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Portland Metro Area Schools – Private, Public, and Higher Education

Whether you’re looking for prestigious private schools or high performing public schools, we’re sure you’ll find a school that meets your needs in the Portland Metro area. We’ve compiled a quick overview of the public, private, and higher education options below.


There are 39 public school districts in the broader Portland Metro area, with 72% of the districts receiving either an A or B rating for Academics on Niche.

The Oregon Department of Education has a directory of At-A-Glance Profiles and Accountability Details for interested parties to search key data points – like demographics, graduation rates, and staff – for districts and schools.


There are over 200 private schools in the Portland Metro, offering prospective students a range of educational approaches, religious affiliations, cultural focuses, and standards to choose from. An estimated 14% of Portland students attend a private school. 


Niche is a great online resource for viewing up-to-date school and district rankings. Ratings are based on a rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. We’ve highlighted the top rated private and public schools and districts below, but be sure and scroll through the full school rankings and district rankings.

Top 3 Private Schools

#1 Catlin Gabel School

#2 Oregon Episcopal School

#3 Jesuit High School

Top 3 Public High Schools

#1 School of Science & Technology

#2 Lake Oswego Senior High School

#3 West Linn High School

Top 3 Portland Metro School Districts

#1 Lake Oswego School district

#2 West Linn-Wilsonville School District

#3 Riverdale School District 

In 2019, The Oregon Department of Education released ratings for every Oregon public school. The ratings are based on students’ scores on state tests, attendance records, and for high schools, how many freshmen are on track to graduate, plus the four or five year graduation rate. You can sort through the results here.


There are over a dozen colleges and universities in the Portland Metro area. Some of the most renowned campuses include:

  • Reed College
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • University of Portland
  • Portland State University
  • Oregon Health and Science University
  • Pacific University


Outside the Portland Metro area you’ll find a variety of colleges and universities. The largest higher education institutions in Oregon include the University of Oregon (Eugene), Oregon State University (Corvallis), Southern Oregon University (Ashland), Eastern Oregon University (La Grande), and the Oregon Institute of Technology (Klamath Falls).