Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

MLC logoMetropolitan Learning Center

K x 12 student-centered education

2033 NW Glisan St. | Portland, OR 97209
Phone: (503) 916-5737

Accelerated Options


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. 

You can see which differentiation strategies a specific teacher uses by looking at their course sylabi. All syllabi are located on the bottom left of the MLC web page under Important information.

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

We determine 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
  • 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

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

Off Campus acceleration options

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

 Additional services available for TAG students

  • Mentorship
  • Yearbook

Nomination Process

Characteristics of Talented and Gifted Student 

Nominations are now open and forms are available in the counseling office and main office. 


 MLC's TAG Coordinator - Jeff Spalding, 503-916-5737 x76051

 District TAG Office