Empowering Emerging Young Artists

We are determined to empower the current generation of young artists by teaching through a lens that demands creative and critical thinking combined with science, technology and entrepreneurial skills.

The unanimous approval by the Portland Public School board in December 2009 reflects the school's strong research-based best practices, among them, credit for proficiency, brain-based learning, arts education, Project Based Learning, career technical education, college and life readiness and real cultural competency. For more information, see Our Approach.

Portland high schools face the same pressing challenges as schools in other major cities across the United States. According to the Portland Public Schools, only 57% of students who entered 9th grade in 2000 went on to graduate. Only 25% of high
school graduates obtain degrees within five years! 

REAL Prep Charter Academy will begin to break down the educational failure cycle that has been limiting students for years by using a credit for proficiency model for class work, project based learning and graduation.

Credit for Proficiency provides students the opportunity to earn graduation credits within Oregon’s standards-based system by demonstrating what they know and can do. Students may demonstrate proficiency through classroom work or documentation of learning experiences outside of school, or through a combination of these means.

Policies to award credit for proficiency are created and implemented by local school districts in accordance with OAR 581-022-1131.

REAL Prep has enlisted the guidance of the Business Education Compact (BEC) to insure that all work is aligned with Oregon State guidelines for Credit for Proficiency and Career Technical Education criteria.

In order to be proficient at REAL Prep, students will;

  1. Practice accountability to self and others

  2. Demonstrate quality thinking and work habits that lead to success in a learning environment, internships and employment (time management, planning skills, organization, team work/collaboration, problem-solving, etc.)

  3. Design and attempt multiple solutions to a problem

  4. Interact with adults and other students in ways that value individual choice and culture

  5. Connect industry standards to content learning through projects and experiences

  6. Identify and use knowledge of their own learning preferences in defining projects and activities.

  7. Reflect proficient level of knowledge and skills through effective communication

  8. Use knowledge of benchmarks, SAT, and post-secondary institution requirements to inform “next step” choices

  9. Engage in learning with a commitment to quality and self improvement

  10. Establish connections with global partners to improve student learning and reinforce work place expectations

  11. Take risks to improve learning and promote self discovery


Students at REAL Prep will demonstrate proficiency in all coursework.  The proficiency level defined by course rubrics will be set at the “B” level.  All instructors, both licensed and industry specialists, will establish a strong and available set of interventions that all students can access to improve knowledge and skills in areas where they are not proficient. 

The reporting scale is:
A = Mastery
B = Proficient
I = In progress to reaching proficiency

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