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Schools of Choice

Participation in the State of Michigan legislation regarding schools of choice is voluntary. Portage Public Schools elects to participate only in the 105c program and does not participate in the 105 or intra-district programs.  Important: Please read below for information and deadlines regarding available options for residents and non-residents. Contact (269) 323-5140 or [email protected] with additional questions.

Schools of Choice (Transfer) Application Deadlines:

  • February 1-March 31: Window to submit applications for the next school year and open enrollment window for 105c applicants. Notified of decision in May.
  • May 15-September 5: Second round to submit applications for the next school year and will only be considered if space permits. Notified of decision before school starts if possible. Please note that this application window closes as of the first day of the school year.
  • December 1-December 31: Window to submit applications for second semester of current school year and open enrollment window for 105c applicants. Notified of decision in January.

Available Transfer Programs

In-District Student Transfer Program

  • This program is for students who live in Portage Public School district requesting a transfer from their boundary-assigned school to an alternate school within the district.

*Not sure which is your assigned school? Check out our attendance boundaries

  • The expectation is that families are to send their child to the school corresponding to their address, therefore;
  • These transfers are for families with extraordinary circumstances and/or hardships that prevent the ability to attend their assigned school
  • Processed by building principals

Non-Resident Student Transfer Program

  • This program is for students who live in a district outside of Portage PS that is serviced by Kalamazoo RESA

*Not sure if your district is serviced by KRESA? Click here to find out.

  • These transfers are for families with compelling academic reasons for why they prefer to attend Portage Public Schools
  • Processed by Instructional Services office

Out of County Student Transfer Program (105c)

  • This program is for students that reside in a district serviced by a contiguous (bordering) ISD/RESA to Kalamazoo RESA. If you are not certain if your district is please consult the map below

*Not sure if your district is serviced by a contiguous ISD/RESA? Click here to find out.

  • These transfers are for families with compelling academic reasons for why they prefer to attend Portage Public Schools
  • Must apply during open enrollment window to qualify
  • Processed by Instructional Services office

District Employee Student Transfer Program (PA227)

  • This program is for students of Portage PS employees that reside out of district
  • Processed by Instructional Services office

Release from Portage Public Schools

  • This program is for families who reside in Portage Public Schools district, but wish to attend an alternate district.
  • Processed by Instructional Services office

**All transfer families are expected to provide/coordinate their own transportation.**


Thank you for visiting the Portage Public Schools Schools of Choice/Transfers Program page.  After reviewing this information, if you still have questions about transfers, please do not hesitate to contact:

Janet Johnstone
Coordinator of Instructional Services
269-323-5140
[email protected]