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

Parents and Guardians: If you have not had a chance to complete our Accreditation Survey, please do before the end of the year. The link is available here:


December 1 & 2 - Half day for Students

December 1 - School Board Town Hall - Jefferson Library 5:00PM

December 4 - Middle College Information Night for Junior Families - Jefferson Library 6:30PM

December 10 - Career Fair - Juniors and Seniors - 1-3PM

December 10 - PTSA Meeting - Community Room 7-8:30PM

December 10 - Financial Aid Night - Cafeteria 6:30PM

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,

We appreciate working with you and your students to strengthen our community. There are many opportunities in the coming month to share your input on proposed changes to district policies including the transfer process (click here). In December you can celebrate our students by attending a winter sports competition or our annual talent show. You can also connect with other families through our PTSA and junior Middle College information night. We believe that these opportunities deepen our connection to each other and develop a shared sense of purpose.

Here is an outline of upcoming events:

  • Monday December 1, School Board Town Hall at Jefferson

    • 5:00-6:00 PM. Discussion of proposed changes to transfer process

    • 6 :00-7:30 PM Other topics may include: school bond, goals for the Jefferson Cluster.

  • Thursday December 4, Middle College Information Night for Juniors, 6:30 PM in the Library.

  • Wednesday December 10

    • PTSA, CommUnity Room 7:00-8:30PM.

    • Financial Aid Night, 6:30 PM Cafeteria.

  • Thursday December 11, Annual Jefferson Talent Show, 7:00 PM Auditorium.

  • Friday December 12, Mr. Rafferty’s Class - last day for seniors to register for Writing 121.

  • Monday December 15, Site Council, Main Office Conference Room 5:30-7:00 PM.

Please remember that students have half days of classes on Monday and Tuesday December 1 and 2 to provide time for staff development. Students will be released after lunch at noon both days. Winter Break runs from December 22 through January 2 this year, students return to school on January 5.

I want to give thanks for our Black Student Union and their advisor Mr. Pettiford for providing leadership and support in the wake of the Ferguson Decision. Co-president Baqi Coles guided the school through a moment of silence to honor Michael Brown. The BSU provided a forum for students and staff to discuss and reflect on the decision during lunch. It was a powerful moment that was elevated by student leadership and vision.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Margaret Calvert, Principal

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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