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Our new website is mobile first and accurate translation into more than 50 different languages is a snap!

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Portland Public Schools is Hiring!

Join our dynamic, diverse & welcoming school district! We offer competitive wages and a full range of benefits for both part-time and full-time staff.

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New Leaders at Schools, Central Office

The Portland Public Schools is getting a slate of new school leaders, including principals, assistant principals and an executive director of district operations!

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Superintendent Recognized as Outstanding Leader

Superintendent Xavier Botana has won an Outstanding Leadership Award for 2021 and 2022 from the Maine School Superintendents Association (MSSA).

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All PPS students will attain academic excellence.

All PPS students will be prepared for college and career and empowered to pursue a productive postsecondary path.

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All PPS students will acquire positive social and emotional skills.

All PPS students will develop the skills, habits and mindsets they need to engage in and contribute to our diverse city and ever-changing world

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Portland Public Schools attracts, supports and retains talented and diverse people.

Portland Public Schools attracts, supports and retains talented and diverse people
who use their strengths to achieve our shared goals.

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PPS courageously confronts and overcomes inequities.

PPS is vigilant in supporting each and every student's particular path to achieving high standards, rooting out systemic or ongoing inequities.

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prepared & empowered

The Portland Promise, the district's strategic plan, serves as a roadmap for Maine’s largest and most diverse school district.

The Portland Promise has four key goals: Achievement, Whole Student and People, all three of which are centered around the central goal of Equity.

 

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PHS Earns GreatSchools' 2022 College Success Award!

The Portland Public Schools is proud to announce that Portland High School (PHS) has been named one of the top schools in the state for “College Success,” according to GreatSchools, a nonprofit providing school information to parents and families across the nation. This recognition honors schools that excel at preparing students to enroll and succeed in college, as determined by available data in each state.

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PPS Community on the Path toward Equity

The Portland Promise, the district’s strategic plan adopted by the Portland Board of Public Education in 2017, has four goals: Achievement, Whole Student and People, which all center on the key fourth goal of Equity. Superintendent Xavier Botana, who joined the district in 2016, spearheaded the development of the Portland Promise and has led the district’s effort toward achieving all those goals.

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Fill Out a School Meal Application Today!

Thanks to a new Maine law, school meals are free for all Maine students, but it’s still very important to fill out a free-or-reduced school-meal application. Completing the applications provides the Portland Public Schools with family income data that helps the district receive the federal and state funding we need.

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At its Sept. 20 meeting, the Portland Board of Public Education voted unanimously to approve a new three-year collective bargaining agreement with the Portland Education Association, The new contract shows trust and collaboration on both sides, with educators and the district working towards a common goal of student success. The contract begins this school year and runs through the 2024-2025 school year.

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Four PPS Educators Win Education for the Common Good Award

At a ceremony in Brunswick Sept. 15, four Portland Public Schools educators were presented with the 2022 Education for the Common Good Award by Bowdoin College. The four recipients of this year’s award are Superintendent Xavier Botana; PPS Director of BIPOC Career Pathways and Leadership Development Julia Hazel; Portland High School Assistant Principal Alberto Morales, and Executive Director of Human Resources Barbara Stoddard. They were recognized for their work to transform conditions for educators of color in the district

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PPS Gets Donation of 1,200 ‘I’m Your Neighbor’ Books

To kick off the NEA Big Read: Portland, ME, a city-wide discussion of immigration using the adult novel INFINITE COUNTRY that is taking place this fall, the Portland nonprofit I’m Your Neighbor Books and USM’s Department of Literacy, Language, and Culture delivered 1,200 children’s books to the Portland Public Schools – texts that will extend the conversation from kindergarten to grade 12. I'm Your Neighbor uses children’s books and stories to welcome immigrants, sharing books that help all students to better understand the perspectives of others and learn to value diversity.

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PPS Unveils New Mobile Makerspace!

The Portland Public Schools unveiled its new mobile makerspace on Sept. 14, prior to its launch with students the following week. The PPS Mobile Makerspace is a mobile lab that will provide a collaborative setting for making, learning, exploring, and sharing, using high-tech to no-tech tools. It will provide every PreK-5 student in the district with at least one design/innovation/engineering experience each year. The makerspace will travel between schools to engage and empower students to explore, create, and solve meaningful problems in the STEM fields

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Rippleffect New Outdoor Center Adjacent to Rowe School

Rippleffect, a nonprofit that promotes youth development and leadership through adventure, on Sept. 13 officially announced the Rippleffect Outdoor Center (“ROC”), a central piece in Rippleffect's vision to provide equitable access for all Maine youth, starting in Portland’s backyard. 

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PHS Senior Is National Merit Semifinalist

Portland High School senior Liam Fay-LeBlanc has been named a Semifinalist in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program. Liam now joins other academically talented high school seniors nationwide who have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,250 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million that will be offered next spring.

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New Interim Principal at Rowe

Jesseca Steele has been selected by Superintendent Xavier Botana to serve as interim principal of Rowe Elementary School for the 2022-2023 school year. She began work on Aug. 29 and the Board of Public Education formally approved her appointment at its Tuesday, Sept. 6, meeting.

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Portland Named All-America City for School Success!

The National Civic League has announced that Portland is a winner of the 73rd Annual 2022 All-America City Award. This year’s award recognized ten communities across the United States who are using public housing as a platform to support children’s success in school. Portland was recognized as an example of community collaboration for its partnerships between Portland Housing Authority, the Portland Public Schools and a network of community organizations who are part of the Portland ConnectED partnership.

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New Assistant Director of Special Services

The district has a new assistant director of student support services for secondary schools: Sharlee Mahoney. Shar, who started work on Aug. 22, will be introduced to the Portland Board of Public Education in September. She is joining our district from the Falmouth Public Schools, where she was a special education coordinator and instructional strategist across all grade spans.

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Two dedicated Portland Public Schools educators are stepping into assistant principal roles. Talya Edlund, is the new assistant principal at Lyseth Elementary School. Edlund, the 2016 Maine Teacher of the Year, has been the math coach at Lyseth for the past year. Emily Parr, a special education teacher/liaison at Ocean Avenue Elementary School for the past eight years, is the new assistant principal there. The appointments were ratified at the Aug. 16 Portland Board of Public Education meeting.

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$60k from BOA To Help PAE Students

The nonprofit Friends of Portland Adult Education has received $60,000 from Bank of America to enhance Portland Adult Education’s workforce training programs and student career services. The donation will expand employer partnerships and create tailored opportunities for Maine’s multilingual populations that will promote racial equity and strengthen Maine’s economy.

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Donation To Help PPS Students Code

The Foundation for Portland Public Schools (FPPS) has just received a contribution from Generac Power Systems to help expand STEM programming in the Portland Public Schools. The funding will be used to purchase sets of Bee-Bots for each of the 10 elementary schools in the district. Bee-Bots are an interactive learning tool to introduce PreK-2nd grade students to some of the basic concepts of coding. It can help them learn about robotics, sequencing, programming, and overall problem-solving skills

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Testimonials

What our alumni have to say about Portland Public Schools.

All of my teachers went out of their way to make sure I had the resources I needed to achieve my goals. The extracurricular programs allowed me to find my passion in helping others.

  • Alexandra Kiladjian
  • Portland High

PPS provided me with a strong foundation of cultural understanding, willingness to lead, and intellectual curiosity that have allowed me to fulfill my ambitions.

  • Aren Kiladjian
  • Portland High

All of the teachers in the ELL department went out of their way to help me learn. I had the resources I needed in school and outside the school to achieve my goals.

  • Zehra Abukar
  • Deering High

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Fast Facts About Our District

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6456

Students

Our students come from a wide variety of culturally rich backgrounds. We believe that learning in diverse groups prepares students to thrive.

53

Languages Spoken

Top 10 most spoken languages in the district includes: English, Somali, Arabic, Lingala, Khmer, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Vietnamese and Kinyarwanda

85%

Graduation Rate

The Portland Public Schools’ goal is that every student will graduate prepared and empowered for college and career. 

44%

Free and Reduced Lunch

Free-and-reduced lunch paperwork is low due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Federal and state funding has enabled every student to receive free meals without requiring income verification.

133.1M

2022-2023 Budget

The voter-approved budget of $133.1 million balances significant fiscal constraints with maintaining current programs and services and covers increased costs for salaries, benefits and debt service. 

1309

Employees

We strive to attract and retain the most talented and diverse staff and are committed to ensuring that our staff members have the skills and support that they need to realize expectations.