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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Portage Central High School is a highly rated, public school located in Portage, MI. It has 1,356 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. According to state test scores, 56% of students are at least proficient in math and 81% in reading.
8135 South Westnedge Ave
Portage, MI 49002
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Portage Central High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
81%
Percent Proficient - Math
56%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1240
258 responses
Average ACT
28
148 responses
AP Enrollment
21%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    A-
Median Household Income
$62,747
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$799
National
$949
Median Home Value
$158,500
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
95%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.19 responses
Poll
63%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.19 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 44 responses
Report
  • Sporting Events
    34%
  • Homecoming Week
    27%
  • Pep Rallies
    16%
  • Homecoming
    7%
  • Spirit Week
    7%
  • Marching Band Competitions
    5%
  • Musicals
    2%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,356
Free or Reduced Lunch
18%
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.23 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.23 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.23 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
22:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$60,028
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.6%
56%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.36 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.36 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.36 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$10,505/ year
National
$12,239
97%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.38 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.38 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.38 responses
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Portage Central High School Reviews

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This school has tons and tons of opportunities to really put yourself out there. Teachers care about their students and make sure they are giving them what they need to be successful in the future. Our school is safe thanks to the school police officer, and the rules of conduct in our planners. The counselors work around what classes you desire and help you figure out your game plan. Classes are moderately easy if you pay attention and take notes. I would recommend this school to anyone who wants to be successful!
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One of the best parts about Portage Central High School is the principal. Every time I see him in the hallway he says something along the lines of "Good morning Hailee! Still volunteering at the horse therapy place?" He never fails to remind his students that he cares and is paying attention to what is happening in their lives. The only reason I have given Portage Central 4/5 stars is because the students at Portage Central are not as kind and welcoming as other schools I have visited.
Very nice building and campus along with great athletic facilities. Many opportunities are offered in both academics and extracurriculars. Within the academics, typical classes are offered along with some AP classes and many IB classes. Education for Employment and for the Arts are also available where a student can take a class at the local community college, Western Michigan, or another high school to get hands on training tailored towards their career. For the extracurriculars, many sports are available as classes or as a full-time player at a reasonable cost. A variety of art, music, and performing arts classes are also available along with a multitude of clubs in a wide variety of hobbies. The theater program is also incredible and highly supported by the school.