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Stevenson High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1979 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted March 10, 2014

I have two boys who have gone here. The first graduated, went to college, and has started his career. SHS prepared him for success at MSU. He made some lifelong friends. And his former teachers were very engaged and still ask about him. My youngest son goes there now. His experience is very good as well. Both were part of the Global Education program. GE is a program that will challenge. It is wonderful to have an academic program which allows students to strive for excellence. The teachers are among the best. It allows for extramural study & interscholastic competition. Btw, SHS "Globies" are an elite team at Mid American Model United Nations, placing first or second, 17 years in a row and still counting! At SHS there are a lot of opportunities to participate in extra curricular activitie, atheletics, arts, social, and academic. In my familiy's experience SHS is the by far the best school my boys attended in the Livonia Public Schools. The others were Buchanan, Riley, and Holmes, where the teachers were good, however, the administration at those schools were not the caliber of Principals Gibbons and Archibald. They are among the finest I have met, anywhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2013

Stevenson is a fantastic school with great opportunities for the students to learn real world applications. Big is not always bad. In fact, the learning experience at Stevenson is second to none. I attribute a lot of my professional success to the principles I learned while attending Stevenson.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 8, 2011

My child arrived her ninth grade year and she has learn an enormous amount of information. She has expressed to me some racial issue (SHEs BLACK). I tell her that she belongs just as much as the next person, ignorance cannot be stopped with some people. She has 3.0 gpa and she has had some wonderful teachers. Mrs Clark rocks! She is a senior now and her good teachers really helped her a lot
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2011

I have a 10th grade student at Stevenson. All through her elementary years I have heard how fortunate she is to be able to attend Stevenson. She is merely a number there. If you are not a major trouble maker or an athlete you are ignored. The staff seems to think they are extra special because they teach at Stevenson and that should be enough. No extra effort needed. So very disappointed so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

Because we have such great school spirit, teachers, and a good atmosphere at school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

We have the funniest and tight-knit group of students you'll find anywhere, especially the bandies ;)
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 31, 2008

I am alumni of Stevenson High School and I have on child in and another next year. I have always been proud to say I graduated from Stevenson. Raising my family in Livonia where I grew up and went to school was my main concern. I feel Stevenson gave me all the tools I needed in life. My entire family graduated from Stevenson and some neices and nephews. Livonia is a great place to raise your family and attend schools where the teaching staff is really there for the student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2008

I am a Livonia Stevenson graduate and it makes me sick to see negative reviews about Stevenson. I understand some reviews and their concern that if you are not a part of athletics or student government then you are disregarded, because I'd have to agree to an extent. However, Stevenson offered so many opportunities to get involved in some way you'd have to be completely anti-social to not want to participate. Diversity? Livonia is the whitest city in America. I am currently tutoring near the nations capitol and yes, those schools are a big culture shock- completely different than Livonia schools. But, I can't help but feeling spoiled, or that I took Livonia's education and facilities for granted. Come to the school I tutor at, where they would love to have the 7 computer labs & the 4 laptops carts we have, they don't have a SINGLE computer lab. You're lucky.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 31, 2008

My step son has graduated from Stevenson and my daughter is now attending it. I feel it is a fantastic school. As with anything you get what out of it what you put into it. They have plenty of extracurricular activitys for everyone to enjoy if they want. My daughter is recieving a great education and valuable life lessons. I attend all conferances and have meet with all of her teachers they are all caring dedacated teachers. Even when she had a problem, I was able to email her teacher to try to solve the problem. Her teacher emailed me right back at 8:30 at night . That just proved to me that these teachers do care and work all day and night for our kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2007

Stevenson high school is one of the worst high schools I was a student there and actually had to transfer out my senior year because it was so bad there I would not reccomend it for any child.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 10, 2006

Stevenson is a wonderful school with attentive teachers who really care about the success of their students. My teachers took time to talk to me, not just about their classes, but about my hopes and goals and how to achieve them. I received a great education at Stevenson and actually enjoyed school while there.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 14, 2005

I am alumni of this school and feel that going there was one of the best experiences of my life. I was fully prepared for college and the real world thereafter. The Arts programs were excellent in my view, all you need do was participate. I only wish my daughter had had the opportunity to attend Stevenson but our move out of state precluded that. It was a great school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 11, 2005

I have yet to understand where all this negativity is coming from. I think your high school experience is what you make it. For those of you who have commented on what a bad experience you have had there, I believe it is because of the way you have chosen to live your high school years. Of course athletics are always going to be superior to the arts. I was never an athlete, but fully excelled in the arts. Even at Stevenson where the fine arts are not held in high regard. I had major support from faculty as well as students who were athletes. I went on to become very successful in attaining a vocal preformance degree. I had many friends and many good relationships with teachers at SHS. I couldnt disagree more with the negative comments posted here. You find happiness and support when you seek it.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 11, 2005

I moved to this district because of the reputation of the schools. I am disappointed. If you are at the top of your class then you will do well, but that is not teaching. It is very easy to fall between the cracks and most often you are overlooked because they brush it off to laziness. The school directs all of their funding towards athletics, overlooking the arts. Do they have winning teams? Few. The basketball program and coaching staff is the worst, although the Director will tell you they are second to none. The best thing about the season is that it's almost over. Dishearteneing as a parent to see your child loose a passion due to poor leadership. The players have walked away with nothing and most will probably never play again. The Director claims to have never heard such comments before, the policy is not open door.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 24, 2004

I am an alumni of Stevenson and am in the middle of my senior year at a university. I had a good experience at Stevenson, I am sorry to hear that some people did not. I can say that the education I recieved in the classroom and through extracuricular activities well prepared me for success in college. The skills I learned at Stevenson allowed me to take on many leadership roles on campus. As for diversity, there is not a whole lot there. However, Livonia is 97% white so you cannot fault the school for the lack of diversity. It should be pointed out that there is a program in the school, Global Education, that places a huge emphasis on diversity. Each card marking students are required to participate in an cultural or ethnic event outside of school. The diversity education is present there. I had a wonderful experice at SHS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2004

I am a past student of Stevenson and I had an amazing experience. I had teachers who cared about me and pushed me to excel. I felt like I had quality relationships with my teachers and the rest of the faculty. I even continue to keep in contact with them. Some of the teachers that I had are the best I've ever had, including college professors. I made great friends too. High School is in a large part what you make it yourself. The negative attitudes on this page are most likely from pessimistic people. A good high school experience is just as much the student's job to build as it is the teachers'.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 24, 2004

The worst school experience ever. If your child needs extra support don't expect to get it from this school. They would rather push students that require support right out the door.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2004

I'm not a parent, but a student of SHS, and I am in my senior year. SHS may seem like a fancy schmancy school and we have nice test scores, but our school is pathetic. If we have so many teachers, then why are the majority of my classes with 32+ students, that is not an education! Our school spent a million dollars on a new athletic complex, but we are laying off teachers left and right! The school treats you as if you are a nobody if you are not on a sports' team or student government. Put this stuff in your profile. Don't send your kids to SHS, they'll just end up another number.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 7, 2004

First of all, the lack of diversity at Livonia Stevenson may be present, however, how much can you really ask when Livonia, MI was the 'whitest city in America' according to the 2000 census (there are articles on this that I care not to reference at the moment). Should a school be blamed for the lack of diversity that the city maintains? Possibly. Yet there are 3 other high schools within the Livonia city limits (including Clarenceville), and they are going to have a hard time supporting diversity when 97% of the city's population is white.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 30, 2004

I am a current student at Stevenson and I agree that there is no diversity and most of the teachers...emphesize most do not care about teaching and seem like they are only in it for the money. Punishment is suspension and they let the kids back in and ignore what they did and continue to let it happen. They also budget cut the lowest inexpierenced teachers....They are the best teachers there and that is what students complain about the most! Yeah we got an A from the school grading system but do they really go into the details of the student population or what the students think? Not really!
—Submitted by a student


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Social Studies

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

464 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 2013.

486 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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45%

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50%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2013.

486 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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69%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 26% in 2013.

486 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
39%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 38% in 2013.

487 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

486 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
66%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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

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How schools in the state rate:

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

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ACT participation

96%

Average ACT score

22

Graduation rate

95%


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
White 88% 69%
African-American 3% 18%
Asian 3% 3%
Multiracial 3% 2%
Hispanic 2% 6%
American Indian 0% 1%
Native Hawaiian N/A 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 14%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  • Mr. James Gibbons
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33500 6 Mile Rd
Livonia, MI 48152
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