Connect to Kindergarten

  • Welcome to MLC!

    We are the only Portland Public K-12 Alternative School!

    Metropolitan Learning Center utilizes the diversity of the city and its resources to provide a challenging learning environment to empower students. MLC honors students' identities, strengths, and learning styles, so they can be themselves, find themselves, and find a sense of belonging in our school community. At MLC we use courage, compassion, respect, self-discipline, and integrity as anchors for student behavior and learning. Through building relationships with each other and our world, we observe, create, imagine, and think critically about how we can influence positive change. 

    Learn more about Kindergraten at MLC HERE.

Who Are We?

  • Sarah - Kindergarten Teacher

    Robin - Kindergarten Education Assistant

    Ned - Art Teacher

    Matt - PE Teacher

    Ethan - Counselor

    Beriah - Restorative Justice Coordinator

    Molly - Librarian

    Darren - Assistant Principal

    Suezann - Principal

What Makes Us Unique?

  • We nurture each child by focusing on relationship building and relying on our MLC character traits as a touchstone. In partnership with families and community, we provide a strong academic, project-based program. We inspire children to achieve their highest potential and develop a passion for lifelong learning. Within this strong foundation, we encourage joy, curiosity, and making connections to the world around us.

How To Register?

  • Register Online: Visit 

    Prefer Paper?: Call our school office

    Have questions?

    Call our school office or PPS.

    Enrollment & Transfer


How to Enter the Lottery?

  • Step 1: Visit the school choice website:


    Step 2: Lottery opens in February. Watch our school choice video for instructions.


    Step 3: Register at your neighborhood school.

    Step 4: Lottery results are announced in late Spring. Approved students will automatically be transferred.

How to Stay Connected?

  • Connect to K Events:


    Kinder Open House/Lottery Info Night:

    Feb. 27   5:30-6:30 p.m.


    Connect to K Website

Connect to Kindergarten Events

  • May 18th 3:30: MLC Connect to Kindergarten for families who have been accepted through the ETC Lottery.

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