Program Overview

The Portland Promise is the name of our new Comprehensive Plan, which lays out our new goals and strategies for the next five years. The School Board approved the plan in March 2017 after a series of public forums involving staff, students, parents and other stakeholders in the community. It serves as a roadmap, aligning the district’s work with its mission and vision.

Our four new goals—Achievement, Whole Student, Equity and People—serve as an important blueprint to guide student learning. The Portland Promise details key strategies for meeting those goals, and defines the metrics we use to measure our progress as a school district.


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


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.