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What a dizzying experience this has been! Every decision in regards to our response to COVID-19 has been made with thoughtful consideration for the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff. This decision is no exception.  Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Park Academy moved to a limited distance learning program and our physical campus is temporarily closed.  We are available via phone […]
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As we settle into the second semester, everything appears to be continuing as normal in Dr. Mart’s 5th period pre-calculus class: students are deeply engaged in the work and exchange of ideas! But yesterday, the students went online and enrolled in Portland Community College (PCC) and that is not where these seniors will be attending next year.  Welcome to Park […]
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Park Academy senior, Karen Kobrinsky, was recently recognized as a scholar by the National Hispanic Recognition Program.  The initial pool of candidates is made up of Hispanic/Lantinx students who score in the top 2.5% nationally on PSAT in their junior year.  Students have to submit an application and have an accumulated 3.5 GPA to be considered as a Scholar. The […]
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This past summer, three Park Academy high school students participated in the Northwest Youth Service Corp.  Each of them was sent to various locations along the Pacific Northwest to help remove invasive species, build trails and remove undergrowth/brush.  This is HARD work.  Their time in the woods ranged from 4-6 weeks with 8-12 youth from all over the Northwest.  This […]
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We agree 10,000% with Mr. Franklin!  When our students have the hands on materials they need to learn, they thrive AND their lives are transformed. “Having access to things like headphones allows me to listen to music while I’m working which helps me center my thoughts.”  Seventh grade student “Writing is hard for me and at my old school no […]
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The class of 2020 is our second largest graduating class in Park Academy’s history.  We are pleased to highlight one of our ten seniors, Dmitry. Dmitry joined Park Academy as a Freshman.  While his dyslexia has impacted his learning, it has in no way stopped him. Dmitry is drawn to the Arts, specifically drumming and music composition. A talented percussionist […]
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This year the Class of 2019 consisted of four seniors. We are so very proud of these young people and look forward to what the future holds for them.  Welcome to the Park Academy Alumni-stay in touch! Tyler Anderson  Tyler started at Park Academy in the 6th grade. Coming from a large, public school with hundreds of students, he remembers […]
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The International Dyslexia Association annual conference is coming to Portland on November 7th through the 10th, 2019. It’s kind of a “big deal” for Portland and for Park Academy! This past October I attended my fourth IDA conference in Connecticut and Mary Mollway was able to attend her first. Approximately 2,500 professionals and parents from across the country attend the event. […]
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Multi sensory teaching is an essential piece of our students’ education at Park Academy. When given the opportunity to make connections between the visual, auditory, and tactile pathways, our students THRIVE. “The blocks help me understand the numbers in my math problem.  They help me more than just the writing on the page, plus it is fun!” – Third grade student “Sometimes […]
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Reading is not something our brains are born to do. Although we have an innate ability to hear sounds and see images, for our ancestors these skills were used to find food and watch out for potential danger. Writing itself is a manmade convention; our brains are not hard-wired to either create written word or decode it. These are learned […]
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