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Portland Public Schools Vision, Mission & Core Principles

The Portland School Board has approved the following vision and mission statements and core principles:

Vision

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

Mission

The Portland Public Schools are 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.

Core Principles

  • We support an organization that strives for continuous improvement and transparency, with agreed upon goals and evidence of progress. 

  • We support an organization where leadership at all levels supports student learning, financial, and operational priorities.  

  • We support an organization that demonstrates fiscal responsibility and effective long-term financial planning. 

  • We support an organization that provides our learners with equitable and appropriate facilities. 

  • We support an organization that celebrates and partners with the diverse culture of our community. 

  • We support an organization that has an investment in staff recognizing that this connects to student learning. 

  • We support an organization that is vested in our Adult Learners.

  •  We support an organization that recognizes the importance of the arts, athletics, co-curricular, and extra-curricular opportunities in our learners’ growth. 

  • We support an organization that utilizes technology to provide instructional opportunities for all of our learners. 

Every Student is Prepared & Empowered

  • Pursuing high academic standards

  • Empowered to achieve in school, life, and work

  • A productive citizen of the city and the world

  • Respected and respectful to others

  • Personally connected to teachers, staff and the community

  • Nurturing curiosity, creativity, empathy, and personal wellbeing