Portland Public Schools has a vacant middle school in southeast Portland that could be used for a K-8 Mandarin immersion program. It is the former Joseph Kellogg Middle School, closed in the fall of 2008. It is located at SE 69th and Holgate. It is currently vacant. It was recently considered as a replacement for the fire-damaged Marysville Elementary School. From PPS’s Office of School Modernization memo for the 10/24/11 PPS Board meeting (here, page 6):
Kellogg School was in use as a middle school through the spring of 2007. The school was closed as part of the District’s K-8 configuration process. Since its closure it has been used as an AP testing site, a venue for district continuing education programs and furniture storage.
The school, constructed in 1917, has a total of 90,105 square feet and a Magellan 2009 Modified FCI rating of 78%. The facility contains 39 classrooms, two full sized gymnasiums - one with bleachers and a formal stage, two science labs, a full separate cafeteria and an industrial arts room. Although the school most recently functioned as a middle school, it also once operated as an elementary school and has some facilities to accommodate younger students in the building annex. The annex will require the installation of additional restrooms to allow it to function in comparative fashion to other district elementary facilities. The Kellogg facility allows for enrollment that is at or above the target size of 500 students for a K-8 school.
The report also found that to use it as K-8 school again that: “Basic improvements to the Kellogg School are estimated to cost approximately $2,000,000.”
Other possible PPS spaces for additional Mandarin programs includes the former Smith Elementary School in SW Poortland (here), the underenrolled King and Humboldt elementary schools in NE Portland (here), and the former Edwards elementary in SE Portland (here).