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Portage Central High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1386 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted April 26, 2013

MY school isn't the best, there are druggies and pot heads in in, freely talking about it and when teachers here, the don't do ANYTHING. So besides that and the fights and bullying that you just have to put up with a any high school, my school does have good musical side to it. If your kids a music person, this is the school for them!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 6, 2010

Made the 2009 list of Top 500 schools in the nation, and is one of the few public schools on that list. Excellent teaching and counseling staff. Administration not flawless but above average. Nationally recognized Debate, Drama, Soccer programs, one of the only 4 schools in Michigan that offers the prestigious International Baccalaureate Program. Higher graduation rate than nearly every other school in the state. This school truly does ensure a student's success in not only academics, but life in general.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 27, 2009

I am a parent of a 2007 grad. Our child received an education equal to any world class private school, all within this wonderful school district. Our child graduated with an IB Diploma and received 30 college credits at U of M for the diploma work - all for free - public education at its finest!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Portage goes beyond offering just the basics and has interesting and challenging elective courses too. In addition they have a wide variety of extracurricular activities for the kids to participate in. It is a coomunity that cares about the education of their children and supports the schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2009

Despite some interesting reviews on this site- This is one of the top school in the state and top 5% in the nation. International Curriculum is outstanding, 41 state championships and counting, national recognition for band, debate, theatre, ect... If someone has troubles with this school then they need to move on because no school will make them happy!


Posted September 5, 2009

This school doesn't even deserve one star. We have had nothing but troubles with this school. Drugs, sex, and violence on school grounds, and what is the principal doing? Trying to be friends with the students while overlooking all of the problems. Everybody in the administration either hates students and/or their jobs, or are lacking intelligence overall. The new school will hopefully take minds off of the horrible staff quality and inability to provide classes that are needed, but after I'm through with this school, I'm moving faaaaaaar, far away from Portage, MI.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 18, 2008

Great school. Will be moving into a fabulous new building in a few years that will finally match the quality of the staff, students and programs. All top notch.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2007

Your child is safe and secure when he or she enters this high school. The staff is wounderful and all know what they are doing
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2007

Communication with parents is poor. The only form of information sent home is through the newsletter. They do have a great website, however finding information quickly is difficult. PIV is a good idea, but teachers don't keep it updated and grades may not accurately reflect real-time. Parents are not notified of detentions until after they are served. Teachers are not very proactive. Counselors are excellent and really want to help students. A very frustrating experience so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2007

I cannot say enough about this school. The staff is professional yet personable. Everything from their websites and newsletters to their curriculum and extra curricular activities are done with excellence. Opportunities for higher learning, college classes in the junior and senior year and State championships in band are some of my highlights of this school. The school counselors are effective in communicating with parents and steering students to achieve their academic requirements. I am glad to have my children attend this very fine school. - Olga
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2006

This is really a great school, excellent parent involvement in fundraisers and programs to help the students. All of the teachers are really high quality and give this school a great education. If I could suggest any school in Kalamazoo County it definitely would be this one.
—Submitted by a student


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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.
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 26% in 2014.

358 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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35%

2013

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
54%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 29% in 2014.

325 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

325 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

325 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
37%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 44% in 2014.

325 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

327 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
62%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) to assess students in grade 11 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The MME is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MME test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

All Students52%
Female46%
Male58%
African Americann/a
Asian79%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities54%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Reading

All Students77%
Female78%
Male76%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities78%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Science

All Students52%
Female46%
Male58%
African Americann/a
Asian63%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities53%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Social Studies

All Students69%
Female62%
Male75%
African Americann/a
Asian79%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Writing

All Students69%
Female72%
Male67%
African Americann/a
Asian84%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) to assess students in grade 11 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The MME is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MME test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

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How schools in the state rate:

19%
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55%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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ACT participation

97%

Average ACT score

22

Graduation rate

>95%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

2 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Michigan high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 83% 69%
Asian 7% 3%
African-American 4% 18%
Hispanic 3% 6%
Multiracial 3% 2%
American Indian 0% 1%
Native Hawaiian 0% 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 15%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Eric Alburtus
Fax number
  • (269) 323-5290

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8135 South Westnedge Ave
Portage, MI 49002
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