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Portage Community High School shares a campus on the corner of Milham and Oregon Avenue with Portage North Middle School and Portage Northern High School and creates a welcoming, family-like, supportive atmosphere for students who have not found success at a "traditional" high school but are still committed to their education.

Students at Community High School complete the same Michigan Merit Curriculum as all other students in the district. They use the same books and take the same assessments as students at Portage Northern and Portage Central, but what sets Community High school apart is block scheduling for credit recovery, small class sizes, and generous amounts of one-on-one interaction from the staff, who specialize in turning challenges into opportunities.

Community High School also promotes successful work and pre-college habits through extensive use of the Positive Behavior Support and Intervention program.

Community High School graduates receive a full Portage Public Schools high school diploma -not a GED- upon completion.

Community High School won "District of the Year" by the Michigan Alternative & Adult Education Association for 2006. This was the second time we have been honored with this award. We are also proud to have multiple-time M.I.A.A.A. State Champion volleyball teams, championship softball teams, and a school newspaper that has been recognized at the state and national levels. We also partner with several area organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club and Rotary Club, to provide a wide variety of enrichment opportunities for our students.

Mission Statement:

We strive to create an environment of students and staff who are productive, engaged, and empowered to make positive choices.

Do you have a student who is not finding success in a traditional high school environment? Are they skipping class, failing classes, getting behind in credit, or simply feeling like they don't "fit in"? Community High School can help. Our staff, who are highly trained in academic and behavior intervention and support, create a compassionate learning environment with daily one-on-one instruction that allows students to experience success and develop important social and academic skills.

We are now enrolling for the 2015-2016 school year and are excited to meet with you and your student to see how we can make his/her dreams of attaining a Portage Public Schools high school diploma a reality.

Our summer hours for enrollment are 8am-3pm on the following days:

June 9th-30th: Monday - Friday 8am-3pm

July: Closed

August 3rd-31st: Monday - Friday 8am - 3pm

September: Closed the 4th and 7th; school beings the 8th

Please use the back parking lot entrance by the basketball hoop. If you have questions for a 9th or 10th grader, please call Underclassmen Student Services Coordinator Leslie Begnoche at 269-323-6771. If you have questions for a junior or a senior, please call Upperclassmen Student Services Coordinator Krista Higgason at 269-323-6761.

Don't wait; the choices you make today have the ability to impact all of your tomorrows!


There are many Portage-area resources providing meals to students and their families who are in need this summer.

  • Free sack lunches will be provided by Portage Public Schools for any child 18 years old or younger from June 15-August 21 at Community High School, Milham Meadows Apartments, and Colonial Acres Village from 12:15-1:00 pm. No ID is required and you do not have to be a PPS student.

  • Kalamazoo Valley Family Church on Vincent Drive (near Oakland and I94) also has their Free Friday Groceries program, where families in need can receive the necessities from 10:00 am to noon every Friday at no charge. No ID or proof of address is required.

  • The Twelve Baskets Food Pantry at 10332 Portage Road is giving away free meals on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 8:30 am to noon. They primarily serve those in the Portage, Schoolcraft, Three Rivers, and Vicksburg areas with exceptions for families in temporary housing situations. Students 18 years old and older need their CoHS ID but will be served regardless of their address. Children under 18 need to bring the parent or adult that they live with and their proof of address.



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