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
More than 70% of faculty hold master’s degrees.
Faculty professional development stresses individual student learning
First area district to offer
online learning, parent internet viewer, and
Points of Pride
Washington Post’s “Best High School” ranking includes Central and Northern
The District received “Academic State Champion” status by The Center
Proud participant in the
Aesthetic Education program funded in part through the Michigan Council
of Arts & Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment of 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).
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
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).