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Franklin, Jefferson & Madison hold info nights

November 21, 2013
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden helped Jefferson Principal Margaret Calvert and Superintendent Carole Smith congratulate Gates Scholar Angeleesha Frierson last spring at the school's Carbon Footprint Fair.

All PPS high schools offer information sessions for prospective freshmen families between now and February. Many schools started with open houses this fall. Next up in December are Franklin, Jefferson and Madison.

Visiting high schools
Schools will also hold sessions in January and/or February. Updates will be posted at www.pps.net  

Families can always access information about any PPS high school by calling the school or checking out their websites.

Featured in PPS Pulse

  • Oct. 29, 6 pm, Roosevelt High School - 8th grade families are welcome to join in the Roosevelt Pumpkin Carving Night at the school - meet Roosevelt families and staff. Information: 503-916-5260; website.
  • Nov. 13, 6 pm to 8 pm, Grant High School - See the school, learn about the program and meet staff and leaders. Information: 503-916-5160; website.
  • Nov. 13, 6:15 pm to 8:15 pm, Wilson High School - Tour the school, learn about the academic program and meet staff and administrators. To schedule a shadow day with a Wilson student, email to whstrojans@gmail.com (On Friday, Oct. 25, at 7 pm at Wilson Field, show your 8th grade ID and get free admission to see Wilson take on Cleveland in football) Information: 503-916-5280; website.
  • Nov. 20, 6 pm to 8 pm, Benson Polytechnic High School - Visit the school and learn about Benson's college-going and career technical program. Information: 503-916-5100; website. (Benson Tech Show will be in February)
  • Dec. 5, 6 pm to 8:30 pm, Franklin High School - Visit the school, meet staff and leaders and learn about the academic program. website.
  • Dec. 11, 6:30 pm to 8 pm, Jefferson High School - MIddle College for Advanced Studies - Visit the school and hear from leaders, staff and students about the middle college program that combines high school classes with courses - free to the student - at Portland Community College-Cascade Campus. website.
  • Dec. 12, 6 pm to 7:30 pm, Madison High School - Come at 5 pm for dinner and Winter Craft Night, stay for the prospective student presentation at 6 pm in the auditorium. 503-916-5220; website

Accessing neighborhood high schools
PPS neighborhood high schools (Cleveland, Franklin, Grant, Lincoln, Madison, Roosevelt and Wilson) draw from their neighborhood attendance areas. All offer a full core academic program, a range of electives and an eight-class schedule to all students.

This year, Madison, Roosevelt and Wilson are expected to have transfer slots available, allowing students in other neighborhoods to apply in the February lottery for a spot at one of these schools. Availability of transfer slots at other high schools is still being worked out and will be announced closer to the transfer cycle.

Neighborhood high schools that do not have transfer slots available can only draw students from their neighborhood attendance area.

Accessing focus high schools
In addition to neighborhood high schools, PPS has two focus high schools that give students the opportunity to experience a specialized program while also participating in sports and clubs.

  • Benson Polytechnic High School, a college-going and premier career technical education high school, is accessed through the school choice lottery in February and students also complete a Benson application.
  • Jefferson High School - Middle College for Advanced Studies, where students can earn as much as two years of college credit at PCC-Cascade while earning their high school diploma at Jefferson, is accessed through the February lottery for students who live outside of the Jefferson attendance area. Students inside the Jefferson attendance area are guaranteed a spot at Jefferson or at a nearby neighborhood high school - Grant, Madison or Roosevelt - determined by the student's address. Students make their choice in the spring.

To look up the neighborhood high school for your address or, in the Jefferson attendance area, to learn your dual high school assignment, go to the PPS Enrollment & Transfer Center's Find Your School page.

To learn more about the School Choice lottery, visit the PPS Enrollment & Transfer Center or call 503-916-3205.

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