In order to be considered for the MLC HIGH SCHOOL Lottery, all families need to do the following by November 30th:
If applying for grades K-8, 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).
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 email@example.com, 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
MLC's mission is to develop children who demonstrate respect, integrity, compassion, self-discipline, and courage, and are thus able to mindfully question dominant hierarchies. In short, MLC staff and students should be critically questioning cultural norms and work to undermine racism - both overt and systematic. Our curriculum increasingly focuses on the diversity of identities at MLC, in Portland, and in the country and world at large.
As parents, we, too, need to deepen and model our skills to talk openly about race. The Parent Talk Racial Equity meetings are a space for us to come together and have conversations about race. Our meetings use the Courage Conversations framework to strengthen our own competence, confidence and trust to speak our truths and form relationships as we strive for an equitable society. We hope you'll join us November 7, 2018 6-8pm —Childcare and pizza will be provided. See the video below made by one of our MLC parents (Thank you, Josh!) to learn more about this group. Please fill out the RSVP if you plan to attend. This helps us plan for childcare/pizza/space.
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!
Alexa Pearson, Principal
Students at Grant High School were invited to attend a flag-raising ceremony during lunch Thursday to recognize Native American Heritage Month, and school officials weren’t sure how many students would go outside on a chilly day. What they saw was a huge throng of students filing through the front door at the Marshall campus (Grant’s temporary home) to watch.
Matthew Bacon-Brenes, a teacher mentor and a leading advocate for dual language immersion in Portland Public Schools, has been awarded a Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence for 2019 from the NEA Foundation and Horace Mann.