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About This School

Metropolitan Learning Center is a public high school in Portland. 440 students attend Metropolitan Learning Center and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. 26% of the 440 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Metropolitan Learning Center is 20:1. Lincoln High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 83% 55%
Hispanic 6% 13%
Multiracial 4% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 11%
Asian 3% %
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 15%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26% 44%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    With the caveat that my daughter is in kindergarten and I am unaware of what the current principal is doing that is different from past leadership my daughter's experience here has been great. Some days I really feel like she won the lottery (unfortunately she had to) because of how wonderful the school community is. She is appreciating learning through MLC's experiential learning model. Similar to her Montessori pre-school MLC also continues multi-age education by having older "reading buddies" come into her class to read to the younger kids. This give my daughter connection to the larger school and also will give her the opportunity to be of service to the littler school community members later. As to results she's in kindergarten and she reads age appropriate books to me in the car and she can do basic math operations. Finally my child would be a terrible sit-in-a-desk-and-look-at-the-teacher-talk kind of learner. She definitely needs a hands on learning experience (I think most kids do) and she definitely appreciates what she gets from the program. The principal has lost the trust of the parents so will revise if this if warranted

  • (6 months ago)

    I'm sad to say that the wonderful MLC that everyone has heard about for 30 years is being dismantled by the current principal and is being streamlined to be like every other school. She does not understand or value the amazing program that she was entrusted with and the damage is heartbreaking. After 11 years with 3 kids we are looking elsewhere.

  • (6 months ago)

    The school is wonderful and was even more amazing before the current principal Macarre Traynham took over. Her poor leadership disregard for teacher and parent perspectives and top-down authoritarian style is the antithesis of the collaborative inclusive community that MLC strives to be. I think she is there to "make her mark" before moving on to "higher" places but I hope there is enough of MLC left to put back together after she leaves.

  • (2 years ago)

    We came to MLC from Joyful Noise East (best daycare ever!) and didn't look back at all. The parent and volunteer community is beyond fabulous. Vegans hang out happily with meat eaters and everybody is determined not only to make it work but to enjoy the heck out of it. There's a determined attempt by the staff to teach acceptance and it seems to work - older kids help younger kids and the hallway feels some days like a big party. The only downside is the limited size of the student body - the building is big but K-12 is a lot to fit in and that means at the upper levels there is less opportunity for large organized endeavors (sports etc.)

  • (4 years ago)

    My kids had a great experience here. Innovative caring teachers addressing different learning styles and good values no discrimination service to others awareness of the environment respect for differences.

  • (4 years ago)

    Creative community based learning in a small school serving all of Portland Oregon since 1968.

  • (5 years ago)

    I was planning on homeschooling until we found MLC. It is truly a community and emphasizes respect of others.

  • (5 years ago)

    5 starts! I think MLC is an excellent school. We have a 2nd grader at MLC. The community of parents involved in the school is incredible. the teachers are exceptional. We love it.

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