We think the middle school years are incredibly important and shouldn’t be overlooked.
∙We're a parent-driven 501(c)(3) nonprofit supporting 6th, 7th & 8th grade students at our local, public middle school. Our fundraising directly reduces class sizes & preserves the important electives kids count on each year: arts, languages, technology, library, music.
∙Despite statewide budget cuts, we believe a strong public school system is important for our city & world. Our school serves 1,000 kids as the largest middle school in PDX offering a Spanish Immersion and English program.
∙We count on parents, local businesses, volunteer hours and our greater community to support of our students. Each year we make a substantial financial commitment to the West Sylvan Middle School staff and principal based on projections, curriculum goals and threat of budget cuts specific to our school.
∙ In the 2019/2020 school year, our foundation proudly supported facilitating the transition of West Sylvan to an accredited Middle Years International Baccalaureate Program . This is a long process and we are excited for and proud of our students and staff.
∙ History: The West Sylvan Foundation was formed in 1994 by a group of Portland parents wanting to support middle school students in a time of financial crisis. Budget cuts following passage of Measure 5 created financial challenges for Portland Public Schools and thanks to their vision, the West Sylvan Foundation continues to provide funds to help reduce class size and provide for a wider range of electives.