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Madison High School

Public | 9-12 | 1100 students

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Posted October 31, 2013

Staff are friendly and helpful. Students are encouraged and rise to parent and educators expectations through classes, clubs, sports and activities. I have had a chance to see my 16 year old daughter succeed and growth beyond my expectations for her. She is currently a junior and has enjoyed her writing classes, chemistry class, choir class and advanced placement us history class. She brainstorms about what classes she wants to take next year. I am thrilled to have such a terrific school and awesome staff in my neighborhood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2013

My son started at Madison with a very poor attitude about his education. Each year he has had teachers that really cared about him and made connections with him. He is in his senior year and has exceeded expectations and plans to attend college. I have found the teachers to be sincere and eager with suggestions when I have had questions or concerns.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2013

I have been impressed with Madison. The staff and teachers truly want the students to succeed at Madison. They are warm and welcoming to new families and easy to work with. The student/teacher time that is built into the schedule provides extra support as does the availability of teachers during early release days. Periodic Saturday schools offer additional comprehensive help for kids that might be struggling in a subject. These academic enhancements are just a few of the things I appreciate about Madison. I have also heard from my freshman that there have been anti bullying conversations which is so important to the well being of all students. I want people to know that the adults at Madison care about there students and school. Madison is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2013

My teenager and I attended several high school open houses prior to choosing which school to attend. At Madison HS, the teachers at the open house outnumbered enthusiastic students They were sincere, engaged, excited about teaching. Though the school is in a working class section of the city, and might have less community and parent support, we chose Madison because we could see how much the teachers had a passion for their work. We both agree it was the right choice, and my girl is growing, learning, being challenged, and being identified as a hard worker by her teachers. Her counselor knows her by name, and lets us both know when opportunities come up for scholarships, college testing, and volunteer opportunities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2013

This high school is Portland Public Schools BEST KEPT SECRET! A place where EVERYONE is accepted and valued. This grateful mom cannot say enough about this absolutely wonderful school! It has provided a place where both my sons have BLOSSOMED. The teachers and staff truly, truly care about these kids and go above and beyond to help them grow into responsibly intelligent adults. My oldest son earned a full ride to the U of O, the old fashioned academic way, thru the guidance and the opportunities provided by these amazing Madison teachers, like Mr Brunak. And you won't find a more caring school office than Gayle, Julie, Principal Callin and ViceP O'Neill. My youngest gets up each day actually ENJOYING going to school (esp Mr Owens & the music program)! This from my previously shy "I hate school" kiddo. He tells me all the time "Mom, SERIOUSLY Madison is such a GREAT SCHOOL!!" And never seen a school that actually IMPLEMENTS the ZERO tolerance on bullying. The Juniors and Seniors let everyone know thats NOT OK AT MADISON and they set the example! They have a INCREDIBLY therapist, Wendy, at the school teen ctr that works with kids who have anxiety/depression. BEST HIGH SCHOOL EVER!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2013

My daughter is a sophomore at Madison and has been able to get 8 classes each year, plus an AP class this year. She has great teachers and is in several clubs and is doing very well academically and socially. This school is one of the best kept secrets.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2013

Madison High School has been a strong community school since 1957! My family is enjoying our 3rd generation of having a student attend it. The special education program especially is above any expectations. Vice-Principal Terri Sing has her ear on every student and truly works endlessly to help them succeed on their high school journey. Go Senators!


Posted October 29, 2013

Madison High School is a very good school, with the Principal's leadership, they are focusing more on students' academic improvement. School alos provides sufficient communication to parents as to what is happening via emails or school website. Teacher's quality is well maintained. As a parent, I feel like I can email my kid's teacher any questions or concerns that I might have and receive response right away.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2013

I have been so impressed these past couple years by so many aspects of Madison. My son's teachers are thoughtful, reassuringly confident and professional, and obviously invested in their students' "real-world" success. There is a low-key, collegial and explicitly supportive atmosphere at Madison that I have not seen in a high school before. Students seem very relaxed and comfortable, and you get the sense that they look out for one another, no matter what their various backgrounds or interests might be. I've also been very pleased about the number of AP classes available, the dedication of the athletic coaches, and various Madison innovations, particularly its Writers in Schools program and its (now city-wide) annual Poetry Slam competition. This is to say nothing of Madison's exceptional music teacher, Jason Owens, who was awarded The Mr. Holland's Opus Outstanding Teacher Award in 2008. We feel very fortunate that Madison is our neighborhood school, and I'm thankful that my kids have a supportive, enriching environment in which to prepare for life after high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2013

Madison has students from so many nationalities, it looks like a United Nations school! Many of the students are immigrants, or are children of immigrants. Over half of the students qualify for free/ reduced lunch. Even with so many demographic "strikes" against the school, the graduation rate for entering freshmen is well above many schools with much more money and resources. My student has received all the personal attention that he needs and is learning and growing well. The teachers are all committed to their work, and spend much time and energy seeing that no student is neglected. Students are encouraged to participate in a wide range of activities, and are allowed to be involved even beyond their abilities. Often they can rise to the challenge and discover new talents, develop new skills. My student has developed friendships with a wide variety of people, and is finding out how rich and interesting the world can be, all within the microcosm of a single middle size high school. I am impressed with the commitment and passion of the teachers. Several could teach at the best private schools, but prefer to be with my kid! And others who need them, of course...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2013

I am the volunteer coordinator of Madison's Writing Center. Madison is a dynamic, diverse school that draws from a United Nations-like community in which more than 30 languages of origin are represented. Within the diversity, there is a remarkable spirit of community and "can do" that is palpable when you walk the halls or participate in school events.


Posted October 29, 2013

Madison is a culturally diverse school. Each time I walk through the halls I see so many different faces looking back at me, open and welcoming. It creates a certain hard to describe energy in the air. My daughter spent two years in the Midwest before attending Madison, and although the schools were better funded, they were not wealthier. They were flat and felt one dimensional. We are proud to be parents of a Madison Senator.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

Madison High School has a wonderfully diverse and welcoming student body and a group of highly qualified and dedicated teachers. The person that really pushes our school to be its best though is our excellent principal, Petra Callin. She leads by setting an excellent example of involvement, hard work and achievement. Through her hard work and dedication to the students, parents and teachers, our school is improving its academic standing and its position in the community as a school where students will be eager to attend and parents will feel lucky to send their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

We love Madison! The teachers and staff are fantastic. We are so glad we are part of this community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2013

Thank you Madison High School! Madison was a wonderful place for my high achieving daughter. The teachers were great--she got 5s in the 7 AP tests she took. She was one of 2 students in PPS to get a perfect ACT score. In addition to nurturing her academically, Madison gave her friends from all different backgrounds. She got to sing and act. The music and drama programs are great. The teachers are very committed and do so much to help the kids. I can't rate Madison high enough. If you are considering school options, think about Madison. It's a truly great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2013

My daughter thrived through 4 years of Art and Academics at Madison to graduate with the skills to be accepted into one of the most demanding private colleges in Oregon. Along with excellent offerings in the "3 Rs", Madison sports more Art classes than any other Portland high school. Madison is Portlandia at its most creative. I've been particularly impressed with Madison's theater department including all ages, abilities, body types and sexual identifications in its productions. To call Madison's music department "inspiring" would be just beginning a conversation about its worth to the students, their parents and NE Portland. Madison is the real world with dozens of languages, skin colors, interests and opportunities to grow. I'd give 5 stars if there was greater parent involvement plus I leave room for growth as my other daughter progresses through Madison.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2012

Madison is a great school that is on an upward path thanks to the PPS High School reorganization including common core curriculum district wide. This has been a perfect match for my Son who would get lost in the shuffle of a large, more crowded school. Strong core programs and plenty of AP courses available for everyone. I think of Madison as a phoenix rising from the Gates Foundations ashes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2012

Madison is definitely one of Portland's best kept secrets. With its dedicated teachers, outstanding principal, and diverse student body, Madison provides an excellent academic and social education. Our daughter, currently a freshman, has always been a curious, motivated student. After meeting the principal and several teachers, and knowing the studious nature of my daughter's peers from middle school, my husband and I had no hesitation about sending her to Madison. Her classes are challenging and, after only a few months, her teachers know her strengths and weaknesses, when to push her and when to give her extra support. She's also meeting people from a wide variety of economic and ethnic backgrounds, which we consider to be an invaluable part of her education. I encourage all families to look beyond the test scores (which represent a stunningly diverse student body, including many students who have only recently immigrated to the U.S. and who combined speak 40-some languages) and walk into the Madison building. You'll be impressed by who and what you encounter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2011

Madison is a great school if you like going to one that is broken, run down, dirty, and doesnt have classes that provide high levels of learning. I love my school, yes, but I'd rather go to one that helps me keep me challenged, Madison does not do this


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2010.

2010

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2010.

2010

 
 
51%
Science

2010

 
 
37%
Writing

2010

 
 
37%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

276 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

282 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
44%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 60% in 2013.

269 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
53%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

All Students64%
Female62%
Male67%
African American33%
Asian/Pacific Islander74%
Hispanic57%
Multiracial73%
Native American>=95%
White72%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities24%
English language learners40%
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted94%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female72%
Male72%
African American59%
Asian/Pacific Islander54%
Hispanic68%
Multiracial73%
Native American>=95%
White90%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities59%
English language learners13%
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students37%
Female33%
Male43%
African American14%
Asian/Pacific Islander33%
Hispanic18%
Multiracial18%
Native American43%
White64%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disabilities12%
English language learners<=5%
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted88%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students52%
Female56%
Male47%
African American31%
Asian/Pacific Islander42%
Hispanic45%
Multiracial46%
Native American57%
White72%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities30%
English language learners5%
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 39% 66%
Black 21% 3%
Hispanic 19% 21%
Asian 13% 4%
Two or more races 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 64%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Roseway Heights
Jason Lee
Vestal
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
German
Spanish
Vietnamese
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Industrial / graphic design
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Dance club: Breakdancing
  • Drum line
  • Literary magazine
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Clubs
  • Debate
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:15 am
School Leader's name
  • Petra Callin
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (503) 916-2702

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Agriculture
  • Health Sciences
  • Industrial / graphic design

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Asian Family Services
  • SUN Programs
  • EL Programma Hispano
  • IRCO
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Dance club: Breakdancing
  • Debate
  • Drum line
  • Gardening
  • Literary magazine
  • National Honor Society
  • Red Cross
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteering
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