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 Open House!

    We are having our annual 6x12 Open House on Tuesday, November 29th at 6pm.  Please join us to learn about our exciting program; academics, traditions, and opportunities.

    All are welcome!

    The Enrollment and Transfer Center manages transfers, applications and waitlists for all PPS schools.  The MS and HS Transfer Cycle is open from November 15th through December 16th. Please see their website for additional information.  

  • Want to tour MLC?

    We know how important it is to physically visit a school as you are making the important and often difficult decision of which school to attend.  Here at MLC, our school counselor Gretchen Benner (she/her) will offer tours on the second Thursday of each month from 3:30-4:00 pm**.  In order to provide a comfortable and personal experience with plenty of opportunity to address questions important to each student/family, we aim to keep these tours to 5-10 students/families per month. Please email Benner at: regarding which of the following dates you'd like to attend and she will send you a confirmation google invite. 
    Tour dates for the 2022-23 school year:  
    October 13                     February 9
    November 10                 March 9
    December 8                   April 13
    January 12                     May 11
    **Please note there will be a general open house in November in relation to the lottery application dates. When this date is solidified, it will be published on our website. 

    Gretchen Benner (she/her)
    Professional School Counselor
    Metropolitan Learning Center

    503-916-5737  ext. 76051

    Google Voice #: 503-272-1681

  • 11th and 12th grade student opportunity to take an interesting class AND earn college credit!!

    Perelandra Scholars Program at Portland State University, now in its second year, is designed exclusively for high school juniors and seniors to earn college credit in high-level humanities courses, taught in person on the PSU campus. Here’s what they tell us about their offerings:


    The Idea of the Nation (1 credit)

    Mondays 7:10 - 9:20pm

    Nov 7, 14, 28, Dec 5, 11

    In this course we will examine what it means to be a nation, when national identity is a force for liberty and when a source of conflict, how the national idea has developed in America as compared with other countries, and the importance and challenges of national identity today as compared with its alternatives.

    Students will get to discuss these questions with international speakers (via Zoom, although the class is in-person). This year’s speakers will discuss national identity in Russia, Ireland, Israel, and India. Readings include Ernest Renan’s essay “What Is A Nation?”


    Identity and US Politics (1 credit)

    Tuesdays 7:10 - 9:20pm

    Nov 8, 15, 29, Dec 6, 13

    What are the enduring philosophical disagreements between left and right and how do these shape political discourse today? How can we cultivate a more thoughtful, political culture, even in disagreement? In this course we will look at the ideas of two foundational thinkers of the modern left and modern right: the fiery revolutionary Thomas Paine, and the statesman and philosopher Edmund Burke. We will draw on their wisdom and insight to deflect on American political division today.

    Students will converse in real time via Zoom with exciting guest speakers about how contemporary US politics is impacted by group identities based on race, faith, class, and gender; how social media impacts political activism today; and how these issues play out comparatively in other countries. Readings include Yuval Levin, The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left. All course materials provided free of charge. 


    (NEW!) Film Classics and the Four Loves (1 credit)

    Mondays 7:10 - 9:00pm

    Jan 9, 23, 30, Feb 6, 13, 27 (Note time difference and 6 sessions instead of 5)

    One of the great American art forms is the Hollywood “screwball comedy” of the 1930s and 40s, with roots in Shakespeare, and a level of delight and canny wisdom about men, women, and relationships. In this course we will discuss four classics of screwball in connection with excerpts from C. S. Lewis’s book The Four Loves, his exploration of friendship, affection, and romance. 

    The films are: It Happened One Night (1934), The Thin Man (1934), The Philadelphia Story (1940), and The Palm Beach Story (1942), plus a comparative look at French film in Pauline at the Beach (1983). Note: Students will view the films at home, and so must have access to a streaming service such as Amazon or YouTube, or to the films on another platform.

    Fantasy Literature and the Religious Imagination (1 credit)

    Tuesdays 7:10 - 9:20pm

    Jan 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb 7 

    Through extended discussion of C. S. Lewis’s novel Perelandra and other texts, we will explore how fantasy writers have engaged questions of good and evil, faith and redemption, through the literary imagination. Additional readings include excerpts from J. R. R. Tolkien’s “On Fairy Stories,” G. K. Chesterton’s “The Ethics of Elfland,” and the book of Genesis. All course materials provided free of charge.

    The cost is $75.00 per class and there are scholarships available.

    Information and Registration:

  • Evening scholars registration is now open for first semester!

    If your high school student is behind in credits toward graduation, would rather take a particular graduation required class outside of the regular school day, or would like to get ahead on their graduation requirements, this is an excellent opportunity. 


    • Classes will be held from October 3 - January 19, 2023. 

    • Classes meet from 5:00 - 8:00pm, once per week, for 13 weeks.  

    • All classes are in-person and attendance is required. 

    • Our Evening Scholars sites are:  Roosevelt, Kenton, Grant, McDaniel, and Franklin campuses.  

    • To register, students must meet with their counselor to review their transcript, and registration is by the counselor

    Please contact your counselor, Gretchen Benner for class options/availability, if you’d like to register, or if you have any questions.   

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