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Hello Deering Class of 2028!

Welcome to the Ramily! We are honored that you’ve chosen to spend your high school years here at Deering, and we look forward to meeting you.

Deering is a place where students of diverse backgrounds get along with each other and get things done together. You will grow as a scholar and as a human being here. That’s why we say, All One School, Learning Together: That’s The Deering Difference.

Over the final semester of your eighth grade year, teachers and counselors will work with you to create your course schedule for next year. Your courses will help you learn how to read, write, and discuss at high school level. A typical ninth grade courseload is:

  • English I (With an embedded Honors option)
  • AP Human Geography (Yes, you can do it!)
  • Environmental Science (With an embedded Honors option)
  • Math (Either Algebra I or Accelerated Math I)
  • Electives such as Art, Music, Computer Science Principles, Physical Education, Spanish, French, Arabic, or Mandarin Chinese.

If you are interested in joining one of our fifty Co-Curricular Clubs or one of our fantastic Athletic Teams, please visit  To sign up for a DHS sports team, please click on the ‘Athletics Registration’ link on the site (after May 31st). For current Athletic Team schedules, click on the ‘Calendar’ link (at top), and if you want some sweet Deering swag, click on ‘Shop.’.  If you have further questions, feel free to call the Athletic/Co-Curricular Office.

If you are eager to start learning more about Deering, check out our website at There you will find a family handbook, course catalog, bell schedule, calendar, news items, and connections to our social media accounts.

This summer, we will invite you to a Ninth-Grade Open House in the days before school starts. At this event,you will have a chance to meet administrators and teachers, tour your new classrooms, eat ice cream, and win some new Deering swag!  Stay tuned for more information.

We are so excited you are joining Deering’s Class of 2028.  We can’t wait to show you all the opportunities we have, to watch you shine, and to see the ways in which you will leave your positive mark on our school community.

Have a great semester. See you soon!
Your Team at Deering

High School Assignment Letter

Dear Student and Family,

We are writing to let you know that you have been assigned to high school as a member of the Class of 2028! We look forward to supporting you as you get ready to enter high school. Attached to this letter, you will find a welcome letter from your high school with information about the transition and what to expect before school starts this fall.

If you are currently enrolled in the Portland Public Schools, you do not need to do anything in order to accept your assignment. If you are not currently enrolled in the Portland Public Schools, you will need to complete the registration process. More information can be found on the Enrollment page on our website. 

As a reminder, your assignment is for the duration of the coming school year. Transfers between high schools will not be considered until after the completion of ninth grade.

If you would like to appeal your assignment, please click here for consideration. Appeals will only be considered if there is space at the requested school and at least one of the following criteria are met: 

  • You are a child of a staff member at the requested school.
  • You are a sibling of another student already enrolled in the requested school.
  • You have documented issues of safety or harassment related to the school assignment.
  • You are a child of any PPS staff member.

We look forward to partnering with you and your family as you begin your journey through high school to graduate prepared and empowered for college and career.

Aaron Townsend
Deputy Superintendent