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

Upcoming Events

Jefferson Parent/Guardian Survey

This year as part of our accreditation process, we need to have at least 100 parents/guardians respond to this survey. Please help us reach our goal! Your participation will inform our work here at Jefferson. Thanks! Go Demos! -Margaret Calvert, Principal and Kara Mortimer, Vice Principal and Middle College Director

Please Complete by Friday, Nov. 14: http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/6006988

November 12 - PTSA Meeting - Community Room 7-8:30PM

November 13 - Junior Class Middle College Information Night - Cancelled - Will be rescheduled before Winter Break

November 14 - Jefferson Dancer's Midnight in Paris Fundraiser 6:30PM

November 14 - Winter Sport's Clearance - See Ms. Sage

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

November 18 - PCC Winter Term Registration Begins

November 19 - Jefferson HS Cluster PTA Meeting - JHS Cafeteria 6:30-8PM

November 27-28 - No School - Happy Thanksgiving!

December 1 & 2 - Half day for Students

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

Dear Jefferson Families,

Thank you to all who attended conferences last week. It was wonderful to see teachers, families, and students sharing ideas, reviewing progress, and making plans. This collaboration is critical as we support our students in their academic pursuits. The coming weeks will provide many opportunities to follow up on these conversations and to check progress on plans:

  • The first quarter ends Friday November 7 report cards should arrive home by Friday November 14,

  • Thursday November 13, 6:30 PM in the Library, Middle College – Junior Parent/Guardian meeting, and

  • Monday November 17, Middle College Coordinator Damon Hickok will be on campus working with juniors and seniors from 9-11 AM in the TJ room to begin the winter term registration process.

November brings with it a number of transitions including the change of athletic season. Fall sports have drawn to a close; thank you to all fall athletes and coaches for adding richness to our community. Please help me celebrate the Women's Soccer team who completed their season with a 7-3-3 record. The team has worked hard and developed over the past three years under the guidance of Coach Stuart Yaguda. Winter sports will begin on Monday November 17. Ms. Sage will be clearing athletes on Friday November 14 please make sure to stop by her office to get your paperwork ready for Monday.

Please remember that students will not have classes on:

  • Monday November 10, Teacher Planning Day,

  • Tuesday November 11, Veterans Day,

  • Thursday and Friday November 27-28, Thanksgiving Break.

There are a number of key events in the coming weeks that provide opportunities to connect with us:

  • Wednesday November 12, PTSA Meeting, CommUnity Room 7-8:30 PM.

  • Friday November 14, Midnight in Paris- a benefit for the Jefferson Dancers, North Star Ballroom, 6:30 PM, Visit the Jefferson Dancers website for more information: http://jeffersondancers.blogspot.com.

  • Monday November 17, Site Council, Main Office Conference Room 5:30-7:00 PM.

  • Wednesday November 19, Jefferson Cluster PTAs Meeting, Cafeteria, 6:30-8:00 PM. We hope you will be able to join us!

We value the work that our students and staff engage in as well the support that you offer daily. Thank you for seeing what is possible and building the tangible bridges for our students. In concert with our partners at Portland Community College, Self Enhancement Incorporated, and Portland State University students are making solid strides.

Margaret Calvert, Principal


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PPS News

Huge book donation contributes to 2014 Children's Book Harvest

November 20, 2014
More than 2,000 students at five PPS schools received some 17,000 books from last year's first annual Children's Book Harvest. Assistant Superintendent Melissa Goff today announced that Discover Books donated 5,000 books to the Second Annual Children's Book Harvest and will donate another 5,000 after the campaign reaches 25,000. The 2014 Children's Book Harvest, a key strategy in PPS' Read Together Third Grade Reading Initiative, is underway now through Nov. 26.


School board sets aspirational targets

November 11, 2014

The Portland School Board, responding to the state's decision to nullify the district's Achievement Compact for not setting targets in the three areas measured by new state tests, voted 6-0 on Nov. 10 to set aspirational targets of 100% achievement in third grade reading, 5th and 8th grade math.


Faubion will relocate to Tubman

November 06, 2014
Faubion Principal LaShawn Lee joined community members for several planning sessions. Faubion PK-8 students will relocate to Tubman School at 2231 N. Flint Ave. during construction of the new building. [More]

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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