Join us in celebrating the opening of the new school, wellness center, and organic/nutritious food club!

About 3 to PhD

Faubion School, part of Portland Public Schools (PPS), and Concordia University have been neighbors in education for 63 years, sharing 24 adjacent acres in one of Portland’s most diverse and socio-economically challenged communities.

In 2012, Portland voters approved a capital improvement bond which would partially fund the rebuilding of Faubion School. Faubion was the only elementary school slated for rebuild because of the private, nonprofit 3 to PhD partnership with Concordia.

The nation’s first 3 to PhD campus opened in August 2017, serving almost 1,000 PK-8 children, 81% of whom are eligible to receive free and reduced lunch. Concordia’s College of Education is located inside the school, offering Concordia students the opportunity to apply their own coursework and gain real-world experience working in Faubion’s classrooms, and their presence offers Faubion’s students subtle but persistent guidance toward a future that includes a college education.

PPS and CU have contributed the lion’s share of the necessary funds; however, there is a hole in the budget that can only be filled community donations.


Our Faubion construction campaign is fully funded, and we are working to expand 3 to PhD to new communities.

Funding (100%)!!
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Project Overview
Project TypeJoint pre K-8 Public School and College of Education
Location2930 NE Dekum Street, Portland OR 97211
DevelopersPortland Public Schools, Concordia University
3 to PhD PartnersConcordia University, Faubion School, Kaiser Permanente, PPS, Trillium Family Services, basics (formerly Pacific Foods of Oregon)
Community800 students and Faubion School families
Total Project Costs$48.8 million ($33.3m from PPS Capital Bond, $15.5 m from Concordia University)
Project TimelineConstruction started Summer 2015, new school opened August 29, 2017

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