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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
We love Madison! The teachers and staff are fantastic. We are so glad we are part of this community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.
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.
To start a new list, click OK. Otherwise click Cancel.
Thank you! You will begin to receive newsletters from us shortly.
Thanks for verifying your updated email address.
Oops! That email verification link has expired. Please click the button below to receive a new one.
Create an account to submit your answers.
Sign in with an existing GreatSchools account or using Facebook:
Your review has been posted to GreatSchools.
Share with friends! Post your opinion of Madison High School on Facebook.
Welcome to GreatSchools!
Thanks! We just sent you an email – please click on the link in the email to post your answers.
Get timely updates for Madison High School, including performance data and recently posted user reviews.