November 28, 2012
As my oldest child approached the end of eighth grade and we were considering his options for high school (magnet school, private vs. public, etc.), I was hearing a lot of positive buzz about Madison from both parents and students. This usually took the form of "Portland's best-kept secret", attributed to various factors, including the largest number of AP courses of any Portland high school, an engaged and energized new principal, excellent teachers who are truly invested in their students' success, a "rock-star" music educator, and an overall vibe of community, camaraderie, and optimism that extends across a diverse student body. I'm happy to report that after repeated visits to Madison over the past six months (orientations, back-to-school night, concerts, parent-teacher conferences, PTA) I have found all of these assessments/characterizations to be right on. My over-achieving, easily-bored son is very happy to be there. His teachers recognize his gifts and have pushed him accordingly. And, fortunately, there are ample opportunities at Madison for him to excel. For these reasons, I now count myself as a Madison "fan", and I'm elated that it's our neighborhood school.
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