Our School

    “Higher than the highest human thought can reach is God’s ideal for His children.” -E. G. White.


“… PAES supports our students with love, praying for them and contributes [to] their needs in any situation. I have realized incredible results with my kids that because their Christian principles works together with our family’s principles in different ways: social, academic, spiritual and personal. I confidently recommend PAES because academic Christian education makes big difference in our world today!!!” -Yelp review

PAES was founded in 1885 by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and has served the Portland area continuously since that time. In 1974 PAES was built at its present location in west Gresham on eighteen acres, nestled in a quiet neighborhood. Our campus includes a large one-story school building with a gymnasium, multiple sports fields, a school garden and a generous playground.

PAES serves a diverse population and welcomes students of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds who desire an opportunity to have Christ and the teachings of the Bible as part of their education. The blended Christian environment of our school is one of our strengths. We are committed to lifting up each student as a special child of God.

Our Core Values

We are just as committed to teaching academic excellence as we are to teaching character through our school’s core values, The 5 C’s.

The 5 C’s are: Caring, Cooperation, Courage, Courtesy and Common Sense.

Embraced school wide, these core values help us to create an environment throughout campus that allows students to grow in confidence and with a sense of responsibility to their community.

The 5 C’s help guide our behavior as we strive to be a reflection of Christ in all that we say and do. Students are recognized and acknowledged for modeling The 5 C’s.

Our Mission
PAES exists to be a light in our community and to unlock the potential of every child.
Our Vision
Our students are known for their reflection of Christ’s character through their commitment to service, their strong work ethic and their ability and willingness to step up and lead in a diverse and changing world.

Our teachers are committed to ensuring every student’s success through the use of innovative, engaging instruction using best practices that will meet the varying social, emotional and academic needs of today’s learner; nurturing and loving each child as demonstrated through Christ’s example.

Our school families are known for their commitment to the success of all children as well as their partnership and involvement with our learning community.

School Board

PAES is governed by a Board of Directors whose members are appointed by thirteen Seventh-day Adventist churches in the greater Portland and Gresham area. Each of these churches give financial support to the school. 

Board meetings are held at PAES on the 3rd Monday of each month at 7pm. Board meetings are open to the entire school community, with the exception of executive sessions.

NOTE: If planning to attend, call the school office at: 503-665-4102 to confirm meeting schedule. 

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Please use this form and contact us. We invite you to schedule a tour, meet with the principal and learn more about our school. We are excited to meet you!

Portland Adventist Elementary School admits students of any race to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school and make no discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnic background, country of origin, or gender in the administration of education policies, applications for admission, scholarship or loan programs and extracurricular programs.

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Kindergarten – 5th Grade

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6th – 8th Grade

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