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Valley Lutheran High School

Private | 9-12

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $109,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $630.

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Posted July 15, 2013

Valley Lutheran is the top school in the Saginaw area, and I don't really think it is close. It has very strong academics that prepare students for some of the top schools in the country. VLHS has the best athletic facilities around as well. Strong head coaches have helped lead an athletic resurgence for the Chargers in the last decade. If you are even thinking of sending your son or daughter to Valley I strongly encourage you to do it. I have seen so many families regret not sending their students. Please, don't make that mistake yourself.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 30, 2013

I'm currently a senior at Valley Lutheran, and I love it! the teachers are great, the student body is great. Valley is a great high school! I've enjoyed my 4 years here. Valley has given me opportunities that I could not have experienced at any other high school. I've gotten to play sports, be in plays, and even the band.No one teases you for being in band. Every part of Valley is great. There is one thing I hate about Valley. Valley doesn't have air conditioning. No matter who you are, there's a teacher at Valley who will understand and help you through anything.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 7, 2012

I would highly recommend this school. The school really challenges the students. All I can say is that when I went to college it was easy compared to going to Valley. I was well prepared by Valley's education system. You must go here if you plan to attend college!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 26, 2011

I did not realize the benefits of my Valley education until I began college. Valley not only challenged me intellectually, but gave me the skills to feel confident in myself and pushed me to see what I was capable of. The teachers genuinely care about you and are constantly working to cultivate you in order that you may reach your full potential. Whatever your interests are or wherever your passions lead, Valley provides you with the resources to make your dreams come true. I could not be any more grateful for my time there, experiences had, and friendships forged, not only with students, but with faculty and staff as well. Valley isn't just a school. It's a family.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 10, 2009

VAlley Lutheran High School is an awesome school. I am free to talk about my faith, and I grow spiritually everyday. The teachers always try their best to teach us what we need to know, and the students are all so nice. I lave Valley Lutheran!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 27, 2005

As a parent of twin freshman, I have to say that I am so glad I chose Valley. Yes, there are costs involved, both $$$ and time, but they are minimal when compared to the caring and genuine instruction students receive. Being nurtured in an openly Christian environment through the years of high school is a primary consideration for me and I am so pleased with the daily encouragement my children receive in their faith. VLHS endures many of the same obstacles to learning that any public high school endures, but solves problems based on Christian principles and treats all students as members of God's family. Valley's people (faculty and staff) is what sets VLHS apart. They are the best and they truly care about each and every student! Moreover, the students CARE about one another...it shows!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2005

I love this school! It is so much fun, and very safe. It has a great teaching staff, and the aura here is to die for. It is always fun and a great place to meet people. Everyone has friends, no matter what you're involved in. I strongly recomend this school to anyone looking.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 19, 2005

This school is the one of the best high schools in the Saginaw area, if not the best. I am actually not a parent but a alumni, I enjoyed every second that I spent at this school and I understand that it does cost some money to send you children to this school but I can guarentee you will be very happy with this school. the teachers and staff are involved and caring. I loved this school. Also this school has great extracurricular activities that all students can get involved in, and most of all you can learn and talk openly about the Lord.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Social Studies

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

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 91% 69%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
African-American 2% 19%
Hispanic 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Multiracial 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. John Brandt
Gender
  • Coed
Affiliation
  • Lutheran church - missouri synod
Fax number
  • (989) 790-1680

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3560 McCarty Road
Saginaw, MI 48603
Phone: (989) 790-1676

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