Metropolitan Learning Center

K x 12 Student-Centered Education
Courage. Compassion. Self-Discipline. Integrity. Respect.

2033 NW Glisan St.Portland, OR 97209Ph (503) 916-5737Fx (503) 916-2658

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MLC Updates

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  • K-5 Open House - Tuesday, February 27

    Join us for our K-5 open house, where you can learn more about our school. For perspective parents to find out if we may be the right fit for your family. 5:30-6:30 in the MLC auditorium. 

    Find the slides from this event here.

  • Registration for Evening Scholars

    Evening scholars registration opens Monday 2/5 for second semester!

    If your high school student is behind in credits toward graduation, would rather take a particular graduation required class outside of the regular school day, or would like to get ahead on their graduation requirements, this is an excellent opportunity. Credit advancement students will be placed last as long as there is room in the class. 

    • Classes will be held from February 19 - May 23 (no classes during spring break)

    • Classes meet from 5:00 - 8:00pm, once per week, for 13 weeks.  

    • All classes are in-person and attendance is required. 

    • Our Evening Scholars sites are:  Roosevelt, Grant, McDaniel, and Franklin campuses.  

    • To register, students must meet with their counselor to review their transcript, and registration is by the counselor

    Please contact our school counselor, Benner for class options/availability, if you’d like to register, or if you have any questions.  Some classes fill up fast so please reach out if interested. 


    Gretchen Benner (she/her)

  • Tour MLC!

    Exploring school options to determine the best fit for a student can be both exciting and anxiety producing. We believe getting to actually see the surrounding location and have a guided tour of the building can be very helpful in this decision-making process.  To accommodate the numerous requests for tours, we offer a monthly tour for up to 10 interested families on the second Thursday of each month at 3:45pm and will last approximately 45-60 minutes.

    September 14

    October 12  

    November 9 

    December 14

    February 8

    March 13 (Wednesday)

    April 11

    May 9

    Please email Benner, our 7-12 counselor to initiate the sign up process or if you have any questions.

    When the lottery dates are announced we will also host an evening open house event for families. Please check our website for updates.



    Gretchen Benner (she/her)
    Professional School Counselor
    Metropolitan Learning Center

    503-916-5737  ext. 76051

    Google Voice #: 503-272-1681


    I support healthy work and home life boundaries and therefore do not check or send e-mails after work hours. I make every effort to respond to emails within 24-48 hours. Thank you!


    If you need immediate assistance, please consider one of the following resources. 

    • Multnomah County Crisis Line (mental health support for youth and adults): 503-988-4888
    • Oregon Youthline (mental health support for youth):
    • Trevor Project (LGBTQ+ Crisis Resource): 866-850-8078 -
    • Call 211 for basic needs like food and shelter, plus child care, employment, housing, legal assistance and more

MLC Newsletters

District News

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  • How Do You Measure a Year: The Annual District Calendar

    At first glance, the annual Portland Public Schools district calendar might seem to fulfill one crucial function: to alert students, staff, and families to the days when school is in session and when it is not. 

    If that were the case, crafting the calendar would be the work of days, if not hours. In fact, the calendar is a multipurpose living document that involves meticulous planning and careful forethought to ensure the best possible outcomes for students and staff. It also reflects the needs and observances of the many diverse communities the district serves. 

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  • Compacted Math Changes Coming in 2024-25

    Ethan Kramer, Beaumont Middle School’s assistant principal, sees middle school math as so much more than 2x + 3y = 5. 

    “It’s helping to build the logic center – the prefrontal cortex – in analysis and processing,” he said. Given this, Kramer and others believe that middle grades instruction must lay a strong foundation to support more challenging math concepts in the future – first high school, then beyond.

    But what are the components of that foundation? And how is it best established?

    The district’s middle grades core academics team and its grades 6-8 math committee have spent the last year weighing these questions in tandem with educators and community stakeholders. Their goal: a comprehensive math curriculum that challenges students without rushing or skipping over key concepts.

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  • To Close or Not to Close? The Many Factors that Go into an Inclement Weather Decision

    In meteorological terms, Portland’s first big weather event of 2024 has been the definition of a perfect storm. Frigid temperatures and high winds combined with snow and ice to bring down tree limbs, close roads, scramble traffic, freeze pipes, and knock out power for tens of thousands of residents.

    It’s been a metaphorical perfect storm for Portland Public Schools as well. Fallen trees cut power to multiple schools and others have suffered water damage from broken pipes. Lack of heat is also a problem, and impassable roads, paired with snowed-in and icy parking lots, have made it impossible for buses to run safely. Those same conditions have limited how the district’s facilities and operations teams can even assess the scope of the issues, let alone begin working on solutions. And icy sidewalks mean walkers have no safe route to school.

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  • McDaniel Students to the Rescue

    In a dark corner of a dilapidated house, several young people work together to locate a baby in distress. A few hundred feet away, a second group uses cribbing techniques to free a man from a 2,000-pound slab of concrete. Nearby, a third learns how to use a multi-tool to turn off a leaking gas line.

    Thankfully, none of it – the ailing baby, the crushed man, the gas leak – was real. Rather, each scenario was part of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training for students from Darshanpreet Gill’s biomedical innovations class.

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