December 2 is Special Education Day

December 2 is Special Education Day, which marks the anniversary of the nation’s first federal special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which was signed by President Gerald Ford on December 2, 1975. This law ensures students with a disability receive a Free Appropriate Public Education tailored to their…

Congrats Grow Your Own Graduates!

This year, we have the opportunity to celebrate two of our Grow Your Own Program (GYO) graduates, Ms. Dee Dee Bradley & Rob Harris! Ms. Dee Dee and Rob have been long time David Douglas employees. On Saturday, December 9th, Ms. Dee Dee will receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Education, and Rob…

Fall 2023 YouthTruth Survey

As we do every year, we are asking our families to complete our annual YouthTruth family survey. Our schools have emailed our families with an invitation and a link to complete the survey.  This anonymous survey is critically important to us. It tells us how our schools and the District are performing…

Elementary and Fir Ridge Campus Fall Conferences

Conferences provide an opportunity for families and teachers to connect and discuss students’ strengths, academic progress, social development, and overall performance in school.  David Douglas School District values interpersonal relationships, family engagement, and collaboration. Conferences allow us to build relationships between our families, teachers, and school staff.  We are committed to collaborating…

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

October 9th, 2023 David Douglas School District is proud to recognize the thriving Native American community in Portland. We celebrate and amplify Indigenous Peoples’ Day, October 9. This day allows us to reflect on our work and how we can continue acknowledging the history that has made us who we are.  Our…

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Celebrating Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month

It’s National Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month! We are excited to recognize our amazing Latinx/Hispanic community and invite you to join in the celebration. The David Douglas School District will celebrate and honor the legacy of Latinx Americans during Latinx/Hispanic Heritage recognition month. Spanish is the home language for approximately 1500 students’ in DDSD. Our most recent…

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Cherry Park Ranked Top Elementary School

Our Cherry Park Elementary School has been ranked number two among the top 25 Portland-Area Public Elementary Schools.  The ranking takes student and parent surveys, school district quality, culture, diversity factors, and data from the U.S. Department of Education, per the Portland Business Journal. Please visit the Journal’s website to read the…

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2023-24 Back-to-School Information

Welcome to the 2023-24 school year! Our staff is hard at work preparing to welcome students back to school. As your family settles into the new school year, this information below may be helpful. First Week Schedule The first week of school begins September 5, 2023. But the first day will vary…

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2023-24: First Week of School Schedule

The first week of school begins September 5, 2023. But the first day will vary for students, due to a gradual entry schedule. To view the full 2023-24 school year calendars by grade level, visit the calendars webpage. Tuesday, September 5 David Douglas High School Freshman only Fir Ridge All students begin…