about our campaign for Open School East or donate now to help us raise the final $1 million.

Portland Monthly Honors Executive Director Andrew Mason

October 20, 2015

Portland Monthly names Open School’s Andrew Mason “Extraordinary Executive Director” at its 2015 Light a Fire awards ceremony. Portland Monthly said:

“Leadership isn’t just about moving things forward. Sometimes, it requires forcing a bold change of direction. In his 20 years at North Portland’s Open School (formerly Open Meadow), Andrew Mason has done just that. Since he took over as executive director 10 years ago, Mason has shifted the 44-year-old organization’s focus from working with high school dropouts to redefining education for at-risk students.”

Read the full story here.


Open School North Students Paint GIF-ITI Mural

During his five week residency at Open School North, internationally renowned artist INSA worked with students to design and spray paint a GIF-ITI mural. The unveiling celebration in October 2015 at Open School North was an event full of excitement as students, families, and community members gathered to celebrate the completed project. GIF-ITI is created by photographing individual layers of a multi-stage, hand-painted mural. The images are then assembled into a looping animation or GIF.

Open School Programs Work

August 17, 2015

Open School staff, Board, and students thanked supporters for helping to get 600 students on track for college and career in 2014-15.


Here are some of Open School’s most important achievements in 2014-15:

2.5-year grade-level gains in one academic year: We advanced students an average of 2 grade levels in reading and 2.5 grade levels in math in their first year at Open School East, our new 7th-12th grade college prep school in East Multnomah County.

94% graduation rate: We graduated 94% of our Step Up seniors from high school and helped 90% of these graduates pursue post-secondary degrees.

Two new teacher-training programs: In partnership with the University of Portland’s School of Education, we launched a new Equity Certificate Program and MAT Residency Program to teach train the next generation of educators.

Oregon Community Foundation Honors Open School

May 6, 2015

Oregon Community Foundation CEO and President Max Williams and Board Chair Tim Mabry honored Open School with its billionth dollar in grants and scholarships since its founding 41 years ago. Thank you Oregon Community Foundation for your 41 years of support! You make our results possible.


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