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2735 NE 82nd | Portland, OR 97220
Phone: (503) 916-5220 | Fax: (503) 916-2702

School Profile 2014-2015

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: 32.8%, Black/African American: 17.2%, Native American: 1.7%, Asian: 16.2%, Pacific Islander: 1.9%, Latino/Hispanic: 22.8%, Multiple: 7.4%


SCHOOL ORGANIZATION: 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 2015 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 2014: Of the class of 252 graduates, 44% planned to enter a four-year college or university while another 41% 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                                   

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      

Gramblin State                        Pacific University                                    University of Oregon

Northwest Nazarene                University of Arizona

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                                     Math 95                                                  Physics

Contemporary Writing                                                                                           Human Body Systems

                                                                                                                              Intro to Sustainable Agriculture

                                                                                                                              Urban Farming

Social Studies                                          World Languages                                   Upper Level Electives

Modern World History                           Spanish 1-6                                             Top Notes

U.S. History                                           French 1-6                                               Drumline

U.S. Government                                                                                                   Speech & Debate


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/BC                               AP Music Theory

AP Statistics                                           AP Spanish                                              College Writing 101*

Spanish *                                                 Pre-Calculus*                                         Probability & Statistics*


Health Services

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.


Academic Letters

In an effort to acknowledge academic success from students at every level of achievement, Madison started the Academic Lettering Program in 2011. Each year students can be recognized for academic excellence if they meet the following criteria:

1.                    Earn a 3.5 grade point average for at least three of the four quarters in a single school year, and

2.                    Students must take at least five classes that are graded on the grading scale of A through F (i.e. courses taken Pass/No Pass courses do not count).


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