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

Bus Schedules and School Meals

Bus Schedules: View bus schedules. Questions? PPS Student Transportation (503) 916-6901.

School Meals: Apply now for free or reduced-price school meals.

Upcoming Events

August 20 - Registration for Classes 2016-2017 (1:00 PM-4:00 PM in the small gym)

August 21 - Registration for Classes 2018-2019 (1:00 PM-4:00 PM in the small gym)

August 27 - First Day of School 

September 4 - Class Meetings/ AM Assembly Schedule

September 7 - Labor Day/ No School

September 9 - PTSA Meeting (7:00 PM-8:00 PM in the cafeteria)

September 11 - Student Government Petitions Due

September 16 - Middle College Family Night Information (6:30 PM in the Jefferson High School Library)

September 18 - Last Day for Schedule Changes

September 18 - Freshman Field Trip to PCC

September 21 - Picture Retakes

September 21 - Site Council Meeting (5:30 PM-7:00 PM in the Principal's Conference Room)

September 24 - Open House: Welcome to Jefferson. Come meet the staff and administration! (6:30 PM-8:00 PM in the Cafeteria)  

September 24 - SEI Freshman Parent Night (5:00 PM-6:00 PM in the Community Room)

September 25 - Last Day to Drop Classes at PCC

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

Join campaign to reconnect students

August 20, 2015
The Fifth Annual Reconnection Door-Knocking Campaign is Saturday, Sept. 12, from 8:30 am to 1 pm to help get students who have left school reconnected.

PPS Board to explore renovating Roosevelt shop building into career-learning space

August 06, 2015

The Portland School Board on Aug. 4 directed PPS staff to examine whether an old, free-standing, automotive shop on the Roosevelt High School campus could be remodeled into career-learning space at some point in the future. 


Board takes action on Benson enrollment; compensation audit

July 29, 2015
The Portland Public Schools Board. The Portland Public Schools Board of Directors approved a resolution which directs Superintendent Carole Smith to develop a two-year phased in plan including the feasibility of lifting the enrollment cap at Benson Polytechnic High School and bring it back to the board by Jan. 1, 2016. The board unanimously approved the resolution, 7-0. 


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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