by: PHOTO COURTESY: NORTH CLACKAMAS SCHOOL DISTRICT - Patrick Iaboni, a health-services instructor at the Sabin-Schellenberg Center, leads a class in nursing at the largest high school career-training facility in the state.Will you be a high school freshman or sophomore in the upcoming school year? Do you live in the in the Gladstone, Oregon City, Lake Oswego, or Riverdale districts; the Portland Public Schools attendance areas of Wilson, Cleveland or Franklin high schools; the West Linn High School attendance area; or south of Powell Boulevard in the David Douglas School District?

Then the North Clackamas School Board wants you to apply for one of 50 open slots at Milwaukie and Rex Putnam high schools, where students can take elective classes at the Sabin-Schellenberg Center, the state’s largest career-technical center, with 15 hands-on programs providing college-credit opportunities. (Within hours of the board’s approval of the transfer program on Thursday night, the district has already received several applications.)

Another part of NCSD’s pitch is that both high schools have competitive band, orchestra, choir, drama and athletic programs, and a large number of on-site courses in which students can earn college credits. Milwaukie has on-site health care free to students and a newly renovated arts center. Rex Putnam offers the county’s only International Baccalaureate college preparatory program and a newly renovated building.

“Providing students with engaging, challenging learning opportunities to pursue their individual interests is a huge catalyst for academic success,” said Superintendent Matt Utterback. “In North Clackamas, we offer a full spectrum of electives—from college-level AP and International Baccalaureate courses and career-technical programs to first-rate performing and visual arts. We work to meet each student’s unique needs.”

Under Oregon’s open-boundaries law, approved in 2011, students admitted under the law’s provisions gain permanent district-resident status. Current district applicants have first priority for the designated openings. All applications (in-district and external) are due April 1.

For information and application forms, visit or contact the schools:

Rex Putnam High School & International Baccalaureate Programme: 503-353-5870; Milwaukie High School: 503-353-5840; Sabin-Schellenberg Career-Technical Center: 503-353-5940.

If you need help filling out your application, call 503-353-6044.

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