Metropolitan Learning Center

K x 12 Student-Centered Education
Courage. Compassion. Self-Discipline. Integrity. Respect.

2033 NW Glisan St.Portland, OR 97209Ph (503) 916-5737Fx (503) 916-2658

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  • MLC Lottery Information and Enrollment

     In order to be considered for the MLC Kx8 Lottery, all families need to do the following by March 8th 2019

    If applying for grades K-8 for the 2019-2020 school year, we have 24 slots for kindergarten, 4 slots for 1st grade, and at least 26 slots for 6th-grade (other grades may have openings depending on attrition). 

    1. Attend an MLC Information Session and/or Shadow Day (MS only)      
      • Wednesday, Feb. 13th, 2019 9:30-11:00 (K-8 Focus) *Includes 6th Grade Classroom Visit
      • Thursday, Feb. 21st, 2019 6:00-7:30 (K-8 Focus)
      • Wednesday, Feb. 27th, 2019 6:00-7:00 (Kindergarten Focus)
    2. Complete the PPS School Choice Application: Link and complete the MLC Application (6-8 only): Link  *K-5 only needs to do the PPS Choice Application.

    If you are currently in high school and wanting to apply to MLC for the 2018-2019 School Year Starting Second Semester:   Please contact Jeanette Scantling at, if you are interested in transferring to MLC mid-year.

    Parking: Visitors are welcome to park on the school blacktop or in the staff parking lot during the visitor programs (Glisan Street entry). Lots will close at the conclusion of the program. On-street parking is an option but most spaces near the school will require a “Zone M” pass until 7 pm. Please see Kathleen in the main office if you would like a pass.

    503-916-5737 Main Office Registrar

  • Student Health Centers

    PPS partners with Multnomah County Student Health Centers (SHCs) to keep students healthy and focused on school. There are 10 SHCs throughout Multnomah County. The SHC is like having a doctor's office in your school. The center serves K-12 students and does not have any out of pocket costs for the student or family. Let your families know how to access this amazing resource.
    Information video: here.
  • SafeOregon

      SafeOregon has a goal of keeping all children in Oregon schools safer by having a confidential or anonymous tip line to report safety concerns.  This tip line is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week and can be used by students. Go to, email, download the SafeOregon app or call/text to 844-472-3367.

A Message from the Principal

  • Dear Families, img

    Welcome to a new school year at Metropolitan Learning Center! The word cloud on to the right was created using words from our mission and grade-level statements. You will notice the three words that are largest are: community, students, and learning. I am thrilled to be a part of this community where students and learning are at the center and community is valued.

    Whether you are new to MLC or a returning family, we are happy that you are a part of our MLC community. You have made a great choice for your child’s education. MLC consists of a dedicated and collegial staff who will care for your children and support them in learning with an experiential influence that fosters creativity, rigor, and meets the learning needs of every student. Our school character traits of respect, courage, compassion, integrity, and self-discipline are driving principles and are embedded in the instruction and expectations we have for all students, staff, and families. Our entire learning community works together to create an inclusive and equitable environment where children develop curiosity, skills, knowledge, and courage. Our school community and students are taught to critically examine dominant cultural norms, seek multiple perspectives and counter stories, and our staff is committed to culturally responsive teaching practices to meet the diverse needs of all students.

    We believe families play a critical role in the success of our students, and as a parent/guardian, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. You know your child better than anyone else and we invite you to work in partnership with your child’s teachers since you have rich insight into your child’s needs, talents, and interests. Please feel free to share any information that you believe will help us guide your child’s success. Additionally, teachers provide a unique perspective on your child. They will see your child as a member of the classroom community and watch as they interact with peers, face the challenge of new learning, respond to setbacks, ask questions, and solve problems. Parent and teacher perspectives, working in partnership, are critical to ensuring that your child’s experience at MLC is robust, exciting and rewarding.

    Please feel free to call me at (503) 916-5737 if you have any questions about our program, procedures, or school policies. As a loving community, we hope to problem solve together when needed. I look forward to a wonderful year of learning and working collectively with all of you!

    Warm Regards,

    Alexa Pearson, Principal

District News

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  • Board approves school calendar for 2019-20

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    The 2019-20 school year in Portland Public Schools will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 28, and end (barring weather makeup days) on Friday, June 5.

    That became official Tuesday night when the PPS Board of Education passed Resolution 5821, which approved Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero’s proposed 2019-20 school calendar. The calendar was presented to the Board at its Jan. 15 meeting, with public input invited in the period before Tuesday’s final Board vote.

  • PPS Pulse: February 12, 2019

    In this week's PPS Pulse: Deadline coming for students to be immunized; Jefferson students discuss Black History Month

  • PPS Families: Help us improve school culture and climate by taking Successful Schools Survey

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    If you are the parent or guardian of a Portland Public Schools student, ask yourself: How is the educational climate at the school? Portland Public Schools is looking for answers to this and other key questions from family members of PPS students as part of the Successful Schools Survey. Students in grades 5, 7 and 10 also are being surveyed, and school-based staff will participate starting Feb. 19.

  • Key date for immunizations is coming up

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    The recent outbreak of measles serves as a reminder about immunizations, with an important deadline coming up.

    Students in Portland Public Schools who have not gotten all of their required immunizations face a Wednesday, Feb. 20 deadline. That is the “exclusion date” set by the state for 2019, when any student who is not fully immunized may be barred from attending classes or district-provided child care.