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Embracing Jefferson’s Gains and Future

2/10/2016, 1:27 p.m.
Self Enhancement, Inc., the social services organization and public charter school serving Portland’s black community, will host a community-wide celebration ...
Jefferson High School achieves a historic turnaround in graduate rates.

Self Enhancement, Inc., the social services organization and public charter school serving Portland’s black community, will host a community-wide celebration honoring Jefferson High School for recently achieving an 80 percent graduation rate.

The celebration in the SEI auditorium, 3920 N. Kerby Ave., on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m., will feature a brief program to highlight the pivotal role a partnership between SEI, Jefferson High School, and the Cascade Campus of Portland Community College has had on lifting Jefferson’s graduation rate in five years, from 55 percent to 80 percent. Around 200 people including past alumni, current students and families, and members of the community at large are expected to attend.

Since Jefferson is the only predominantly African-American high school in the state, there will also be some discussion on the future of the school and how Portland’s black community can rally around it to make sure the school stays accessible to African-American students.

Speakers will include Tony Hopson, SEI president and chief executive officer; Margaret Calvert, Jefferson High School principal; and other staff from SEI, Jefferson and PCC.