College/Senior Info

2020 National Merit Finalists Announced

The following seniors have recently qualified as Finalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program:
Julia Strauss
Chase Szafranski
Jessica Zhang
These students are part of approximately 15,000 high school seniors across the country who were selected as Finalists based on their score on the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) that was taken in the fall of their junior year.  Over 1.6 million juniors take the PSAT/NMSQT annually, and those that qualify are the highest-scoring entrants in each state and represent less than 1 percent of each state’s high school seniors.  16,000 Semi-Finalists across the nation are chosen, and from that, approximately 15,000 met the requirements to advance to Finalist.  Later this spring, 7,500 Finalists will win scholarships and become National Merit Scholars.
Congratulations, Julia, Chase, and Jessica!

Essential information for 2020 seniors and parents of seniors

The Counseling Office has put together a short video on some important ‘end of the school year’ things for our seniors.  Included are some brief instructions on requesting your final transcript, completing an important senior survey, and some reminders on grades, credits, and GPA.  We know that sometimes you might have a question about these kinds of things, and we thought a quick video would be helpful.  Enjoy!

The senior video

Paying for College Presentations

2019-20 College Night Presentation

Kalamazoo Foundation Scholarship Presentation

Seniors, be sure to look closely at the scholarships offered at the schools you are applying to.  There are many scholarships offered at colleges. So be sure to visit their websites and go to their scholarships link for more information.

Senior Class Presentation

Counselor Recommendation Request Form Please complete this questionnaire honestly and thoroughly. This will help your counselor assist you with your post-secondary plans and write letters of recommendation for college.

For the current schedule of college, visits click here.

Sending Colleges your transcripts

Portage Central High School has joined forces with Parchment to bring you Secure Transcript TM – the safe, paperless way to send transcripts directly to the colleges you choose.  It’s easy, it’s secure, and it’s available 24/7.

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Common Application

The Common Application is a great source for students to use when applying for college. Once completed online, copies of the Application for Undergraduate Admission can be sent to any number of participating colleges.  To access the Common application, go to

Free Application for Federal Student Aid –FAFSA

Seniors and parents of seniors, here is some great FAFSA information for you!  The link below has some beneficial information on the FAFSA, such as a checklist of the documents you need, how to set up your ID #’s, deadlines, and much more. Check it out!  FAFSA Information

12 Common FAFSA Mistakes

More important information about FAFSA

What’s a FAFSA? Free Application for Federal Student Aid

What website?

30 Quality Questions to Ask At A College Fair

The Kalamazoo Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee is announcing its Electrical Apprenticeship Program.

Basic requirements:

  • High school diploma
  • An official high school transcript
  • Must be at least 18 to apply
  • Drug testing, background check required
  • Desire to work construction in all weather

More information, along with an apprenticeship application in the Counseling Office or at