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

Talented and Gifted (TAG)

 Madison H.S. School-wide TAG Plan

The 2012-13 TAG Guide can be downloaded from the Connect webpage.


Please click on the link below.




 Nomination forms

Articles and Information of interest for parents

A copy of the current Madison TAG Plan


Differentiation strategies in place within our school’s classrooms include:

  • Using pre-assessment to inform instruction
  • Flexible grouping
  • Curriculum compacting
  • Tiered lessons
  • Higher level questioning
  • Independent projects, acceleration through AP and Honors classes are also available. 

Teachers use differentiation strategies. These are listed in their course syllabi 

Additionally, pre-assessment or on-going formative assessments are used to help inform instruction.  Teachers document the type of Pre-Assessments they use specifically in their syllabi.  Some examples are: 

  • Know,  Would like to learn, Learned
  • Observation
  • Quizzes
  • Learning logs

It is determined whether a student needs acceleration in the following way:

  • Students demonstrate proficiency on Pre and Post Assessments
  • Through Parent, Student and Counselor recommendations and expressed interest in advanced work 
  • If student is already working at or above grade level in one or a number of areas.

Options for Acceleration

The following options for acceleration are available at our school:

  • Taking classes both on and off campus (PCC, PSU, or another high school campus)
  • Subject acceleration in classroom using higher grade materials
  • Attending a class off site, online courses or taking classes beyond age level peers
  • Credit by Exam
  • Advanced Placement, Honors, or duel credit courses are other options

Students who wish to access acceleration options can do so by talking with their counselor, any administrator and/or their teacher(s). 

Off Campus acceleration options

Students should see their counselor, or an administrator to find out more.

Additional services available for TAG students

  • Mentorships
  • SUN School
  • Speech and Debate
  • Drama
  • Mock Trial
  • Art Honor Society
  • Yearbook and school newspaper. 
  • Many other options are listed in the Forecast Guide or by watching the Daily Bulletin and weekly Spotlight

Nomination Process

Characteristics of Talented and Gifted Student 

Nominations are now open and forms are available in the counseling office or at Identification - Talented and Gifted - Portland Public Schools

Advanced Placement at Madison High School

Advanced Placement and Honors Classes offered at Madison H. S.

 Honors and Honors Option Courses: These are classes where the teacher provides more rigorous and/or challenging assignments for those students up to the challenge.  This work is at a level above that of the “regular” class. Most core discipline courses provide this opportunity.  Arrangements should be made with the teacher at the beginning of the course. 


Advanced Placement Courses:  These are courses that have been approved by the College Board as having a course outline and expectations that prepare enrolled students for the Advanced Placement Examinations which are offered each spring.  An examination score of “3” or higher could earn the student college credit.  The award and the number of credits offered are dependent on the individual college/university.  AP courses offered are:


Calculus AB

Calculus BC

English Language and Composition

English Literature and Composition

German Language

Human Geography

US History

European History

Government and Politics: US



Environmental Science


Spanish Language

Spanish Language

Music Theory

Studio Art 2-D

Studio Art 3-D