• Jefferson High School – Middle College for Advanced Studies

    Health Sciences/Biotechnology Program (Biotech)

    Program Goals

    The Health Sciences/Biotechnology Program (Biotech) features a comprehensive academic offering in the core subjects of science and math rounded out by career and mentoring experiences provided by the On Track OHSU! Program. The primary goal of Biotech is to prepare students for successful transition into post-secondary education, training, and future careers in sciences, health care or biotechnology.  

    Program Vision

    Health Sciences/Biotech Program seeks students who:

    have an interest in science.

    • are committed to taking math and science every year in high school.
    • are willing to participate in field trips and mentoring sponsored by the On Track OHSU! Program.
    • reflect the demographics of the student body.


    Academic Preparation   Students completing the Biotech’s rigorous program of study finish high school with four credits in math through Precalculus or Calculus and five credits in science including: Pattern Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, and Research & Medicine. The Biotech Program course completion not only meets, but exceeds the state’s graduation requirements in math and science. For athletes, the Biotech curriculum meets the NCAA eligibility requirements.

    College Credit   Jefferson High School-Middle College for Advanced Studies is located across the street from PCC Cascade Campus. Through a partnership between the school district and Portland Community College, Jefferson’s Middle College students begin earning college credit during high school for free. The Middle College enhances the challenging and engaging experiences of Biotech. Some course options at PCC that complement the Biotech curriculum include:  MP 111 Medical Terminology, MP 140 Health Law & Ethics, BI 101 Intro to Biology, BI 212 Cell Biology for Health Occupations, CH 150 General Chemistry, HE 242 Stress & Human Health, Math 111/112 or 251/252.

    Biotechnology   The biotechnology aspect of the program is unique to Jefferson and is not offered at any other Portland high school. Seniors in the program take an advanced course called Research & Medicine. Students learn about bioethics, epidemiology, genetics, stem cell research, historical and modern public health issues.

    Partnerships   The academic program is further enriched by a continuum of career exploration activities provided by community and business partners including: Oregon Health & Sciences University/On Track OHSU! Program, Providence Health System, Legacy Health System, Kaiser  Permanente and more. Through these important connections, students are introduced to professionals in a variety of health, science and biotechnology careers. In the beginning of the program, students participate in site visits and other career sampling activities. Mentoring sessions are provided with students from OHSU. Upper division students may complete job shadows and/or internships.