Welcome to Portage Public Schools

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Since our beginnings in 1922, our District has been a leader in providing the highest quality K-12 education possible. We began as an innovative teacher training site for what is now Western Michigan University, under the leadership of Cleora Skinner. We evolved throughout the years into a premiere school district with involved parents and community members, a highly-trained faculty (more than 73% with graduate degrees), and students learning what they needed to pursue their post-secondary dreams.  Our mission and vision guide our work everyday to provide our students with an exceptional education!

Our Mission
To educate all students to achieve their potential.

Our Vision
To be an exceptional, continuously improving learning culture with high expectations, committed to all

Today, Portage Public Schools educates more than 8,600 students.  Our students:

  • Attend school at one of 8 elementary, 3 middle schools, 2 traditional or 1 alternative high school.  All featuring state-of-the art access to technology and curriculum.
  • Have access to our International Baccalaureate program at either Northern or Central High School, online and dual-enrollment classes and world languages all taught by exceptional faculty.
  • Learn and grow in safe & nurturing schools because of our community commitment to secure facilities.
  • As one of the highest achieving school districts in the State, our students are able to achieve more through a multi-tiered system of support for learning at every level.

We are pleased that you are visiting our website and I hope you are finding the information you need. If not, please contact our Community Relations Office at 269-323-5162 and they will assist you in any way they can.

Thank you for your interest in Portage Public Schools.

Mark T. Bielang
Superintendent of Portage Public Schools