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About Portland Public Schools

The Portland Public Schools is a dynamic school district, committed to cultivating a welcoming, inclusive and safe space for our students and staff and delivering a quality educational experience for each student. 

As Maine's largest and most diverse school district, we work hard to create a culturally responsive and representative learning environment. 

The Portland Public Schools serves approximately 6,500 students in pre-K through grade 12, about one-third of whom come from homes where a language other than English is spoken – for a total of more than 50 languages. We celebrate our diversity and strive for equity. Regardless of who you are, or where you come from, we welcome you!

We offer a rich academic journey, help students develop the skills, habits and mindsets needed to engage in and contribute to this ever-changing world and support every student's particular path to achieving success
The Portland Public Schools is comprised of 17 schools and also Portland Adult Education, the largest adult education program in Maine, which serves about 2,000 students in its academic and workforce programs each year. PPS has a talented, dedicated and increasingly diverse staff of more than 1,300 educators and other staff members, and offers a wide variety of educational opportunities from pre-kindergarten to college preparation. Our students graduate prepared and empowered to pursue their personal goals.

Vision & Mission

Our Vision

All learners will be fully prepared to participate and succeed in a diverse and ever-changing world.

Our Mission

The Portland Public Schools is responsible for ensuring a challenging, relevant, and joyful education that empowers every learner to make a difference in the world. We build relationships among families, educators and the community to promote the healthy development and academic achievement of every learner.

Our Core Values

High Expectations

We are all expected and enabled to meet high standards

Creativity & Innovation

We embrace all modes of learning and encourage experimentation, ingenuity, and boldness


We respect and value each person as an individual


We are better together, and we support one another


We commit to always confronting inequity