Mt. Scott Learning Centers (MSLC) begins the second year of its program consolidation this fall after a successful launch of the project during the 2011-12 school year.
Prior to the 2011-12 school year, MSLC served more than 120 students from Portland Public Schools and other surrounding school districts at two distinct and physically separate sites: Mt. Scott Middle School (grades 6-9, ages 10-15) and Mt. Scott High School (grades 10-12, ages 15-20). In the fall of 2011, all of our students moved under one roof at our newly expanded campus at 6148 SE Holgate (our former high school site).
Mt. Scott Learning Centers emphasizes the development of a small, successful community of learners. Small class sizes allow staff to develop challenging curriculum for all academic levels, while focusing on and fostering specific skills needed to be a successful student. Courses are offered in language arts, math, social studies, science, health and P.E., plus a variety of electives, and address the needs of students who struggle in a traditional environment and who may be academically below grade level. Students have the opportunity to participate in service learning activities, as well as outdoor educational experiences. The school employs a full-time counselor and provides individual tutoring services. MSLC also provides extensive mentoring and resources to help students access education and training beyond high school.
Building Bridges to Success
MSLC is dedicated to engaging each student, helping them find educational success and, ultimately, earn a high school diploma. Understanding that each student’s journey may look different from the traditional comprehensive four-year high school, MSLC has created a structure that eliminates the designations of freshman, sophomore, junior and senior. Instead, MSLC students are a part of one of seven groups named after the seven main bridges of downtown Portland (from South to North): Marquam, Hawthorne, Morrison, Burnside, Steel, Broadway and Fremont. The groups are further divided into two subgroups: Junior Academies and Senior Academies.
Mt. Scott Junior Academies include Marquam, Hawthorne and Morrison. Marquam includes grades 6-8 and is our traditional “middle school.” Hawthorne and Morrison students are those who are embarking on their first year of “high school” and/or who have struggled to accrue credits towards graduation.
Mt. Scott Senior Academies include Burnside, Steel, Broadway and Fremont. Students are placed in Burnside, Steel and Broadway according to, among other factors, earned credits, age and ability. Fremont (also referred to as “Transition”), is exclusively for those students poised to complete their high school diploma. These students will receive focused guidance around post-secondary plans.
Senior Academy Class Websites