The school is on its original 1950s site, but the front entry has a new address: 2930 N.E. Dekum St.
The educational model, “3 to PhD,” brings in social and health services for Faubion students and families as well as classroom assistance from Concordia’s College of Education, which provides student teachers, tutors and mentors.
At an opening ceremony in late August shortly before classes began, state Sen. Lew Frederick (D-Portland) said educators have known for years that the “wrap-around” services of counseling, health care and mentorship, with parental involvement, lead to students’ educational success.
“This idea works,” he said. “It’s not an experiment.”
Nevertheless, few districts have funding for the services offered at Faubion, where the school principal and a college official crossed the street separating their campuses in 2007 and developed the program they see as beneficial for their respective students.
Principal LaShawn Lee retired in 2016 but returned for the opening ceremony of the school she helped develop. The 138,827 square-foot, three-story building includes space for Concordia’s education college, an early childhood education center, a Kaiser Permanente wellness center, the Trillium Family Services mental and behavioral health office and a food club and pantry.
The $48 million building, meeting a LEED Gold standard using solar energy, was funded from a 2012 voter-approved bond with Concordia’s assistance. Students had classes in the Tubman School building while Faubion was rebuilt between fall 2015 and spring 2017.
In June, many wrote letters to the new building, expressing their hopes for the new Faubion. Second-grader Penny wrote: “I think I will have a wonderful time in your new Faubion. I love that you are so big. I also love the new playground. I think I will play in it all the time. Love, Penny.”