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Our History

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Portland Adult Education History

PAE started in 1848 with a $120.00 budget to provide instruction in reading, spelling, writing, arithmetic and government.  60 students were enrolled and instruction was provided by volunteer teachers.  


In 1924 enrollment blossomed to over 1,200 students with 27 different nationalities represented. Teachers were paid $1.50 an hour.


PAE staff was honored in 1994 by receiving the Secretary of the US Department of Education’s award as one of the top 10 “Outstanding Adult Education and Literacy Programs” in the country.


In 1991, with an operating budget of $1.1 million, over 6,000 students took advantage of educational and job training opportunities at PAE.  400 of those students came from 64 other countries.  


Now in 2016 - 2017 with a budget of over 2 million and the largest enrollment of any school within Portland Public Schools, we teach over 4,000 students in classes that run in four blocks from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Our immigrant population is presently at 1800 students.