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Fast Facts

8,700 students throughout 8 elementary, 3 middle, and 2 high schools.

Outstanding results in student achievement in all testing measurements.

Half of all high school juniors and seniors take International Baccalaureate classes. 

More than 70% of faculty hold master’s degrees.

Faculty professional development stresses individual student learning styles.

First area district to offer online learning, parent internet viewer, and campus-wide wireless.

Points of Pride

Washington Post’s “Best High School” ranking includes Central and Northern High Schools.

The District received “Academic State Champion” status by The Center for Michigan.

Portage Public Schools aesthetic education programming with Kalamazoo RESA’s Education for the Arts is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.    

The District was named to the 4th Annual AP Honor Roll in 2013 by the College Board.

Northern High School’s Media Center selected as the “top school library” in Michigan by the American Association of School Libraries (top 35 in nation).

West Middle School recognized in 2012 by the Michigan Department of Education as a High Performing Reward school.

First district in Michigan to have officially authorized Confucius classrooms, offering early exposure to Chinese language / culture.

City of Portage, Portage Schools, and the Portage District Library recently launched a unique cooperative marketing effort to promote services to residents and businesses.
Recent Michigan “Teacher-of-the-Year” awards in Earth Science, Physics, and Forensics.

Community support as seen through the recent bond campaign resulting in one new high school; a partially new and partially renovated high school, two new elementary schools, and technology upgrades district-wide.

Continuing support of the District by our two school foundations, both with volunteer governing boards: Portage Education Foundation (est. 1990) and Portage Athletic Foundation (est. 1981).


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