School Facts

  • Jefferson High School
    Middle College for Advanced Studies

    5210 N Kerby
    Portland, OR 97217

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    Phone: 503-916-5180
    Fax: 503-916-2698
    Grade levels: 9-12
    Principal: Drake Shelton

    The mission of Jefferson High School is to create an inclusive and collaborative student-centered academic environment that promotes racial equity and social justice. Jefferson students will graduate as critical problem-solvers; resilient lifelong learners; and informed global stewards.

    Jefferson High School is a city-wide Middle College focus-option high school. Jefferson offers traditional academic and elective courses as well as dual-credit courses on-site. Jefferson students enhance their high school schedule with courses from Portland Community College. Jefferson students have the potential to earn a year or more of transferable college credit all while earning their high school diploma. 

    Getting into Jefferson

    • Jefferson is a focus-option high school open both to neighborhood students and, through the school choice lottery, students from outside the neighborhood.
    • Prospective freshmen who live in the Jefferson attendance boundary can choose to attend Jefferson or their assigned comprehensive high school, determined by address. (Go to, click on Find Your School). Students formalize their choice by filling out a form with their current school counselor.
    • Students who live outside the attendance area can apply to Jefferson during the February transfer cycle by downloading a transfer application and checklist at
    • If you have questions about accessing Jefferson, please call the PPS Enrollment & Transfer Center at 503-916-3205 or the school at 503-916-5180.

  • Community partnerships

    • GEAR UP
    • Latino Network
    • On-Track OHSU!
    • Oregon Institute of Technology
    • Portland Community College
    • Portland State University
    • Self-Enhancement Inc.
    • SUN School
    • TRIO


    • Health Sciences/Biotechnology Program 
    • Middle College for Advanced Studies
    • National Honors Society (NHS)
    • Performing and Visual Arts Program 
    • Talented and Gifted Program (TAG)


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