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It's Not Powerball, But Portland Schools' Lottery Can Be A Long Shot

OPB | May 17, 2013 5:18 p.m. | Updated: May 20, 2013 12:46 p.m. | Portland

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The odds can be as bad as one-in-ten to transfer into high-demand Portland Public Schools according to this year’s lottery results.

Portland Public received transfer applications from more than 4600 students, this spring. The district denied entry or waitlisted nearly 3000 of them.

Magnet schools depend entirely on students to transfer in, yet the science-focused schools denied many of them.

Transfer applications percentage accepted and not accepted by school.

Transfer applications percentage accepted and not accepted by school.

Winterhaven said “no” or “not yet” to 379 students ­ or about 85 percent of kids who applied.

The Creative Science School blocked 318 students.

Some neighborhood schools aren’t part of the lottery, because they’re too crowded to let in any transfers. Some have room for just a few more.

At Sabin and Irvington schools, that meant just one in ten applicants were admitted for the fall.

Odds were similar for students trying to get into high school-level language immersion programs. 90 percent of students were denied, but that’s because students fell short of the language requirements.

17 Portland Public Schools ­ or about a fifth of the district’s schools — accepted every transfer application.

Those include three high schools: Jefferson, Madison, and Roosevelt.

Number of transfer applications accepted and not accepted by school.

Number of transfer applications accepted and not accepted by school.

For the complete spreadsheet click here.

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