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  2. Diversity
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  4. College Prep
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  5. Clubs & Activities
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  6. Health & Safety
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  7. Administration
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  8. Sports
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Portage Northern High School is a highly rated, public school located in Portage, MI. It has 1,350 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1. According to state test scores, 52% of students are at least proficient in math and 77% in reading.
Address
1000 Idaho Ave
Portage, MI 49024
Telephone
(616) 323-5400
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Portage Northern High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
77%
Percent Proficient - Math
52%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1220
186 responses
Average ACT
28
122 responses
AP Enrollment
15%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
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Median Household Income
$60,260
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$757
National
$949
Median Home Value
$153,800
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
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Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
90%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.20 responses
Poll
85%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.20 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 64 responses
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  • PN vs PC football game
    23%
  • Homecoming events
    20%
  • Talent show
    13%
  • Musicals
    11%
  • Dances
    9%
  • Sporting events
    8%
  • Holiday Collage
    5%

Students

Diversity
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Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,350
Free or Reduced Lunch
21%
91%
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
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.23 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
21:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$60,028
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.6%
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.29 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.29 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.29 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
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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
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.34 responses
47%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.34 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.34 responses
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I am proud to be a Portage Northern Huskie. There are numerous clubs available for people of diverse interests, beliefs, and backgrounds; overall, it is an inclusive environment. Northern is also one of the few schools in Michigan that teach IB Latin as a course. Our school newspaper, the Northern Wipe, is both entertaining and refreshing with its interview, jokes, positive encouragement, and up-to-date news. I feel thoroughly challenged by IB courses, and have maintained a close relationship with my counselor about my future for the past four years. Our media center also provides lots of privileged online resources such as JSTOR for in-depth research. Unfortunately, I have heard average comments about the cafeteria food, and given the circumstances, Northern has a procedure for school-shootings that I wish were not necessary. However, the teachers are role models in life for most of us. Lastly, the grandeur of our school spirit at rallies and sports games would be difficult to beat!
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Portage Northern High School shaped who I am today with their talented teachers, to the friendships I made while there. Not only do you get top of the line education in all of Michigan, you also get so many opportunities to participate in extra curricular activities, including their top ranked teams, award winning forensics team, and a number of clubs. One thing that I would like to see changed is how they handle sending kids to PCEC (Portage Community Education Center). PCEC is a great opportunity for kids that are running low on credits to graduate. However, it is mostly known for being the school for troubled teens that can be disruptive, failing, or violent. While I do agree with good cause that those types of students should be sent there, I however do not agree with sending kids such as pregnant young women there. The administration of the Portage schools do not need to be alarmed with having a pregnant teen walking through their schools when they are on track to graduate.
Life at Portage Northern is pretty average. They offer a curriculum that colleges see as challenging, even though it really isn't. The kids at Portage Northern are mostly weird with a few exceptions. Oh ya and join investing club!