Preparing students for the future

Our primary goal is to assist students in graduating from high school but we are also committed to students’ career pathway plan for after high school. We provide multiple opportunities for students to develop career pathway plans that will lead them to college, employment, an apprenticeship, or a structured gap year program following their graduation from Mt. Scott Learning Center. We emphasize the relationship of course work to future education and employment goals in our academic program and actively help students envision and prepare for their futures through services provided in our Transitions Center. This is achieved by, but not limited to:

Transitions Case Management:

This case management program is predominantly aimed at juniors and seniors, but serve all freshmen and sophomores as well. The program is intended to provide additional supports to students that meet a low-income measure and/or are designated as Academic Priority by Portland Public Schools. Students in the case management program receive mentoring and support to actualize high school graduation while developing a plan for post-secondary success. Students outline an individual career plan while receiving support and barrier removal services from a case manager. Follow-up support is provided once the student has graduated.

Career Foundations Class:

This semester-long class is aimed at providing non-senior students with a foundation for career exploration in order to develop a career pathway plan. Students will also develop a job application portfolio that includes the job application skills of resumes, applications, cover letters and interviewing. Students will actively engage in activities designed to prepare them for careers and to understand what will be needed to be successful. The class culminates with a presentation by the student of a primary career pathway plan with a back-up plan.

Surviving College Writing:

Mt. Scott recognizes that many of our graduates that move on to college still struggle to adjust to college level classes, including writing at the college level. These struggles, particularly for the predominantly first generation college students, sometimes pose as risk factors towards recidivism. The semester-long “Surviving College Writing” course is designed to prepare and acclimate students to college while reducing risk factors to their success. This course is designed to help students apply writing skills and study habits to class assignments similar to offerings in an entry-level college class. Students will be evaluated based on research and revision of a major writing assignment. Students will also learn how to be successful students in a post-secondary education environment.

Senior Transitions Class:

This daily semester-long course is designed for seniors and focuses on preparing students for their post-secondary experience. Students spend time developing a job application portfolio that includes the job application skills of resumes, applications, cover letters and interviewing. Students also devote time to continue career exploration through self-assessment and market research to ensure they are confident of their career pathway plan. Students participate in career-related learning experiences such as field trips and guest speakers. At least half of this course is devoted to post-secondary education applications and college visits. This includes applying for financial aid such as the Pell Grant (through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid), Future Connect Scholarship through Portland Community College, and other scholarship opportunities. Students also spend time working on soft skills (interpersonal skills, punctuality, etc.) and public speaking through daily activities designed to help students in their personal and professional development. Lastly, students are equipped with life skills such as financial literacy, renting an apartment, and planning.


Mt. Scott awards Career and Technical Education (CTE)/Fine Arts and Elective credit for classes offered through or in partnership with the Transitions Program. In an effort to provide more CTE specific classes, Mt. Scott has expanded the course offerings by offering two new classes in Computer Coding and Manufacturing. Both classes are offered during the elective block and award CTE or elective credit.

Pathways to Manufacturing Elective

This class is offered through a partnership with Impact Northwest. It is a career readiness class aimed at students interested in hands-on work in the field of manufacturing. The course provides Mt. Scott students with a solid curriculum, the support of industry partners, and access to a work space off campus outfitted with 3D printers, a vinyl cutter, a CNC cutter and a laser printer. Weekly, students will spend (on average) one class period at Mt. Scott designing projects and one day at the off-site work space to actualize projects. Students age 18 and older have the opportunity to earn a paid internship during the summer with an industry partner.

Coding Elective

This course will instruct students in the basics of writing computer programs. Students will learn coding fundamentals such as developing computer algorithms, the importance of correct syntax and computing concepts such as computer logic, compilation and operation. Students will also learn and hone problem-solving skills in order to complete complex computing tasks. During the course, students will be taught to write code in the javascript language. They will create small text-based mini games, learn to take user input and process it. The culmination of the course will have the students build an interactive game called snake, with simple graphics, movement and scorekeeping. The course will combine instruction with resources from to ensure student success.

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