Alice Ott again a Breakthrough School

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Alice Ott Middle School has again been named a national Breakthrough School.

Alice Ott joins 26 middle level and high schools redesignated as one of the National Association of Secondary School Principals’ (NASSP) 2017 Breakthrough Schools. NASSP recently evaluated each of these schools, originally recognized between 2011 and 2014, and determined that they have sustained their student achievement rates since their initial recognition.

Established in 2007, NASSP’s Breakthrough Schools program recognizes middle level and high schools that serve large numbers of students in poverty and are high achieving or demonstrate dramatically improving student achievement. Schools are selected based on documented success in implementing strategies aligned with the three core areas of Breaking Ranks II, including collaborative leadership; personalization; and curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

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Alice Ott is proud to be honored for the improvements the school continues to make. The most notable in the past several years include being named a National Breakthrough School, National Distinguished Title I School and a four-time Oregon Model School. Alice Ott staff was also featured in the book- Five Critical Leadership Practices: The Secret to High-Performing Schools. (2/16)

About Alice Ott
Alice Ott is a high poverty school located in Southeast Portland. AOMS is part of the David Douglas School District, which is among the highest poverty and most diverse districts in the state of Oregon. Alice Ott has approximately 66% free and reduced lunch. The enrollment of 722 students is a diverse population, with 17.5% Hispanic, 6% African American, 14.8% Asian, and 54.4% White, which includes a large Russian/Ukrainian population. In addition, AOMS has approximately 12.4% Special Education students, 23.7% ESL/LEP population, and 27 different languages represented.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and voice for school principals, assistant principals, and school leaders from across the United States. The association connects and engages school leaders through advocacy, research, education, and student programs. NASSP advocates on behalf of all school leaders to ensure the success of each student and strengthens school leadership practices through the design and delivery of high-quality professional learning experiences. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils.