Program of Studies/Extension Programs
2020-21 Program of Studies
2019-20 Program of Studies
Extension Programs/Special Programming
Portage Public Schools participates with a variety of Extension and Enrichment programs designed to accelerate, expand, and/or accommodate student learning. Participation in any of the following programs must be pre-approved prior to registration. Please see your school counselor or principal for more information.
Virtual/Online Learning – Grades 6-12
Expanded online learning opportunities are now available for Portage Public Schools’ (PPS) middle school and high school students. PPS students who have taken advantage of online courses have done so to recover credit that they need for graduation. However, a student’s participation with online courses may be for a variety of reasons. These reasons may include a desire to expand course opportunities or to meet high school graduation requirements.
More information and a list of available courses
Academically Talented Youth Program (ATYP) – Grades 7-9
A student taking and mastering ATYP Math or English Language Arts will receive the appropriate Michigan Merit credit for Math or ELA. ATYP’s program is designed so that the pupil will complete four years of math or ELA during two years of ATYP delivery. Students may opt to take ATYP for a third year, taking Advanced Placement courses.
More information about ATYP
Kalamazoo Area Math & Science Center (KAMSC) – Grades 9-12
KAMSC offers a curriculum in accelerated mathematics, science, and computer technology to high school students. It educates the scientific and technical leaders of tomorrow in a nurturing environment focused on the technical and intellectual needs of advanced math and science students. Students attend the KAMSC program on one-half of each school day and take their math, science and technology courses. All remaining courses are taken at their own high school. Acceptance into KAMSC is based upon application, teacher recommendation, the results of the School and College Ability Test (SCAT), and a timed impromptu writing activity.
More information about KAMSC
Post-Secondary Dual Enrollment – Grades 9-12
Historically, school districts have allowed their students to attend courses at local colleges or universities, in addition to their own high school, in an effort to meet students’ needs and interests. This is called “post-secondary enrollment.” The State School Aid Act contains a provision that directs school districts to assist students in paying tuition and fees for courses at Michigan public or private colleges or universities, if all of the required conditions are met. Requirements are outlined on page iv in the Program of Studies.
Education for Employment (EFE) – Grades 9-12
EFE is a career and technical educational program which is part of a county-wide consortium. EFE provides students with the foundation to obtain entry-level positions in the world of work as well as skills needed to pursue advanced education. Work force entry can be obtained through co-op on-the-job training, apprenticeships and internships.
More information about EFE
Education for the Arts (EFA) – Grades 9-12
EFA is a county-wide program whose mission is to enhance arts education for all students in Kalamazoo County, making dance, literary arts, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts essential parts of a comprehensive education. EFA offers intensive classes in the arts and is designed to provide especially talented and motivated students the opportunity to explore their abilities in depth.
More information about EFA
Early Middle College (EMC) – Grades 10-12
The EMC program is expanding offerings for the 2017-18 school year. Updates on the development of this program will be published via school newsletters and/or other means of communication.
EMC PPS Programs of Study for the class of 2020
EMC next steps timeline for 2017-2018 enrollment
More information about EMC
Prospective student athletes must contact the NCAA Eligibility Center at 877-262-1492 before registering in any extension program course to fully understand the implication. Also be aware that once enrolled, the NCAA may have additional requirements for completing a course.