FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I came to an information session last year; do I have to come again?
Yes, to ensure that your child is eligible to be considered in the first round of application reviews, you will need to attend another information
My child was waitlisted last year at MLC; do I have to apply again this year?
Yes. The admissions process must be completed for your child if they are not currently enrolled at MLC. This includes attending a visitor
day/information night and an application.
I already have a child at MLC; do I still need to attend the visitor day?
In order to ensure that you have the most up to date program information, we ask that you attend an information session even if you have a child
enrolled at MLC.
I’m participating in the PPS school choice lottery; can I select MLC as one of my choices?
No, MLC is not part of the PPS school choice lottery. MLC has a separate application process. Applicants should prioritize and list up to 3
schools, besides MLC, that they would like to attend. Contact the PPS Enrollment Center for additional information.
How many students are selected for admission at the various grade levels?
We offer 24 kinder slots, 2 first grade slots, 26 6 th grade slots initially. In addition, we offer approximately 35 HS slots later in the spring after our
8th graders notify us as to their plans. A limited number of slots at the other grades are offered when students leave.
What are you looking for when reviewing the application?
MLC is looking for students who are going to thrive in an inclusive and collaborative environment. Other areas that we account for when
reviewing applications are:
If the applicant has a sibling already enrolled at MLC
Balanced gender in classes, particularly Kindergarten
Students who reside within PPS boundaries
What if my address is outside PPS boundary?
You are welcome to apply to MLC if you live outside of the PPS district, our district policy requires that we consider in–district students before out of
district transfers. In addition to the MLC application you must also apply for an interdistrict transfer through your home district.
Can I schedule a shadow?
We have several dates available. Kx2 applicants and their parent will be invited to visit a classroom from 8:30-10:00. Applicants for grades
3x12 will “shadow” one of our students and may stay all morning. Please call the registrar at MLC to arrange. 503-916-5739
When will I be notified about waitlist or entrance?
Letters will be mailed mid-April.
What kind of student is most successful?
Successful students at MLC enjoy collaborating with others, purposeful service to our community, fieldwork and community based learning,
adventure, diversity, and choice.
What is the cost of enrolling my student at MLC?
Our kindergarten program is a fee-for-service full day program. The district charges parents for the half day that is not provided by state funding.
This fee is approximately $3300.00 a year. Families that qualify for the Free/Reduced Lunch Program automatically qualify for free fee-for-
Our students take many field trips. Teachers ask families to contribute to a field trip fund at the beginning of each year. Fees range from $75-
$350 depending on the grade. Scholarships are available through the PTSA.
What transportation do you provide?
MLC does not provide any transportation. Transportation is the family’s responsibility. Our students use public transportation, bike, walk and
Can I volunteer?
There are endless opportunities to volunteer at MLC, we welcome your enthusiasm and involvement.
Please contact your student’s teacher or the office for more information and opportunities to volunteer.
Our 6x12 graders, with parent permission, have the option of leaving campus during the lunch hour. This privilege is contingent upon being
respectful and appropriate while off-campus and getting back to school on time.
Hours of operation?
School hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:30-3:00pm. On Fridays we dismiss students at 11:45am. Staff use this Friday afternoon
time for professional development and team planning.
Daycare on site?
Yes. Before school care is available beginning 7:00 am and afterschool care is available until 6:00 pm. The daycare facility is also available
during closure days, winter and spring breaks, and offers a ten week summer camp.
Club and team sports?
There are limited options which vary from year-to-year based on interests of students. High school students clubs in recent years include: Gay Straight
Alliance, Yearbook, Solstice, Prom, Chess and other board games. Sport teams include: basketball, volleyball and quidditich. Interested high school students
may participate in team sports at their neighborhood school.
What about art, music, foreign language, or PE opportunities?
Students in grades 1st thru 8th have opportunities for electives which encompass a variety of topics including art and music. Spanish is taught in
the 7x8 program and both Spanish and French are availailabe to 9x12 students. Students in every grade participate in Physical Education
classes at MLC.
What's with the Community Service requirement for high schoolers? How about middle school?
High school students must complete a minimum of 33 hours/year as part of their METRO credit. Middle school students do not have any requirements
though occasionally will participate in some community service within a class.
What's the purpose of Portfolios?
Students showcase pieces of significant work from each class and reflect on the various educational opportunities they have participated in each
trimester. At the end of the year, students present their portfolio of work to a panel of community members for authentic feedback.
How does a non-graded high school impact college entrance?
Not having a grade point average does not impact students entrance into college as colleges consider test scores and recommendations in
addition to grades. MLC transcripts show students exceeding or meeting requirements in their courses and all transcripts are accompanied by a
letter which explains our grading process and offers a profile of MLC.
Where do MLC students end up going to college?
Last year 55% of our graduating seniors enrolled in 4 year colleges, 25% enrolled at community and technical colleges. Some of the schools are
students chose to attend were:
Brandeis U – MA Macalester College – MN Sarah Lawrence College – NY
California College of Arts – CA Marlboro College – VT Southern Oregon U – OR
Cornish College of the Arts - WA Mt Hood CC – OR South Plains College – TX
Evergreen State College – WA Nova Southeastern U – FL U of Puget Sound – WA
Fashion Institute of Design & Oregon State U – OR U of Oregon – OR
Merchandising – CA Pacific Northwest College of Arts – OR Western Oregon U – OR
Goucher U – MD Portland CC –OR Western Washington – WA
Hampshire College – MA Portland State U – OR Willamette U – OR
Lane College– TN Reed College - OR
Loyola U in New Orleans –LA Regis U – CO