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Mar292011

Jefferson High: A school of choice? 

There seems to be a pretty consistent, if not myopic, synopsis about Portland’s public schools. That is, that schools are hit-or-miss on the eastside and more consistently good on the westside.

Test scores generally support that sweeping generalization, as does socioeconomic data, which arguably, supports the notion that middle-class neighborhoods have better schools than poor neighborhoods.

I recently met a mother who challenges that theory. Or at least, demonstrates how important it is to look beyond test scores and demographics when considering the best school for your kid. 

Shelly, who doesn’t want her full name associated with criticisms of Portland’s schools, is the mother of three boys who lives in north Portland. She used the district’s school choice policy to send her oldest to southwest Portland’s Wilson High . He now attends Portland State University. Her middle son is a Wilson High student now.

Her youngest will enter high school next year, but instead will join 39 other incoming freshman who will attend Jefferson High instead of their neighborhood school

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