From counselor Ariel Frager:

The beginning of the end of elementary school is fast approaching for your children. As we head into the second semester, plans for middle school and beyond are occupying the thoughts of your children.

The majority of Chapman students who live in our school area boundaries are slated to attend West Sylvan Middle School. You will be receiving a personalized letter from the Portland Public Schools Enrollment and Transfer department with your child’s middle school assignment. If you plan on having your child attend West Sylvan and the letter states that he/she is forecasted for West Sylvan, there is nothing more you need to do.

Portland Public Schools has several Focus Option school programs that have lottery enrollment for middle school. Each school has a slightly different process and most of the schools require that parents attend an information session and then follow the PPS transfer/lottery process. This link will give more detailed information about all the PPS schools that are either focus option, neighborhood option or language immersion options in our district. Most of the students who will be entering 6th grade next year will not meet the language requires for the immersion programs unless you speak that language at home.

I have highlighted some of the Focus Option programs that Chapman students are most interested in. Some of these information sessions are happening this week so if you want your student to try for a Focus Option lottery program, you will need to attend one of the sessions before applying.

 Metropolitan Learning Center (alternative program)

2033 NW Glisan St.

Information Session: Thursday March 1, 6 – 7 pm

 Odyssey Program at East Sylvan (history focused program)

1849 SE 58th Ave.

Information Sessions: Thursday February 156 pm, Thursday February 226 pm and Thursday March 16 pm.

Sunnyside School (environmental focus)

3421 SE Salmon St.

Information Sessions: Tuesday February 13 6:30 pm and Tuesday February 27 at 9 am.

Winterhaven School (science and math focus)

3830 SE 14th Ave.

Information Sessions: Thursday February 155:30 pm, Wednesday February 283:30 pm

daVinci Arts Middle School (art focus)

2508 NE Everett St.

Information Sessions: Tuesday February 13 – 5:15 pm and March 54 pm.

I have attached the PPS middle school lottery information packet with this email. All of this information is available on the PPS Enrollment and Transfer web site:

I am also always available to help you with this process. Please make an appointment to meet with me and I can try and answer your lottery/transfer questions.

Ariel Frager, LPC

School Counselor

Chapman Elementary School

(503) 916-6295 x73919

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