Portage Middle School

Public 6-8

 3521 Taylor St
       Fort Wayne, IN  46802


(260) 467-4500

District: Fort Wayne Community Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
415th of 489 Indiana Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $12,499 Help


Students who attend Portage Middle School usually attend:

High:    Wayne High School

Feeder schools for Portage Middle School:

Elementary:    Lindley Elementary School
    South Wayne Elementary School
    Washington Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  14.4 Help
Number of students:  436

Racial breakdown:

African American:
30.3%
White:
28.7%
Hispanic:
28.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  78.9% Help


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Compare Details Portage Middle School ranks worse than 84.9% of middle schools in Indiana. It also ranks 8th among 10 ranked middle schools in the Fort Wayne Community Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 15.16. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Portage Middle School has the smallest middle school student body size in the Fort Wayne Community Schools District. Student population at Portage Middle School is diverse. Racial makeup is: African American (30.3%), White (28.7%), Hispanic (28.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 78.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Portage Middle School is 14.4, which is the 2nd best among 10 middle schools in the Fort Wayne Community Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Portage Middle School employs 30.1 full-time teachers.
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Portage Middle School is $12,499, which is the 2nd highest among 10 middle schools in the Fort Wayne Community Schools District.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Portage Middle School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Portage Middle School 415th of 489 Indiana public middle schools. (See Portage Middle School in the ranking list.)

Fort Wayne Community Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Fort Wayne Community Schools 270th of 364 Indiana school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Portage Middle School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 19.00 197th 222 11.3%
2005 16.60 341st 370 7.8%
2006 15.97 349th 375 6.9%
2007 10.18 361st 382 5.5%
2008 10.98 365th 392 6.9%
2009 7.98 400th 423 5.4%
2010 16.06 392nd 428 8.4%
2011 20.78 396th 451 12.2%
2012 42.38 307th 447 31.3%
2013 30.85 351st 444 20.9%
2014 24.94 392nd 470 16.6%
2015 27.94 390th 485 19.6%
2016 28.21 396th 494 19.8%
2017 16.38 406th 472 14.0%
2018 15.62 414th 473 12.5%
2019 10.49 428th 470 8.9%
2021 13.14 421st 483 12.8%
2022 9.97 446th 490 9.0%
2023 15.16 416th 489 14.9%
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Data source: test scores: Indiana Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Portage Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 430 97 3 30 1 n/a n/a 0 561
1989 421 106 2 38 0 n/a n/a 0 567
1990 409 111 2 32 1 n/a n/a 0 555
1991 433 103 4 35 2 n/a n/a 0 577
1992 421 76 4 17 2 n/a n/a 0 520
1993 450 62 2 16 1 n/a n/a 0 531
1994 462 64 3 31 1 n/a n/a 0 561
1995 387 82 1 32 1 n/a n/a 0 503
1996 387 82 1 32 1 n/a n/a 0 503
1997 376 93 2 17 2 n/a n/a 0 490
1998 396 96 5 32 3 n/a n/a 0 532
1999 396 96 10 28 4 n/a n/a 0 534
2000 392 110 7 29 3 n/a n/a 0 541
2001 385 110 11 45 3 n/a n/a 0 554
2002 395 120 12 66 0 n/a n/a 0 593
2003 395 120 12 66 0 n/a n/a 0 593
2004 391 129 16 67 0 n/a n/a 0 603
2005 401 127 10 74 2 n/a n/a 0 614
2006 415 107 8 77 3 n/a n/a 0 610
2007 382 144 6 88 6 n/a n/a 25 651
2008 318 118 9 75 4 n/a n/a 22 546
2009 297 122 5 81 4 n/a n/a 24 533
2010 278 76 2 72 3 n/a n/a 32 463
2011 243 111 2 83 3 0 28 0 470
2012 233 104 7 105 3 2 23 0 477
2013 222 99 8 110 2 1 27 0 469
2014 233 93 5 115 1 1 43 0 491
2015 244 94 5 109 0 0 38 0 490
2016 214 85 8 80 0 0 36 0 423
2017 200 91 8 83 1 0 28 0 411
2018 200 103 3 96 0 0 42 0 444
2019 167 105 4 123 0 0 49 0 448
2020 158 111 5 124 0 2 58 0 458
2021 142 138 6 116 0 1 59 0 462
2022 131 131 7 126 0 1 41 0 437
2023 125 132 5 124 2 0 48 0 436

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Portage Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 561 31.2 17.9 39.9
1989 567 31.2 18.1 n/a
1990 555 31.2 17.7 32.4
1991 577 32.0 18.0 40.7
1992 520 35.0 14.8 37.3
1993 531 35.0 15.2 33.9
1994 561 34.0 16.5 33.5
1995 503 31.7 15.9 32.6
1996 503 31.7 15.9 32.6
1997 490 33.0 14.8 40.2
1998 532 32.0 16.6 38.3
1999 534 31.0 17.2 49.6
2000 541 32.5 16.6 46
2001 554 32.5 17.0 47.7
2002 593 33.5 17.7 58.7
2003 593 33.5 17.7 58.7
2004 603 32.5 18.6 65.3
2005 614 33.6 18.3 67.6
2006 610 34.5 17.7 65.7
2007 651 n/a n/a 73.6
2008 546 37.1 14.7 75
2009 533 35.1 15.2 78.4
2010 463 34.7 13.3 79.8
2011 470 30.7 15.3 78.1
2012 477 32.0 14.9 80.1
2013 469 35.5 13.2 82.9
2014 491 31.0 15.8 83.5
2015 490 29.0 16.8 74.5
2016 423 26.0 16.2 73.3
2017 411 28.5 14.4 75.2
2018 444 28.5 15.5 81.5
2019 448 28.5 15.7 73.2
2020 458 30.0 15.2 72.7
2021 462 30.0 15.3 77.9
2022 437 32.5 13.4 80.1
2023 436 30.1 14.4 78.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Portage Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 561 31.2 17.9 39.9
1989 567 31.2 18.1 n/a
1990 555 31.2 17.7 32.4
1991 577 32.0 18.0 40.7
1992 520 35.0 14.8 37.3
1993 531 35.0 15.2 33.9
1994 561 34.0 16.5 33.5
1995 503 31.7 15.9 32.6
1996 503 31.7 15.9 32.6
1997 490 33.0 14.8 40.2
1998 532 32.0 16.6 38.3
1999 534 31.0 17.2 49.6
2000 541 32.5 16.6 46
2001 554 32.5 17.0 47.7
2002 593 33.5 17.7 58.7
2003 593 33.5 17.7 58.7
2004 603 32.5 18.6 65.3
2005 614 33.6 18.3 67.6
2006 610 34.5 17.7 65.7
2007 651 n/a n/a 73.6
2008 546 37.1 14.7 75
2009 533 35.1 15.2 78.4
2010 463 34.7 13.3 79.8
2011 470 30.7 15.3 78.1
2012 477 32.0 14.9 80.1
2013 469 35.5 13.2 82.9
2014 491 31.0 15.8 83.5
2015 490 29.0 16.8 74.5
2016 423 26.0 16.2 73.3
2017 411 28.5 14.4 75.2
2018 444 28.5 15.5 81.5
2019 448 28.5 15.7 73.2
2020 458 30.0 15.2 72.7
2021 462 30.0 15.3 77.9
2022 437 32.5 13.4 80.1
2023 436 30.1 14.4 78.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Portage Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,026 (9.9%) $9,374 (90.1%) $10,401
2020 $1,104 (9.9%) $10,062 (90.1%) $11,166
2021 $1,823 (15.0%) $10,354 (85.0%) $12,177
2022 $1,758 (14.1%) $10,741 (85.9%) $12,499

Data source: Indiana Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Portage Middle School

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 428th of 470 Middle schoolsRanks 416th of 489 Middle schools
 6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts (Portage Middle School)20.417.3
 3.1%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Fort Wayne Community Schools)33.723.7
 10%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)47.840.8
 7%
6th Grade Math (Portage Middle School)22.522
 0.5%
   6th Grade Math (Fort Wayne Community Schools)34.724.2
 10.5%
   6th Grade Math (Indiana)46.438.3
 8.1%
6th Grade Science (Portage Middle School)26.815.4
 11.4%
   6th Grade Science (Fort Wayne Community Schools)36.524.2
 12.3%
   6th Grade Science (Indiana)48.638.2
 10.4%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Portage Middle School)11.411.9
 0.5%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Fort Wayne Community Schools)33.321.7
 11.7%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)49.739.5
 10.2%
7th Grade Math (Portage Middle School)9.83.8
 6%
   7th Grade Math (Fort Wayne Community Schools)29.517.7
 11.8%
   7th Grade Math (Indiana)4232.9
 9.1%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Portage Middle School)21.418
 3.4%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Fort Wayne Community Schools)3527.2
 7.8%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)50.743.8
 6.9%
8th Grade Math (Portage Middle School)17.59.6
 7.9%
   8th Grade Math (Fort Wayne Community Schools)24.717
 7.7%
   8th Grade Math (Indiana)3831.4
 6.6%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students448436
 2.7%
African American105132
 25.7%
American Indian02
Asian45
 25%
Hispanic123124
 0.8%
Pacific Islander00
White167125
 25.1%
Two or More Races4948
 2%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients73.2%78.9%
 5.7%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Portage Middle School

Students at Portage Middle School are 30% African American, 29% White, 28% Hispanic, 11% Two or more races, 1% Asian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 436 students attended Portage Middle School.

Students who attend Portage Middle School usually go on to attend Wayne High School

Portage Middle School ranks in the bottom 15.1% of Indiana middle schools.


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