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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  • 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

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  • The Arts Tax in Action: The HeART of Portland is Still Beating

    Students who took their first steps into PPS kindergarten classrooms in 2014 – the year Portland’s first-ever arts education tax went into effect – are now thriving sophomores.

    Evan Sampson is one of those sophomores, and he will have a chance to share his story at this year’s HeART of Portland, a showcase spotlighting the artistic accomplishments of some PPS’s most talented students.

    The two-week celebration of creativity will take place from April 16-28 at the Portland Art Museum. All exhibits and performances are free and open to the public.

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  • Lincoln & Grant Constitution Teams to Compete Nationally

    This weekend, the Lincoln and Grant high school constitution teams will compete in the annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals in Washington, D.C. 

    Now in its fifth decade, the event brings together students from all 50 states for a series of mock congressional hearings on everything from the Constitutional Convention of 1787 to the separation of powers and the future of democracy. 

    The Lincoln and Grant constitution teams, under the instruction of Patrick Magee-Jenks and Angela DiPasquale respectively, have long histories of taking home trophies on both the state and national level. 

    Good luck to all!

  • Important Calendar Updates

    First, the end of this school year will still be June 14 for K-11 students, and it will be May 31 for seniors.
    Second, next year’s bell schedules will change for many students.
    Beginning next school year, we added 15 instructional minutes for elementary and middle school students and provided all middle school students with a seven-period day. Accommodating these changes while supporting 410 minutes per week of teacher planning time and aligning our transportation systems requires us to adopt common start and stop times.
    Third, next year’s school calendars are available.

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  • A Recipe for Fun: Harvest of the Month at Hosford

    When students from Cleveland High School’s Advanced Commercial Foods and Baking class visited Hosford Middle School last month to try out a new recipe they called Baked Pears Goat Cheese Sunflower Seed Delight, the results of an informal sticker poll were very much on the positive side: 26 kids liked it and 30 loved it. Twenty-two were on the fence.

    Sixth grader Isaac Huynh was in the latter category. “I’ve had goat cheese before, but this goat cheese tastes different,” he said. “I think the whole thing might have been better with whipped cream.”

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