School Details

Portage Northern High School

1000 Idaho Ave, Portage, MI 49024
(616) 323-5400

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1369 students 17 students/teacher (MI avg is 18)

Test Scores by grade




Michigan Merit Examination (MME)

In 2011-2012 Michigan used the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) to assess students in grade 11 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The MME is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2011
  • Portage Public Schools average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Portage Northern High School is a public high school in Portage. The principal of Portage Northern High School is Mr. Jim French and can be contacted at 1,369 students go to Portage Northern High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 23% of the 1,369 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Portage Northern High School is 17:1. Portage Community High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 76% 84%
Asian 6% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 6%
Hispanic 5% 2%
Multiracial 4% %
Black, non-Hispanic 10% 7%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.2%
Hawaiian 0.1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 23% 22%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter graduated in 2012 after 2 years at PNHS. Due to my husbands job we move from State to State a lot. Out of the 4 high schools my children experienced - this was the best. The teachers were dedicated to making sure the kids were geting the most out of what was offered. I had more than one teacher work with my daughter to pull her grades up. The Adminstration seemed fine but I didn't interact much with them. My daughter graduated prepared for college more so than she would have been at the HS we were last at.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a Senior at Northern and it has honestly been the best high school experience that I could have ever asked for. The teachers and counselors push you to excel. The IB Curriculum is phenomenal. It's a ton of work but it's definitely helped me prepare for college classes. I'm doing the IB Diploma along with dual enrolling at Western and honestly the Western class is much easier compared to my IB classes. The staff members make an effort to get to know you and I know of no one that has something bad to say about this school. It is definitely a great choice to put your children through.

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm a graduate of Portage Northern class of '07. While I think the academic experiences are phenomenal and worth enjoying the recent changes in administration have made the school less than enjoyable. The administration refuses to listen to students and has highly restricted the student government's ability to act on school policy. Frankly they treat the students more like they are prison inmates than adolescents trying to learn and grow.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am a graduate of Portage Northern and My husband is a graduate too. We both have fond memories of our High School and when it came time to move into this Area with our children we picked Portage just so our kids could go to Portage Northern. My husdand and I where at first very please with our choice but recent changed in the Schools administration and policies is lead to tension anger adcedemic disruptions and mistrust of the school by both Parents and students. Until the administration changes it's way I would not currently recommend Portage Northern with so many other good schools near by.

  • (9 years ago)

    Having attended Portage Northern I am a student who graduated in 2001 and I can say that Portage Northern helped me tremendously to prepare for college. I found that I was better prepared for all college courses and as an engineering major many of the IB classes I took proved to be beneficial in the long run. I would recommend this school any day and maybe someday when I have a family I will move back to Michigan and send them to the same school I was proud to graduate from.

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