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Portal Middle/High School

Public | PK, 6-12

 

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Posted November 14, 2010

The staff there, has their picks. If you dont have money or well known in the town you would get pushed under the rug and not to mention the bullying there. If you were not a well known student you didnt get help. Hopefully it has changed but what I hear it hasn't. I dropped out in my 11th grade year, because of the bullying & I have become a better person since i have left!


Posted May 3, 2009

I think portal is a great institution for learning, but as far a social life, since portal is soo small there is not many things to do.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 20, 2008

I am a student at PMHS. I strongly disagree with most of these reviews. These parents have no idea what they are talking about! If you spent every day at this wonderful school, you'd understand that our teachers are fantastic at their jobs! I have made straight A's all throughout my middle and high school years and it's all because of these wonderful people! I believe that most of the problems we have with behavior and insubordination stem from bad upbringing. If you parents would raise your children to respect their elders, then they wouldnt have to be told more than once to tuck in their shirt tails! I'm going to be a senior this year, and I can safely say that I feel prepared for the real world because of all the love and support from the tightly knit crowd of folks at Portal Middle High School. Thank you.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 23, 2007

Portal is a great school. We take acedemics very seriously here, and despite what people may think, our schooling is definitely the most important thing here, not football or cheerleading [or softball, baseball, basketball.] And players of the sports don't get special attention either, really. We're just recognized because we're involved in an activity. Of course we have disadvantages, [like not having many clubs, or sports like soccer or tennis] since we're so much smaller than most schools, but we're a smart bunch and most of us take our grades seriously. As for the dress code, it is really strict, but it's just something you're going to have to deal with. Overall, I really think that Portal is a much better choice of public school to go to than any other in Bulloch County if you want a quality education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 6, 2006

Hi, I will be a senior at Portal next year and I love it. Yeah, there are some disadvantages of going to a small school like lack of AP/Advanced classes, but were working on it and I honestly believe that the bad outweighs the good. In response to us not reaching our potentisl, I strongly disagree. Portal teachers have really helped me realize what I want to do in life and have inspired me so much I would like to become a Math Teacher and even teach at Portal. To say that 90% of the teachers are bad is just wrong!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 23, 2005

PHS is a very bad school so think twice about puting you chil/childern in PMHS. The principal care all about the football team and cheerleaders(popular people)! Thank You
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2005

Portal Middle High School is just like any other school in Bulloch County. We teach, we learn. The main problem is that everyone is more concerned about our looks than our learning! I mean, come on, who cares if your shirt tail is out or if your chewing gum in class. I understand that it is the rules, however, if a student wants to do something, they are going to do it no matter what others say! The teachers and principal just need to stop worring about this kind of stuff and really teach the material. How else is a person supposed to get the proper education! Thankx!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 5, 2005

This is a great school. After reading the other reviews, i felt compelled to reply. Dress code issues should not even be a concern. The students and parents know the rules and have to sign a document indicating that they have read and understand them. So not dressing accordingly creates a compeling waste of everyone's time--the student, parent, school administration, iss coordinator and the students regular teachers. I have witnessed no problem with the academics there now. In fact, i find them to be of very high standards. This high standard is not only indicated by my child's individual performance but overall test scores for the school. Acadmics are the number 1 priority there--but you must follow the rules in the process. Music, art and athletics are available to all students. The one area of concern i have is parental involvement--come to the pta meetings! great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2005

this is a very overrated school. The students are blistfully unaware of the lack of education they are recieving from their teachers. These students have endless potential, but they dont have any one to help them reach their potential. All the teachers here are not bad, but 90% of them are.I get the impression that this school focuses more on 'dress code' than education. Yes I know it is a rule but putting these kids in ISS for two days just because their shirt tail might hang loose is simply unacceptable. These are potentially doctors,lawyers, and money making adults, and to take away the 'teachers' lesson if you want to call it that is unfair to the minds of these hard working children. These kids come to learn and the teachers come for the money, there is no heart in the so called lesson these teachers barely teach. Thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 92% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

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92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 96% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
83%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 78% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
44%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 93% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 95% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 85% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
72%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 83% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
47%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 94% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 97% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
51%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 78% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
46%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 82% in 2012.

56 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
81%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA) to students in grades 5 and 8. The MGWA is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

49 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

46 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

49 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
92%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 80% in 2011.

48 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
63%

2009

 
 
88%
Scale: % at or above passing

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) in English language arts, math, science and social studies to students in grade 11. The GHSGT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass all parts of the GHSGT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 95% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT) to students in grade 11. The GHSWT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass the GHSWT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

9th Grade Literature

The state average for 9th Grade Literature was 86% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 30% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
American Literature

The state average for American Literature was 91% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
84%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
61%
Coordinate Algebra

The state average for Coordinate Algebra was 37% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
42%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 29% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
7%

2010

 
 
12%
Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 59% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
39%
Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 83% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) in 9th grade math levels 1 and 2, biology, United States history, physical science, American literature and economics. The EOCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 56% 44%
Black 36% 37%
Hispanic 5% 12%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Shawn Haralson
Fax number
  • (912) 865-5659

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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27245 US Highway 80 W
Portal, GA 30450
Phone: (912) 842-8360

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