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Where Excellence Meets Community: Welcome to the Portledge Family!

Your New Journey Starts Here

A warm welcome to Portledge School!

The start of any new venture is always filled with a mix of emotions - even more so for our children. As a family, you have already taken your first steps into our community and we look forward to helping you navigate the often fraught first few weeks of a new school environment. 

On this page, you will find some general links that will, hopefully, help answer any questions that you may have regarding the start of your journey here at Portledge School. 

We are always here to help, whether it be the Admissions Office, the Division Directors, your child's advisor/homeroom teacher, or myself. Do not hesitate to email or call with any questions you may have.

Simon Owen-Williams
Head of School

Summer Emails

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Health Requirements for 2024-2025

    Dear Parents,
    Nursing Office Reminders for the 2024- 2025 school year:
    • Portledge requires an annual health exam. Please upload this health exam to the Magnus Portal. If you have questions please review the Magnus Health account instructions. It is recommended you use Google Chrome Browser. A laptop/desktop works better than a mobile device.

    • All students must have up-to-date immunizations as per New York State law. Portledge risks fines for all non-compliant students.

      • New York State requires all students entering sixth grade for the 2024 - 2025 school year to have the T-dap Vaccine. Please contact your child's physician to ensure that the child receives this vaccine prior to September 2024.

      • New York State requires all students entering seventh grade for the 2024 - 2025 school year to have the Meningococcal Vaccine. Please contact your child's physician to ensure that the child receives this vaccine prior to September 2024.

      • New York State requires all students entering eleventh grade for the 2024 - 2025 school year to have a second Meningococcal Vaccine. Please contact your child's physician to ensure that the child receives this vaccine prior to September 2024.

    • All medication for the 2024–2025 school year must be in the original container with a medication permission form filled out and signed by a doctor as well as a parent. Please be sure to have the doctor check off the box for self-carry if your student will be carrying emergency medication such as an inhaler or Epi-pen. A parent must sign the self-carry section as well. All medication orders must be uploaded to the Magnus Portal for review.

    • All students participating in sports must fill out the sports permission form prior to the season commencing. This allows the coach to be aware of any changes from the health exam.

    • During the school year grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 11 will be screened for hearing and vision as per New York State procedure. Please notify the health office if you do not wish your child to be screened.

    • Portledge has many overnight class trips. All medication on overnight trips must be in the original container with a medical permission form filled out by a doctor and signed by a parent.
    Thank you so much for all your help with these reminders. I hope everyone has a wonderful summer! Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
    Liz Cayli
    Portledge Upper School Nurse
  • Athletic Placement Process for 7th & 8th Grade

    Dear families, 
    The 2023-2024 school year is coming to a close and with that means pre-season for fall 2024 sports is right around the corner. Mandatory pre-season practices begin on Monday, August 19th! With that said, any 7th or 8th-grade student-athlete who would like to try out for an Upper School team must go through our Athletic Placement Process.
    This is a two-part process. The first is a physical done by your child's physician to ensure they are mature enough to participate on an Upper School level team and receive a Tanner score. The second part is a fitness test that consists of a 1-mile timed run, pushups, sit-ups, a sit-and-reach flexibility test, and a shuttle run. 
    Before a student can participate in the fitness test, they must have a parent permission form signed (linked here) and also have their doctor fill out this form (linked hereprior to the APP testing date. 
    We will be conducting the APP fitness test on Upper Field on Thursday, July 18th, and again on Thursday, August 15th. The test will begin at 10:00 a.m. each day. You DO NOT need to come to both dates if you pass the test. We will let the student-athlete know if they passed after the test is finished. Attached here are the score requirements to pass (HERE - Page 33). 
    Please note if you have already taken the APP test and passed, you do not have to retake the test; your child can try out for their respective team. If you haven't done so already, please let me know which sport your child intends to try out for.
    Also, if you are trying out for a sport that is not in the fall, you do not need to test on these dates if you cannot attend. We will do APP testing again before each season and send out dates as we get closer to the start of the season. 
    As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
    Mr. Kapps
  • 6th/7th Grade Athletics Options

    Dear 6th & 7th Grade Families, 

    We hope that your summer is off to a wonderful start! As we begin to organize schedules and populate rosters for the 2024-2025 school year, please click here to complete the Middle School Athletics survey. Your participation and responses will help us provide you with direct information in the coming weeks and enhance your child’s Portledge experience.

    If you have any questions, you can contact the Athletic Department at amulligan@portledge.org and imiddleton@portledge.org

    Thank you,
    Portledge Middle School & Portledge Athletics

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