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Portage Northern High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1369 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted March 27, 2013

My daughter graduated in 2012, after 2 years at PNHS. Due to my husbands job we move from State to State a lot. Out of the 4 high schools my children experienced - this was the best. The teachers were dedicated to making sure the kids were geting the most out of what was offered. I had more than one teacher work with my daughter to pull her grades up. The Adminstration seemed fine, but I didn't interact much with them. My daughter graduated prepared for college, more so than she would have been at the HS we were last at.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2011

I am a Senior at Northern and it has honestly been the best high school experience that I could have ever asked for. The teachers and counselors push you to excel. The IB Curriculum is phenomenal. It's a ton of work, but it's definitely helped me prepare for college classes. I'm doing the IB Diploma along with dual enrolling at Western, and honestly, the Western class is much easier compared to my IB classes. The staff members make an effort to get to know you and I know of no one that has something bad to say about this school. It is definitely a great choice to put your children through.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 10, 2008

I'm a graduate of Portage Northern, class of '07. While I think the academic experiences are phenomenal and worth enjoying, the recent changes in administration have made the school less than enjoyable. The administration refuses to listen to students and has highly restricted the student government's ability to act on school policy. Frankly, they treat the students more like they are prison inmates than adolescents trying to learn and grow.


Posted February 25, 2006

I am a graduate of Portage Northern and My husband is a graduate too. We both have fond memories of our High School and when it came time to move into this Area with our children we picked Portage just so our kids could go to Portage Northern. My husdand and I where at first very please with our choice but recent changed in the Schools administration and policies is lead to tension, anger, adcedemic disruptions and mistrust of the school by both Parents and students. Until the administration changes it's way I would not currently recommend Portage Northern with so many other good schools near by.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2005

Having attended Portage Northern, I am a student who graduated in 2001 and I can say that Portage Northern helped me tremendously to prepare for college. I found that I was better prepared for all college courses, and as an engineering major, many of the IB classes I took proved to be beneficial in the long run. I would recommend this school any day, and maybe someday when I have a family I will move back to Michigan and send them to the same school I was proud to graduate from.
—Submitted by a former student


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

Grade level

Social Studies

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

352 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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37%

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39%
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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 2013.

306 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2013.

308 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 26% in 2013.

306 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
43%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 38% in 2013.

306 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

307 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
64%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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

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The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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How schools in the state rate:

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

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ACT participation

95%

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 76% 69%
African-American 10% 18%
Asian 6% 3%
Hispanic 5% 6%
Multiracial 4% 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 23%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Jim French
Fax number
  • (616) 323-5490

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1000 Idaho Ave
Portage, MI 49024
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