The Multilingual & Multicultural Center oversees language acquisition for K-12 language learners in Portland Public Schools who are learning English and those who are learning a world language such as Arabic, French, Latin, Mandarin, and Spanish. In promoting the district as a world language powerhouse and advancing our students’ acquisition of English and other world languages, we help advance the district’s vision of all learners to be fully prepared and to be successful in a diverse and ever-changing world.

Our Programs

We oversee English Language Development, World Language, registration for multilingual students, summer school programming, and Make It Happen! We also provide professional development for educators and language access services for families needing translation and/or interpretation.



The Multilingual & Multicultural Center is always in need of volunteers for the office, summer school, Make It Happen!, and community building events. We hope you will consider offering some of your time and talents to us. Check out our latest opportunities and fill out an application today!



The Multilingual & Multicultural Center seeks private funding to sustain and expand our extended learning programs for English language learners and to support community building events. We provide numerous ways for you to donate. Your support is greatly appreciated!


What's Happening

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PEF Grant
As we ramp up for Back to School, we are so excited to welcome back all of our teachers! Their commitment to educating our children is so commendable. We especially want to welcome our returning and new ELL teachers. We know how busy you are, but don't miss out on the opportunity to apply for a Portland Education Foundation grant! Visit their website for more information
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I Made It Happen! celebration recognizes multilingual students' academic success
On May 18th, we celebrated the achievements of the graduating seniors in our Make It Happen! program with the I Made It Happen! Celebration. The 83 graduating seniors come from countries all over the world and, as a group, speak over 20 different languages. They were recognized for their academic success and told their stories.
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