Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Jefferson High School

Middle College for Advanced Studies

School of Champions

5210 N Kerby | Portland, OR 97217
Phone: (503) 916-5180 | Fax: (503) 916-2698

Successful Schools Survey Extended Through March 6

Successful Schools Survey: Thanks to the thousands of parents who have taken the survey! Online at www.oregonskitchentable.org or download PDF, print and return to your school office: EnglishEspañolTiếng ViệtРусский中文 , SoomaaligaRead more. Student and staff surveys now underway. Staff: See PPS Inside banner for links.

Upcoming Events

February 16 - President's Day - NO SCHOOL!       

February 17 - JHS Site Council - Principal's Conference Room 5:30-7PM

February 18 - Middle College Information Night - Library 6:30-8PM

February 20 - Credit Recovery Saturday School Begins 9AM-12PM

February 23-24 - Half Day - Professional Development in the Afternoon

February 27 - Last day to withdraw from PCC Winter Term Classes

March 5 - Rose Festival Assembly Day - Reps give Speeches

March 11 - PTSA Meeting - Community Room 7-8:30PM

March 11 - Rose Festival Announcement - Auditorium 3:15PM

March 12-15 - OSAA Basketball Tournament - Chiles Center, University of Portland

March 16 - Site Council - Principal's Conference Room 5:30-7PM

March 23-27 - SPRING BREAK!

Smarter Balanced Testing Information

This year, Portland Public Schools is replacing the OAKS test in reading and math with the new Smarter Balanced Assessment. Key Facts about this assessment can be found at the following links:

Smarter Balanced Key Facts Sheet: English | 中文 | Русский | Español | Tiếng Việt | Soomaaliga

Parents are also invited to take a practice Smarter Balanced test with their student: http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test

Health Information

Please read the attached notice from our school health staff regarding a recent case of Pertussis (Whooping Cough) at Jefferson High School.

Pertussis Letter - English - Pertussis Letter - Spanish - Pertussis Letter - Russian

School News & Announcements


Jefferson High School – Middle College for Advanced Studies offers a full high school experience combined with college courses at Portland Community College, free to students, and social supports from Self Enhancement Inc. Students earn a year or more of college credit while earning their high school diploma. Credit- and income-eligible Jefferson graduates receive a full tuition scholarship to University of Oregon to complete a bachelor's degree. Read more [English] [Español] [ 中文] [Русский] [Soomaaliga] [Tiếng Việt]

"We're building bridges for students as they make the transition from middle school to high school and high school to college. With the help of our partners, Self Enhancement Inc. and Portland Community College, we travel with them every step of the way."
- Margaret Calvert, Principal



“Jefferson's program just takes me one step ahead of other high school students. It expands my education and academic level."

- Robel Haile, Class of 2012, now at UO

Jefferson Students Feel Right at Home at PCC 

Read the article here

Message from the Principal

January 30, 2015

Dear Jefferson Families,

We have reached the halfway point of school year! Our students and staff have been working to wrap up the first semester. The process of completion is critical to success of our students as they begin to manage time and studies. The two days of finals were quite intense as our students pulled together the threads of their learning over the past four months. Report cards will be sent by February 6 and you should be receiving them by the 12th. Please contact us if you do not receive one in the mail.

Earlier this week the Oregon Department of Education released graduation data for the Class of 2014. Both the state and Portland Public Schools overall saw a 3 percent increase in graduation rates to 72% and 70% respectively. At Jefferson our rate remained essentially flat at 66% (Class of 2013 graduation rate was 67%). Although we have seen steady progress over the past three years as our graduation rate has improved 11% from 55%; we remain committed to our goal of outperforming the district and state overall. We focus our efforts to provide on-time support for students in their classes as well as outside the school day to keep all of our students progressing toward graduation. We believe that we will see growth as our staff continues to deepen their collaboration and as we tighten our alignment with our partners at Portland Community College and Self Enhancement, Incorporated.

In the coming weeks there are many chances to offer input and to connect with our community. As I mentioned last month you have the opportunity to give us feedback and input in the Successful Schools Survey. It is a school climate survey that is being administered across all schools in the district. Students, families and staff will complete the confidential survey. At the high school level our tenth grade students will have the opportunity to offer their voice. The survey will be open to families from January 20 through February 28 through the following website: www.oregonskitchentable.org. We encourage all families to respond. Your voices matter, we look forward to hearing from you.

We are excited to work with our cluster schools and the Office of School and Family Partnerships to offer a series of workshops focused on the impact race has on our students. These Beyond Diversity sessions will be held on six Wednesdays starting February 25th from 6-8 PM in the cafeteria here at Jefferson. We hope that families will join together in rich conversations about how schools serve students of all races and how we can disrupt the predictable difference in student achievement based on race. Participants will practice viewing situations from different perspectives and use protocols to move beyond the surface of racial conversations. These are a portion of the frameworks and protocols that we use with our staff and students to examine how race plays out in our classrooms. We look forward to coming together to strengthen our community and hope you will join us. You can contact Vice Principal Ricky Allen for more information at rallen2@pps.net or 503.916.5180 ext. 71307.

As always we thank you for your support and partnership.

Margaret Calvert, Principal

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PPS News

PPS announces opening of first bond-funded elevators plus 27 more school projects

March 03, 2015
Event to announce a new elevator at James John School.

Portland Public Schools invites the media to attend the announcement of the next group of 27 schools that will receive improvements and upgrades this summer. 


Celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday

March 02, 2015
Timber Joey charmed Llewellyn students with his reading of a Dr. Seuss classic. Schools across the district celebrated the national Read Across America day on March 2, Dr. Seuss' birthday, with special guests and activities. At Jason Lee School, the day launched a school-wide readathon.


Buckman art show celebrates 25th year

February 27, 2015
The 25th annual Buckman Art Show & Sell is March 7-8, 2015. The beloved Southeast Portland tradition, the Buckman Art Show & Sell, returns March 7-8. 


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Jefferson Class of 2010

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Michael Nelson

"Students who don't see themselves as going to college realize the possibilities through the Middle College program. I earned 24 credits and started college as a sophomore."

~ Michael Nelson, Jefferson Class of 2010