Heading to High School

Getting to know your high school helps insure a successful transition. PPS has two focus high schools with specialized programs and seven neighborhood high schools. All nine schools offer sports and activities.


All neighborhood high schools offer an eight-course schedule with a full core academic program, support and advanced classes and a range of electives.
Students interested in a focus school or another neighborhood school must apply in the school choice lottery. Students may only apply to other neighborhood schools that have transfer slots. Slots are announced in the winter on the School Choice webpage.

Eighth Grade Information Nights
Location Address Phone Date and time
Cleveland 3400 S.E. 26th Ave. 503-916-5120 Feb. 6, 7-9 pm.
Franklin 5405 S.E. Woodward St. 503-916-5140 Dec. 5, 6-8:30 pm
Grant 2245 N.E. 36th Ave. 503-916-5160 Jan. 14, 8:30 am; Feb. 19, 8:30 am
Lincoln 1600 S.W. Salmon St. 503-916-5200 Feb. 6, 6 pm
Madison 2735 N.E. 82nd 503-916-5220 Dec. 12, 6 pm; Jan. 16, 6-7pm; Feb. 4, 6-7 pm           
Roosevelt 6941 N. Central St. 503-916-5260 Jan. 28 (Basketball v. Madison), March 13 (Theater Night) Program starts at 6 pm.
Wilson 1151 S.W. Vermont St. 503-916-5280 Feb. 13, 6:15 pm. Email whstrojans@gmail.com or call the school to schedule a shadow day or a tour.



Focus high schools offer a specialized program and also offer afterschool sports and activities.

Benson Polytechnic High School or Benson High School Student Created Site

Benson combines rigorous academics with career and technical education in high-demand career areas. Students learn to do a job and handle themselves in a workplace.

Admission: 8th-graders district-wide may apply. Limited slots for 10th grade.

Jefferson High School – Middle College for Advanced Studies

Jefferson students take classes at Jefferson and also earn up to a year or more of college credit at Portland Community College – Cascade Campus, free to the student. Self Enhancement Inc. provides mentoring, tutoring and social support. Eligible Jefferson graduates receive a full tuition scholarship to complete college at Oregon’s largest universities including UO, OSU and PSU.

Admission: 8th graders district-wide may apply. Jefferson area students can choose Jefferson or a neighborhood high school assigned by address. They must formalize their choice with their school counselor by Feb. 28. Non-Jefferson area students must apply in the lottery.


Eighth Grade Information Nights

Location Address Phone Date and time
Benson Polytechnic High School
(additional application required)
546 N.E. 12th Ave. 503-916-5100 Jan. 28-29, shadow days; Feb. 5, 6-7:30 pm, enrollment night; Feb. 13-14, Tech Show
Jefferson High School - Middle College for Advanced Studies 5210 N. Kerby Ave. 503-916-5180 Dec. 11, Jan. 15, Jan. 29, Feb. 12 6:30-8 pm; Tour: Jan. 16