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Students and families in Portage will find an outstanding education system in place for learners of all ages. With public, private, alternative and higher education options all available, it is easy for each individual student to find the best education to suit their needs.

The Portage Community School District is committed to providing a top-quality education to all students. A progressive curriculum that includes advanced classes, new technologies and class schedules specific to each student’s abilities is complemented by a variety of extracurriculars and activities. The district includes a preschool, five elementary schools, one middle school, one high school and two alternative schools. The alternative schools, Portage Academy and Portage Virtual School, offer shortened school days and online classes that encourage students to spend their extra time working or volunteering while still completing their high school degree on time.

Two elementary-level parochial schools are a great way for parents to ensure that their students receive faith-based education along with their traditional education. St. Mary’s Catholic School and St. John’s Lutheran School are K-8 schools that not only offer outstanding classes within the core curriculum but also focus on spiritual education with an emphasis in family involvement and positive daily practices.

After graduation, students wishing to continue their education, along with adults looking to go back to school, can find several higher learning institutions both within Portage and nearby.

Madison College-Portage is a community-based post secondary institution serving the educational and training needs of Columbia and Marquette counties. Associate degree level programs and certificate courses are available in various fields. Area businesses contract with them to provide customized training to their employees. The campus also provides Adult Continuing Education and Adult Basic Education throughout the year in community centers, schools and churches based upon local requests. Adult Basic Education provides instruction to individuals 18 12 years old or older to prepare them for completion of the GED or HSED.

The University of Wisconsin Center campus in Baraboo, just 20 minutes from Portage, provides academic courses in a rural campus setting. The University of Wisconsin at Madison is only 45 minutes away and is the cornerstone of the statewide University of Wisconsin System. A proud member of the Big Ten, it is recognized worldwide for its teaching and research facilities. Madison is also the home of the main campus for Madison College and Edgewood College.

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