to the Portland Lutheran School website.  We take pride in teaching our students a Christ-centered education.  Since 1905 Portland Lutheran has placed equal emphasis on teaching a Christ-centered education and enabling students to become self-thinkers, leaders, and community-minded individuals. Students achieve this through a rigorous curriculum taught by caring teachers who challenge them to transform the world using their individual gifts.

Our new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program helps students to think beyond the classroom and prepare for schools beyond high school and the workplace.  We look forward to scheduling a visit for you where you can see firsthand how we are making the difference with every student in a nurturing setting.  Our campus and staff welcome you and look forward to showing how our approach to teaching will guide your students with faith, values and achievement into their future.

The PLS Difference

Portland Lutheran is academically rigorous and engaging with programs that inspire creativity, critical thinking, faith, and values to help build a foundation for achievement.

PLS Testimonials

  • Taylor and I, Clara (Robins) Brandt, met at Portland Lutheran High School. He was a third-generation attendee and I was from a family who had recently joined the fold of Lutheran education. Aside from finding each other and eventually getting married, I think we both made two general gains from attending PL: we grew in our faith and we grew in our scholarship. As incoming college freshmen, we were worried about how prepared we were for the challenges we would face. Midway through our first semester, however, our views had changed and we kept thinking about how unprepared our fellow students were. Many of our new friends struggled with the workload and the high expectations of college professors. While some had difficulties writing essays, we found we could re-use essays we had written in the 9th grade. Others lacked perseverance, and were unable to complete lengthy math or science assignments. Thanks to four years of both math and science at Portland Lutheran, we remained unfazed. Farther into college, we noticed how much we missed attending weekday chapel services. We attended Sunday services at Valparaiso University’s Chapel of the Resurrection like clockwork, but couldn’t fit the daily chapel services into our schedule and it wasn’t enough. I became involved in a vocational program for my teaching, and both Taylor and I became acolytes and assistant ministers for the Chapel. Still unsatisfied, we began using some of our elective credits for theology classes. Again, we were among the most prepared students in our classes. Ultimately, we both graduated summa cum laude and joined the workforce. Taylor is a mechanical engineer for the Department of Defense and I teach at public high school serving under-privileged children. After a few years of teaching, I have realized that one facet of my faith explains why I teach at a “hard” school: agape, a word I learned in 10th grade theology. I feel Christian love for my students, so that no matter what happens or how they act, I have the perfect reason to continue something I enjoyed so much at PL – school. -- In Christ, Taylor & Clara Brandt    
    Taylor & Clara Brandt
  • PLS has offered me an incredibly personal experience and a wide range of opportunities. The small, collaborative environment allows for growth and exploration, both in academics and extra-curriculars, in which students can experience subjects and activities outside their comfort zone. In my sophomore year I joined the dance team, something that I had never thought I would have the confidence to do. With the support of my coach, I over- came my fear and nervousness and continued with dance for the next three years. I believe that every student has had this kind of experience at PLS. PLS is also a place where students can build strong relationships with their teachers and fellow students. Through the years, I’ve gained mentors and friends. I am well equipped for an academically intense college and, most importantly, have gained the self-confidence to try new things as I go out into the world. Olivia was a member of the Commended Student-2014 National Merit Scholarship Program and received the Oregon Dance & Drill Coaches Association academic dance scholarship.
    Oliva Nyberg
    Olivia Nyberg, 2014
  • I thought you might want to know that the environmental science course I took at PLS was just evaluated to be equivalent to a 200-level biology course focusing on conservation and human-environment-technology interactions at Valparaiso University. The course fulfills a requirement for my concentration in science for my middle level education license. So, thank you very much.
    Clara Robins, 2009
  • I was a student at Portland Lutheran since kindergarten, and it practically became my second home. I thoroughly enjoyed spending thirteen years of my life there and wouldn’t trade it for anything. The small class sizes are ideal and the teachers care about each and every student. They provide a high quality education that produces caring, intelligent students that helps them succeed in life. But we were also taught things that allowed us to grow in our Christian faith and were given the opportunity to go and make a difference in the world.
    Kaitlyn Howard
    Kaitlin Howard,2014

Auction March 14th, 2015

Call for Volunteers and Donation of Items for the PLS 33rd Annual Dinner Auction!

Portland Lutheran’s 33rd annual benefit dinner auction and Hall of Fame inductees ceremony is just around the corner. The McMenamins Edgefield Ballroom has been book for March, 14th with the doors opening at 6 pm. Read More

Celebrating 110 years in 2015

Save the Date and Celebrate With Portland Lutheran School, Concordia University, and Trinity Lutheran Church & School – September 11-13, 2015 .

Trinity Lutheran Church and School will mark 125 years with Concordia University and Portland Lutheran School will both be celebrating an anniversary of 110 years of excellence. Read More

STEM: Project Lead the Way

Portland Lutheran Teacher Receives Grant for Engineering Program

Kieffer Tarbell, science teacher at Portland Lutheran High School, is the recipient of a 2014 M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust grant through the Partners in Science Supplemental Award Program. Mr. Tarbell’s grant is one of 12 recently awarded, each worth $7,000. Read More

Portland Lutheran School Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit® Scholarship Program

Daniel BarnesIan LortzbranchesPrincipal, Kara Kaufman, of Portland Lutheran School announced October 13, 2014 that Daniel Barnes and Ian Lortz had been named Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.  A Letter of Commendation from Portland Lutheran School and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, was be presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors.

About 34,000 Commended Students thoughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.  Although they will not continue the 2015 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2015 competition by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC.  “These students represent a valuable resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation.  We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

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