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6450 U.S. 6
Portage, IN 46368

(219) 764-6026
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3 stars
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January 23, 2014
Very good school and teachers. Lots of programs for kids. My niece attends there and my daughter will too.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2013
I like the communication avenues that are available. They understand that parents work the same hours as they do. Being able to log onto the system and get comments on my son as well as grades is great. I can come up with a plan of action for him before he fails not after he receives a bad grade. They schedule registration through the evening so whatever schedule you work you can attend and take care of business. Automated updates through email of your childs standing in all of his or her classes.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2012
A freshman at IU Bloomington, I am now developing a great respect for Portage High School. I enjoyed my time at PHS and was very involved. Being a large school, PHS can offer things like being able to take 7 AP classes at once, participating in over 25 clubs, or taking multiple foreign languages at once, like I did. The administration and advisors will work with you as much as you allow them to. Upon request, they helped me prepare the most pristine college application I could, resulting in acceptance into two Ivy League schools, as well as IUB. Thanks to the opprotunities PHS has to offer and the dilligent help from the guidance department, I was awarded close to six figures in scholarships, well over a full ride to IU. I really can appreciate the quality of the teachers as I enter college as well. College placement exams are a breeze to say the least. To put things in perspective, I scored a perfect on my Calculus placement exam and finished the test in 8 minutes of the hour allotted; students from schools neighboring PHS that took the same course did not perform nearly as well. Nor am I an outlier; my classmates have similar stories. There is no better school in NWI than PHS.

- submitted by a student
October 09, 2011
As a PHS senior, I have seen almost all the ins and outs of the school. I have been involved with just about every organization throughout my high school career. My first year at the high school, I thought the school was terrible, and the administration was out to pick on the students. However, as I become less wet behind the ears, I now can see the administration is actually extremely friendly and easy to work with, with only the students best interest in mind. The same goes with the teachers; they don't want to make you fail, they want to see you succeed. Almost all of my teachers have offered after school study sessions, their private phone numbers and email addresses so we can call for help on homework, and numerous other online resources. There are countless phenomenal teachers, but just like anything else there are a few bad apples. Luckily, the school is HUGE; if a student gets a bad English teacher, he can easily work with one of the other 30 amazing teachers, so long as they are willing to work. My opinion of the school went up immensely when I started looking at the other schools in the region; Portage my not be perfect, but it's the closest thing to it in the region.

- submitted by a student
November 20, 2010
I went here in the 1990's, and had a mixed experience. Classes: Considering the fact that PHS is one of the largest schools in Indiana, large class sizes for classes like english comp and other required courses for all students was no surprise. For niche and advanced coursework like foreign language, industrial arts, and honors classes, the class sizes are much smaller and the students and faculty generally care more about making students learn the material. Extracuriccular activities: There are plenty of after-school activities for students. I was in band/orchestra for 4 years. Bottom Line: PHS can be like a meat locker where you're just student # XXXX if you don't participate in after school activities or advanced level/niche classes due to having over 2000 students at the place. There are opportunities for social interaction and advanced learning if you seek them out; nobody is going to hold your hand and do the work for you.

- submitted by a community member
November 16, 2010
i used to go to school here... untill they finally caught up with me and my 72 absences. that says alot of the faculty so i didnt care to go to an adult education program.

- submitted by a community member
April 08, 2010
I am a parent and employee of PTS. I have mixed emotions about some of the reviews I have read and the school itself. First, the one thing I dont have a problem with is the safety at the school. Previous reviews on that subject are just plain wrong. Nothing has ever happened at the school to warrant those remarks. I too feel some of the teachers don't care or are underqualified. My child has went to a few teachers for help that 'didn't have the time'...but most care and will help. The school does offer after school help on a regular basis. Extra curricular activities are encouraged (athletic academic). They are both important to administration but not the only thing that is important. They push grades amoung all students. The biggest problem at the school is lack of school pride. Students act like the ae entitled and privaleged.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2009
The principal and staff are excellent, from the teachers to the custodians there is no one employed there that isn't committed to the students educations! The bus drivers and assistants are awesome too! I always feel confident and secure when my son goes to school, I know he is in good hands. Even though I recently got married, I am staying here until my son finishes his last year at Portage High. I can't even think of him going to another school. Portage Township School System rocks!!!!

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September 10, 2009
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no rating June 08, 2009
I graduated from portage last year and i was glad to get out, it seemed to just get worse and worse each year that i was there, we had a lot of new teachers that alot of the kids just didnt want to listen to what they had to say. so you didnt really learn anything that you already didnt know. Id say there is alot of changes that need to be made such as more rules enforced for students as well as teachers. There was only a couple of good teachers to get that will actually care such as mr. Mundt he is one of the best i had there

- submitted by a community member
April 22, 2009
Portage is doing really good with the better staff they have now

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March 08, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2008
I am a current freshman at PSH and I am very unsatisfied with my school. Teachers and students alike are disrespectful. Most of the teachers just don't care. Most of the students just come because they have to. One of my teachers this year doesn't even have a teaching license! I feel I haven't been learning anything all year. Text messaging is so easy to get away with, and if you're caught they just say put it away. I am using the reviews in here for a PowerPoint presentation to convince my parents to let me transfer to another local school. I don't recommend this school.

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December 09, 2008
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November 30, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating September 21, 2008
I believe that the school has gotten better but stilll have many many improvements because it feels like you guys just dont care still. The teachers roll there eyes at you or give that additude like get away if you mess up and the rules are not inforced. Dress code has pretty much disapeared and texting(I have seen) has gotten worst. You dont take away phones anymore so its pretty much just an oh well thing and Last year you could skip class so much easier. Its stupid! I feel like being there I hardly learn anything. Plus classes are way to crouded will you do anything about it?

- submitted by a student
August 19, 2008
Registered our teens today and the staff was very polite and professional. Seems to be a good school and we are impressed with the PHS' goal to have all students take time out to read for 30 minutes every school morning. We also appreciate the principal's direct involvement with us as new residents of Portage. Thanks, LDH

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July 15, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
June 03, 2008
I am a current student at PHS. I will be going into my Junior year next year. I must say that the class sizes are way too big and there is a big problem with student attitude. I had an Etymology class this semester with a whopping total of 9 students in the class. I learned a lot in this class, much more than I did with my Accellerated English class of 33. The class sizes desperately need to be reduced and something needs to be done about the attitude of the students, and teachers as well. No one seems to care about anything except athletics anymore. It doesn't matter if you are Valedictorian of the school, you still don't matter because the school bases everything on athletics. This is a wonderful school to learn but the teachers and principals need some guidance as to what's important in making a school.

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April 20, 2008
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- submitted by a student
April 17, 2008
I attended PHS my freshman and sophomore years. I was very dissatisfied with the school administraton and safety. I did not feel safe at this school and was not excited to learn. After my dad's job transfer I attended Coe- Brown Northwood Academy in NH and had a completely different school experience. Teachers cared about the students! Unfortunately, this came as a shock to me after my experience at PHS. There were a few AMAZING teachers, but overall the student attitude and respect between staff and students proved to be very disheartening.

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April 05, 2008
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- submitted by a student
February 14, 2008
Yes, it is true that the freshman building setup is a little distracting if you have a loud teacher next door. as for the crime that everyone keeps mentioning, we have a police officer, officer troy on hand at all times. Some teachers do act as if they don't care if you learn or not, but if the student doesn't care why should the teacher? I am a student at this high school that everyone hates so much so i have witnessed everything first hand. As for the principles, they aren't the greatest, but that irrelevant because they don't have much say in what goes on at the high school, mike berta the superintendent does. He is the most stuborn person you will ever meet. and instead of complaing on here you should be telling him all this. you can find his email address on www.portage.k12.in.us/

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February 10, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2007
Portage High School is one of the school district in Northwestern Indiana has an excellent curriculum.

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November 22, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2007
I'm a Fresnman at PHS and I have to say, I hate it there. The teachers don't care whether you learn or not. There are way to many kids in one class and the walls are not complete so you can't hear what's going on in your own class. There are many other problems with PHS. One right now is MIRSA. PHS dosn't do a good job of letting Parents know anything about the school. I don't feel safe a PHS. And that's the one, of many, things that should matter.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2007
My high school experience wasn't that great. Don't get me wrong, there are a select FEW teachers who actually take care of students. I have also watched students smoking cigarettes outside of the school as I walk to class. You can basically get away with stuff if you were a jock or a thug.

- submitted by a former student
July 09, 2007
There is much too many students in each class, and many of the teachers my son has had dont seem to care much about actually teaching the kids. If your child isnt in any sports programs, or a straight A student, they do not get any attention paid to them. Its really a sad lesson they are teaching our children.. Also Ive gone to pick up my child several times after school to see two kids in the grass fighting, with no school personal stepping in. but they sure dont miss the kids with an I pod at lunch!!!

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June 04, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2007
I am nolonger a student at Portage High school and that is for some of the reason mentioned before. I like the school when I first came but as I got toward the end I didn't anymore and I had to get out. I was a straight A student with a 4.0 GPA but none of that mattered all they cared about was if I was there. They would take my credits and everything when I was sick for more then three days and then make me work for nothing. I got tired of it I had to get out.I did learn there though and I had many friends and fun times there, but that is not what school is about. I think it's a good school for learning but what is the point of the students doing there best to learn if their credits are taken

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January 25, 2007
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November 04, 2006
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- submitted by a student
October 06, 2006
Quality of athletic programs is declining, student crime is increasing, classroom size is too big and parent involvement is low. What happened to school spirit? The football games are 1/2 capacity anymore and the excitemnet is gone. What is the cause? I wish I could afford parochial school so my youngest son does not have to attend PHS.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2006
i am not a parent of a student at this school. i am actually a current student. i have only been at phs for 2 years but so much has happened in that short of time. i do not feel safe going to school at all. a 16 year old sophmore shouldnt have to worry about being shot and killed when they go to school. the teacher quality is okay. the main priblem i have with them is that they have favorites. phs is more worried about athletics rahter than the education of their students.

- submitted by a student
April 21, 2006
I believe that the quality of the school has gone extremely downhill. The administration is too worried about what the students are wearing to realize that there is a bigger problem within the school with racism, threats, drugs, and kids feeling unsafe in school. A school is a place were you are supposed to go to learn and feel safe but if you ask any student in there 3 out of 5 will tell you that they feel unsafe, bulied by the teachers, and arent learning at the best possible quality that they should be.

- submitted by a student
February 27, 2006
I have a child that graduated in 2005 and I will be moving away before my youngest starts highschool. I attended PHS in the 80's and loved it, but there is no longer much school spirit or involvement. It is very sad to see the lack of enthusiasm and attendance at extracurricular events. My oldest child did not like her experience at PHS and graduated mid-term just to get out. I was not impressed with much, the administrators, some of the coaches, or the education. There are some great teachers at PHS, but I will put my youngest child in a smaller school with lower teacher/student ratios, better ISTEP scores, and more school spirit. My opinion is similar to several of my friends and acquaintances with children.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2006
I believe that a good number of teachers at PHS have either been around too long to care about the students or are too new and want to be seen as the students' equal or as being 'cool.' I dread sending my girls to this school -- teachers and administrators walk around with their eyes closed most of the time, unless your student wears a pair of flannel pants to school, then all of a sudden, they care about enforcing a dress code policy! Teachers and administrators -- GET INVOLVED AGAIN! Isn't this why you got into education in the first place?

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2005
This is a very poorly run school. Class sizes are too large, around 30 per class. School board does not look into issues such as coaches having kids write checks to them instead of the school for fundraisers.

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March 04, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
February 11, 2005
Most of the teachers and administrators at this school are A+. There are a few that should be fired for attitude, lack of effective role modeling and lack of desire to truly teach. I disagree with with the figure that says student teacher ratio is 18-1. My children have 25-30 other students in most of their classes. Admistrators should monitor classroom teaching to weed out ineffective teachers. Scores will improve on ISTEPS when classroom size is reduced.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2004
Teacher quality needs to be improved. Administration is out of date with the current needs of the students.

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Portage High School
6450 U.S. 6, Portage, IN  46368
(219) 764-6026
Last modified Portage High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Portage High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 49 reviews.