Madison High School Mission Statement
"At Madison, all students will access an engaging and inclusive education defined by diversity and respect. All students will graduate from high school empowered with critical skills necessary for success in higher education, career, and community engagement."
SCHOOL: James Madison High School is one of nine comprehensive high schools in Portland Public Schools. We serve neighborhood students and many transfer students grades 9-12. Campus demographics (2019-20 year): White/Not Hispanic: 34%, Latino/Hispanic: 25%, Asian: 15%, Black/African American: 14%, Multi-ethnic: 9%, Pacific Islander: 2%, Native American: 1%.
SCHOOL ORGANIZATION: 70 minute block periods run four times a day. Students can enroll in up to 8 classes. Madison uses an 18-week semester calendar. Each semester course can earn 0.5 credit.
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: Twenty-four credits are required for graduation (0.5 credits for each semester course successfully passed), though Madison students are encouraged to work beyond core requirements. Courses required for graduation are as follows:
Language Arts 4 credits Mathematics 3 credits
Social Science 3 credits World languages 2 credits
Laboratory Science 3 credits Health Education 1 credit
Physical Education 1 credit Electives* 7 credits
* 1.0 of elective credit must be earned in fine arts, a 3rd year of a world language, or career & technical education.
MARKING SYSTEM: Grades (A through F) are given twice a year, at the end of the fall semester in January and at the end of the spring semester in June. The grade point average, computed at the end of the sixth semester, includes all subjects in which a student has received a letter grade. The transcript reflects a standard and weighted GPA/Rank. Weighted GPA is calculated by adding one point for each AP course completed (beginning 2nd semester 2009-10).
A (4 points) (5 pts) P/Pass* (no points) NP/no pass**
B (3 points) (4 pts) WX/Withdraw* (no points) WF/Withdraw/Fail**
C (2 points) (3 pts) NG/No grade* (no points)
D (1 point) (2 pts) INC/Incomplete*(no points)
F (0 points) (0 pts)
*P, WX, and INC designations are not calculated in the cumulative GPA.
**Students receiving a NP, WF elected to drop the course after the first 3 weeks of the semester. WF and NP designations are calculated in the cumulative GPA.
MADISON GRADUATES: In the past, over 44% of our graduates planned to enter a four-year college or university while another 41% planned to attend a community college. Graduates have had final transcripts sent to the following institutions of higher education:
Boston University Johns Hopkins University University of Portland
Univ of Puget Sound Brigham Young University Lewis & Clark College
Portland Comm College University of San Diego Carnegie Mellon University
Linfield College Portland State University Western Oregon Univ
Clackamas Comm College New York University Reed College
Whitman College Concordia University Northern Arizona University
Scripps College Willamette University Cornell University
Seattle Pacific University Dartmouth University Oregon State University
Seattle University George Fox University Pacific Lutheran University
Southern Oregon University Gonzaga University Pacific N.W. College of Art
Grambling State Pacific University University of Oregon
Northwest Nazarene University of Arizona
CURRICULUM: James Madison High School offers a full range of college preparatory core content
classes as well as unique elective options in the areas of Mathematics, Performing & Visual Arts, Science,
Social Science, and World Languages. Students may challenge themselves by enrolling in Advanced
Placement and Dual Credit courses. Dual Credit courses are taught by Madison faculty who work in
partnership with Portland Community College (see courses below with *).
Language Arts Mathematics Science
English 1-2 Algebra 1-2 Biology 1-2
English 3-4 Geometry 1-2 Foundations of Physics & Chemistry
English 5-6 Bridges to Advanced Algebra Chemistry
American Literature Honors Advanced Algebra 3-4 Forensic Science
Film & Literature Math 95 Physics
Contemporary Writing Human Body Systems
Intro to Sustainable Agriculture
Social Studies World Languages Upper-Level Electives
Modern World History Spanish 1-6 Top Notes
U.S. History French 1-6 Drumline
U.S. Government Speech & Debate
Advanced Placement & College-Level Courses: Madison High School encourages students to take advanced courses when they feel prepared for the rigor and challenges these courses offer. Students may begin taking AP courses their sophomore year, but most students begin their junior year.
AP Literature & Composition AP Language & Composition AP Human Geography
AP Psychology AP Chemistry AP Environmental Science
AP US History AP Calculus AB/BC AP Music Theory
AP Statistics AP Spanish College Writing 101*
Spanish * Pre-Calculus* Probability & Statistics*
Madison’s Health Services program is an Oregon State Approved Professional Technical Program of Portland Public Schools. It is a 4-year program that provides students with basic medical knowledge, medical terminology, and the opportunity to explore a wide variety of medical careers. Our program provides instruction and experiences designed to assist students in qualifying for post-secondary education and for entry-level positions in health care. Upon completion of Madison’s 4-year health services program, the students will receive a health services endorsement in addition to their diploma. They will also receive 1.0 Health Credit if enrolled all four years.
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is an international program designed for students who are underrepresented at 4-year universities. This elective course prepares students for college and the challenging high school courses such as honors and Advanced Placement, which advance learning and open doors. Ninety-five percent of students who complete at least 3 years of AVID enter college and 60% of AVID graduates enter 4-year universities. Students benefit from additional writing tasks, numerous field trips to colleges around the state (and potentially out of state), study skills, and college research. Twice weekly, AVID tutors, who are generally college students, work with small groups and challenge them to think at deeper levels about their course material.
In an effort to acknowledge academic success from students at every level of achievement, Madison started the Academic Lettering Program in 2011. Each year students can be recognized for academic excellence if they meet the following criteria:
- Earn a 3.5 grade point average for at least three of the four quarters in a single school year, and
- Students must take at least five classes that are graded on the grading scale of A through F (i.e. courses taken Pass/No Pass courses do not count).