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PHS 8th-Grade Open House To Focus on Personalization, Pathways

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PHS 8th-Grade Open House To Focus on Personalization, Pathways
Posted on 01/19/2016
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Portland High School will hold an “8th-Grade Open House” on Thursday, Jan. 28, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is designed to help families learn about Portland High, one of the nation’s most established high schools, as their eighth-graders decide which of Portland’s three high schools they want to attend next year.

The Portland Public Schools offers eighth-graders a unique opportunity to choose between three high schools, each with its own distinctive personality and offerings. A series of events begun in December and ongoing this winter are designed to aid eighth-grade families in choosing a school by a March 11 commitment deadline.

Portland students may attend any of the three public high schools – Portland High, Deering and Casco Bay High School – regardless of where they live in the city.

Casco Bay High School held its family night/open house in December and Deering High School held its open house on Jan. 13. At Portland High’s Jan. 28 event, students and their families will learn about the “personalization, preparation and pathways” that help make Portland High unique.

Portland High School, home of the Bulldogs, prides itself on its diversity. Its students come from dozens of countries and speak a wide variety of languages. Founded in 1821, Portland High is the second oldest operating public high school in the United States. Its location at 284 Cumberland Avenue puts it in the heart of Portland’s downtown. “The city is our campus,” the school says.

The school describes itself in this way: “PHS teachers partner with many community organizations and the Bulldogs compete at some of the finest athletic facilities in the state. Portland High has a longstanding tradition of excellence in the classroom; our students attend the best colleges and universities in the country. In addition, the school offers numerous programs and support systems to ensure that students have every opportunity to succeed.

The Portland High School community is incredibly special. Staff and students at PHS describe the school as unique, safe, exciting, energizing, welcoming, and inclusive. Students and staff consider themselves to be part of the Portland family. There is a shared sense of purpose at PHS, as the school community is dedicated to promoting understanding, tolerance, and inclusiveness in its dedication to academic achievement.”

PHS also stresses that each student has a personalized scheduled to meet his/her needs and that students may choose pathways that include job shadows and internships.

The snow date for the PHS Open House is Feb. 3.

There is no enrollment cap at Portland High or Deering. Casco Bay High School is a smaller school, so if applications for next year’s ninth-grade class at Casco Bay High School exceed 97 students per grade level, a lottery will be held in February.  

There also will be a Multilingual High School Transition Night at King Middle School on Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. King Middle School is at 92 Deering St. Interpreters will be available. For more information about that event, click here.

For more information about Portland High and its open house, contact Sarah Obare at obares@portlandschools.org or call the school at (207) 874-8250 or visit its website: phs.portlandschools.org.

For more information about each high school, go to the “Schools” link on the district’s website, www.portlandschools.org, and click on “High School Choices.”