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Academic Programs

Portage Township Schools offers a number of unique programs that enhance and enrich the academic experience for our students. These programs operate in coordination with our curriculum to offer our students additional support and opportunities throughout their academic careers. View each of our programs below.
High Ability Student, is one who “performs at, or shows the potential for performing at an outstanding level of accomplishment in at least one domain when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment.”

Students can be identified for the High Ability Program through one of the following six pathways:

For High Ability Identification in Math:

Through Performance: An outstanding score (96th percentile or higher) on a norm-referenced measure of math achievement
Through Potential: An outstanding score (96th percentile or higher) on a norm-referenced measure of quantitative reasoning or a composite measure of quantitative/nonverbal reasoning
Through Additional Data: When a child’s score on either the norm referenced measure of achievement or reasoning falls just below the cutoff, additional data in the form of teacher rating scales or classroom work samples will be reviewed to determine appropriate placement.

For High Ability Identification in Language Arts:

Through Performance: An outstanding score (96th percentile or higher) on a norm-referenced measure of reading and language achievement
Through Potential: An outstanding score (96th percentile or higher) on a norm-referenced measure of verbal reasoning.
Through Additional Data: When a child’s score on either the norm referenced measure of achievement or reasoning falls just below the cutoff, additional data in the form of teacher rating scales or classroom work samples will be reviewed to determine appropriate placement.

The district recognizes that cognitive growth is not always consistent. To ensure all students are receiving appropriate curriculum and instruction, they will be systematically evaluated for instructional placement in Kindergarten, 2nd, and 5th grade. Academic placement decisions may be modified in accordance with changes in students’ learning profiles as they progress through elementary and middle school.
 
For more information on this process, please contact the High Ability Coordinator, Linda Williams, at (219)764-6208 or email linda.williams@portage.k12.in.us.
Porter County Education Services provides a variety of special education services for our students in pre-k through 12th grade. Students receiving special education services will meet with their teacher of record each year to determine the services needed and how your child's individual needs will be met. To learn more about PCES and our special education services, visit their website at http://pces.k12.in.us or call (219)464-9607.
More information about our English Learners Program will be available soon. Check back shortly.
Learn More Indiana is proud to offer the 21st Century Scholars Program. The program offers activities to high school and college students to help them stay on track for college and career success. Scholarships to designated Indiana schools are available to those who successfully participate in the program. Students must register in either 7th or 8th grade and meet the income and academic eligibility requirements in order to participate. Visit their website at https://learnmoreindiana.org/students-families/ to learn more and apply.
Dual credit courses allow our Portage High School students to earn college credits by taking high school classes. By earning dual credits in high school, students looking to pursue a degree in college can potentially save time and money at their university of choice. Dual credit opportunities are available at Portage High School through Indiana University, Indiana University Northwest, Ivy Tech, Purdue University, and Vincennes University. 
 
We strongly advise students to visit www.transferin.net to see how credits transfer within the state of Indiana. It is important that students contact potential universities to determine if the credits will transfer to your intended school and apply to courses required for your intended major. Visit the high school's website for more information on our dual credit courses.

PLTW-Project Lead the Way, is a premier STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) curriculum. PLTW courses focus on:

• Computer Science
• Computer Integrated Manufacturing 
• Engineering Design and Development 
• Biomedical Sciences

To learn more about Project Lead the Way, go to www.pltw.org
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