SCHOOL: James Madison High School is one of nine comprehensive high schools in Portland Public Schools. We serve neighborhood students and many transfer students grades 9-12. Campus demographics: White/Not Hispanic: 38.9% Black/African American: 20.8%, Native American: 2%, Asian: 13.4%, Pacific Islander: 2.2%, Latino/Hispanic: 19.6%, Multiple: 3.2%
SCHOOL ORGANIZATION: Three days a week, 85 minute block periods run four times a day. Two days a week, 70 minute block periods run four times a day. Students can enroll in up to 8 classes. Madison uses an 18 week semester calendar. Each semester course can earn 0.5 credit.
CLASS OF 2012 GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: Twenty-four credits are required for graduation (0.5 credits for each semester course successfully passed), though Madison students are encouraged to work beyond core requirements. Courses required for graduation are as follows:
Language Arts 4 credits Mathematics 3 credits
Social Science 3 credits World languages 2 credits
Laboratory Science 3 credits Health Education 1 credit
Physical Education 1 credit Electives* 7 credits
* 1.0 of elective credit must be earned in fine arts, a 3rd year of a world language, or career & technical education.
MARKING SYSTEM: Grades (A through F) are given twice a year, at the end of the fall semester in January and at the end of the spring semester in June. The grade point average, computed at the end of the sixth semester, includes all subjects in which a student has received a letter grade. The transcript reflects a standard and weighted GPA/Rank. Weighted GPA is calculated by adding one point for each AP course completed (beginning 2nd semester 2009-10).
A (4 points) (5 pts) P/Pass* (no points) NP/no pass**
B (3 points) (4 pts) WX/Withdraw* (no points) WF/Withdraw/Fail**
C (2 points) (3 pts) NG/No grade* (no points)
D (1 point) (2 pts) INC/Incomplete* (no points)
F (0 points) (0 pts)
*P, WX, and INC designations are not calculated in the cumulative GPA.
**Students receiving a NP, WF elected to drop the course after the first 3 weeks of the semester. WF and NP designations are calculated in the cumulative GPA.
CLASS OF 2011: Of the class of 121 graduates, 46% planned to enter a four-year college or university while another 39% planned to attend a community college. Graduates have had final transcripts sent to the following institutions of higher education:
Boston University Johns Hopkins University University of Portland Univ of Puget Sound
Brigham Young University Lewis & Clark College Portland Comm College University of San Diego
Carnegie Mellon University Linfield College Portland State University Western Oregon Univ
Clackamas Comm College New York University Reed College Whitman College
Concordia University Northern Arizona University Scripps College Willamette University
Cornell University Northwest Nazarene Seattle Pacific University
Dartmouth University Oregon State University Seattle University
George Fox University Pacific Lutheran University Southern Oregon University
Gonzaga University Pacific N.W. College of Art University of Arizona
Gramblin State Pacific University University of Oregon
CURRICULUM: James Madison High School offers a full range of college preparatory core content
classes as well as unique elective options in the areas of Mathematics, Performing & Visual Arts, Science,
Social Science, and World Languages. Students may challenge themselves by enrolling in Advanced
Placement and Dual Credit courses. Dual Credit courses are taught by Madison faculty who work in
partnership with Portland Community College (see courses below with *).
Language Arts Mathematics Science
English 1-2 Algebra 1-2 Biology 1-2
English 3-4 Geometry 1-2 Foundations of Physics & Chemistry
English 5-6 Bridges to Advanced Algebra Chemistry
American Literature Honors Advanced Algebra 3-4 Forensic Science
Film & Literature Pre-Calculus Physics
Contemporary Writing Anatomy & Physiology Intro to Sustainable Agriculture
Social Studies World Languages Upper Level Electives
Modern World History Spanish 1-6 Top Notes
U.S. History German 1-6 Percussion Ensemble
U.S. Government French 1-6 Men’s Choir
Economics Women’s Choir
Advanced Placement & College-Level Courses: Madison High School encourages students to take advanced courses when they feel prepared for the rigor and challenges these courses offer. Students may begin taking AP courses their sophomore year, but most students begin their junior year.
AP Literature & Composition AP Language & Composition AP Human Geography
AP Psychology AP Chemistry AP Environmental Science
AP US History AP Calculus AB AP Studio Art 2-D
AP Studio Art 3-D AP Music Theory AP Statistics
Spanish* College Writing 101*
Madison’s Health Services program is an Oregon State Approved Professional Technical Program of Portland Public Schools. It is a 4-year program that provides students with basic medical knowledge, medical terminology, and the opportunity to explore a wide variety of medical careers. Our program provides instruction and experiences designed to assist students in qualifying for post-secondary education and for entry-level positions in health care. Upon completion of Madison’s 4-year health services program, the students will receive a health services endorsement in addition to their diploma. They will also receive 1.0 Health Credit if enrolled all four years.
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is an international program designed for students who are underrepresented at 4-year universities. This elective course prepares students for college and the challenging high school courses such as honors and Advanced Placement, which advance learning and open doors. Ninety-five percent of students who complete at least 3 years of AVID enter college and 60% of AVID graduates enter 4-year universities. Students benefit from additional writing tasks, numerous field trips to colleges around the state (and potentially out of state), study skills, and college research. Twice weekly, AVID tutors, who are generally college students, work with small groups and challenge them to think at deeper levels about their course material.
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