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Portland High School Academically among Michigan's Top High Schools

If SAT scores are any measure of a quality school education then Portland High School is one of Michigan's better High Schools. In an article published last week, by Scott Levin at, all 811 of Michigan's Public High Schools, Magnet Schools and Alternative High Schools were ranked according to their average SAT scores among High School Juniors. Portland's average SAT score for the class of 2019 is 1035. That puts Portland 161st and in the top 20% of all 811 Michigan High Schools.

It also ranks Portland 1st among all Ionia County High Schools. The scores indicate that 49% of the Portland Class of 2019 is "College ready in all subjects". Ionia placed 229th state-wide with an average SAT score of 1014, but with only 39% being college ready in all subjects. Saranac came in at 257 (36% college ready) with average SAT score of 1008. Lakewood was 347 (32% college ready) with average SAT of 983 and Belding was 364 (30% college ready) with 978 average SAT.

The SAT's are taken in March of a student's Junior year and may be re-taken. So, scores could improve but that data was not available to M-Live.

Pewamo-Westphalia led all area schools with an average SAT of 1119. They are ranked 40th state-wide with 64% of the Class of 2019 being college ready. DeWitt came in at 78th with an average SAT of 1078 and like Portland have 49% of their graduates college ready. Lowell came in at 84th with 54% college ready. Grand Ledge ranked behind Portland at 173 with 38% of their class of 2019 being college ready.

Christine Rockey, Portland High School Principal told the Beacon this morning,

"While we have more work to do, I was delighted to see our results. Our staff works hard to educate our students, our students are engaged in their learning, and our parents and community are extremely supportive!"

If you'd like to compare more school results check out the M-Live article and data base at

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