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Southfield-Lathrup High School

Public | 9-12 | 1025 students

 
 

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Posted September 11, 2013

I am a former Student at Lathrup and - I have to say once principal henderson retired the school took a turn for the worse. First they eliminated block scheduling ( a schedule system set up to prepare students for college you would have all your classes on monday and then on tues and thursdays you would have your even hr classes and wed and frids your odd hr classes) then they started instituting a dress code policy (which wasn't finalized until i graduated THANK GOD my brother and cousin told me it was awful) and the focus of the staff switch from the student and achieving success to the staff and making them happy. There were some teachers like Mr Consiglio, and Ms Hayes and oh all the art teachers, they were awesome and cared about you but the others... boy... even my mother going down there did not help most issues and by the time my brother enrolled she decided to switch him his sophmore year it was so bad. All in all lathrup went from an okay school to disappointing


Posted May 24, 2012

this school is terrible it is awful. all they care about is the DRESS CODE! the teachers cant teach. they dont take accurate grades, they dont even carer about the students, the suspend people left and right for dress code making it hard for us to get an education. i do not advise anyone to place there child in this environment. we cant afford any supplies. the privelages of our students have been taking away for what the students of former years have done. They treat the seniors better and treat the underclassman like nothing.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 23, 2011

Only Southfield Schools would find that 4 out of 10 as exceptional. Exageration and false pride do not make a good school system. Why don't all the band programs in the whole district participate in state band festivals, because they are terrible. Their excuse is the system is racist, when they cannot play music with more than four or five notes at a time. They host music festivals where they give themselves first place because it won't happen anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2009

this school is terrible my daughter experienced the worst time there the dress code is more important to them the the academics and theyres too many fights with kids getting arrrested i suggest another school because yes like everyone had said this is turning into a detroit school and that is unacceptable for the kids who does want to learn that they have to suffer in this poor environment


Posted December 12, 2008

Southfield Lathrup is a Terrible!! high school, the staff is to concerned on what the students are wearing unstead of what they are learning. there are dangerous gangs and all they do is fight{seriously} they even had to get extra security, and i know u dnt want your children in that kind of environment. i went there last year and all the students did was disrecpect the teachers..and they cant control their classrooms.....I left lathrup to go to Harrison high school were the standards are muchh higher..and has extreme diversity unlike S-L.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 4, 2008

I submitted a 'five star' review in 2005 when my son was a freshman. He's now a senior with a 3.65 AP GPA. I again announce that SF-L and the school district administration is outstanding! I'm a verey demanding parent. Even with a change in leadership, SF-L maintains quality and high standards. All schools have issues. However, there's still consistent effort by SF-L to deliver high-quality education. Honors and AP program are still stellar. The band is still state and nationally ranked. DECA teams brought home top awards. The list of school activities available is long. Parent participation continues to increase with their child's extra-curricular activities. PTSA has 236 active members. School security is effective. Most important... my son is being courted by 'top-shelf' schools. Besides family parenting, his school experience at SF-L has greatly contributed to his success. Stephanie English (Parent of 2009 senior)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2008

I am a Junior...and I am very disappointed that I have to leave Lathrup and this is an excellent school but I love this school no matter what the other kids say that disses this school the security, teachers, and prinicpals care about the saftey and the maturity of the children at Lathrup but the kids don't realize that. I love this school and I don't want to leave.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 7, 2008

This school is WAY too focused and what the children are wearing then what they are learning. A lot of the student don't follow dress code and they don't seem to learn differently. The whole dress code policy id stupid. Most of the extra stuff is dumb too. Some aren't run by teachers and have no organization. I don't like going to this school and I think that people should know that. Schools in another district would probally be better. They are better rated and the child is more likely to get a better education. P.S. Schools in other districts have no dress code and still have smarter kids... I don't think that it's what they wear. The students are so focused on being in dress code that they don't have time for their studies.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 14, 2007

I am so very pleased with Southfield-Lathrup High School, and everyone who assists with the success of the students. My niece just graduated from this school. I have been pleased with all of her teachers, principals, and others who work there. It is a wonderful school for all students! It also has great educational opportunities for students to enter specialized academies. These academies provide college prep classes. My niece just graduated from the medical academy, and is a Freshman at Western Michigan University. Her goal is to become a physician. I strongly feel that Southfield-Lathrup High School, has prepared her for success as she continues to pursue her dreams. The Southfield School District is outstanding in every way, and I would highly recommend this district and any school in Southfield to all parents seeking outstanding qualities in elementary, middle, and high school education for for their children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2007

I am currently a sophomore at SLHS. I do not like the school one bit. The principals are always protecting the teachers. I agree with another review that says they care more about the dress code than they do the actual curriculum. The school is rude and there are way too many people who need to not be in that school. I hope the school improves its ways soon or else I can guarantee they will lose a large amount of the student population.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 22, 2007

Southfield-Lathrup High School(SLHS)simply deserves an A+. This school has a Great! principal as well teachers, students, and faculty. They are all committed to high academic achievement and promoting leadership opportunities for SLHS students. SLHS holds all who enter its doors accountable for the success of the school and its students in any big or small way. SLHS's academic programs are strategically tailored to meet the needs of its students, and its available extracurricular activities are superb. There is a place for any student, parent, or volunteer looking to give of their time or to share their knowledge and support. My daughter came to SLHS as a Sophomore--SLHS with its supportive teachers and available leadership opportunities motivated my daughter to think 'ACHIEVEMENT' which she demonstrated by moving her GPA from mediocre (her freshman year at another school) to High Honors at SLHS. She now attends Howard University--Her dream come true! APPLAUSE SLHS!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2006

I am currently a new student at this high school and i really don't like it like i thought i would. They really don't have great teachers and there honors students are not all that smart. I also think that they are so focused on the dress code than school. I also think that the dress code and rules in the school needs to be revised. They have a great extracurricular actitivy programs, but some sports are run by students and not adults. The parents are involed in the school and whats going on the school. Overall, the school is okay, but it could improve.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 29, 2005

I am not a parent, but a senior at the great school I love to call Southfield-Lathrup.SL is a great place to start a high school career. There are a host of clubs and organizations that fits the personalities of anyone, like Student Government, DECA, NHS, and Dance. The administrators are great people, and very understanding. Most of the teachers that I've had were estatic educators, and awesome people. This year the school district imposed a dress code for all the students, which banned us from wearing jeans, t-shirts, jackets, and logos over 2 inchs big. The dress code does have it's up's and down's some days, but I feel that it is preparing us for the business world. I would recommend Lathrup to any parent with a child getting ready to enter high school. CS
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 5, 2005

Unfortunately, this school is getting as bad as the Detroit public schools. It's just not publicized. Students are allowed to attend who do not live in the district. Many families are moving into Southfield's apartments on a short-term basis as they are seeking better schools for their children. There is nothing wrong with them wanting better educations for their children. However, the sad part about this is that quite a few of these parents and students bring the same rough attitudes and dispositions into Southfield and it's schools that they have grown accustomed to while living in the inner city. Couple that with the fact that many of the teachers are coming from the inner city in order to get higher salaries, and the outcome is not a bright one. You may want to consider private school as a better alternative.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 4, 2005

I believe that this school overall is an excellent school. This milleau that the children are in is also very excellent. This school has achieved an excellence in education and deserves to be one of the top schools in southfield michigan. Lathrup parents will be very pleased.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 22, 2003

My son and daughter are students at this high school and I feel that this is one of the best schools around and the staff and teachers are very professional. My Son plays football and the coaching staff has a great program. I'm proud of the school and my kids accomplishments.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 26% in 2014.

249 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 29% in 2014.

259 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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3%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

260 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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36%

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Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

259 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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2%

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 44% in 2014.

259 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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19%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

260 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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27%

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34%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) to assess students in grade 11 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The MME is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MME test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

All Students3%
Female4%
Male2%
African American2%
Asiann/a
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Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged1%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities3%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Reading

All Students36%
Female40%
Male31%
African American36%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities39%
English language learners10%
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Science

All Students2%
Female2%
Male3%
African American2%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged1%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities3%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Social Studies

All Students19%
Female19%
Male19%
African American20%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged18%
Students with disabilities7%
Students without disabilities22%
English language learners10%
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Writing

All Students27%
Female30%
Male23%
African American26%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged19%
Students with disabilities7%
Students without disabilities30%
English language learners10%
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) to assess students in grade 11 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The MME is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MME test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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How schools in the state rate:

19%
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55%
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26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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ACT participation

96%

Average ACT score

17

Graduation rate

93%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

2 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Michigan high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
African-American 95% 18%
White 4% 69%
American Indian 0% 1%
Asian 0% 3%
Hispanic 0% 6%
Multiracial N/A 2%
Native Hawaiian 0% 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 53%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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19301 West 12 Mile Road
Lathrup Village, MI 48076
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Phone: (248) 746-7200

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