Thank you for our most successful fundraiser ever!

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 […]

Bibi McGill sees greatness in our kids

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 […]

Jeff Merkley sees greatness in our students

While visiting Franklin High School to talk about making college more affordable, U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden heard how Step Uphelps 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 […]

Step Up advocacy works

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.

Governor Brown breaks ground on Open School East

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 + […]

Damian Lillard sees greatness in our students

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 […]

Portland Monthly Honors Executive Director Andrew Mason

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 […]

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 […]

Open School Programs Work

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 […]