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1300 Campus Parkway
Saline, MI 48176

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October 14, 2014
I don't go to Saline, in fact I live 3 hours away, but all of my closest friends go there. Everyone I've met there has been absolutely amazing, I want more than anything to go to Saline High School for the rest of my highschool life. By far the most impressive school I've seen.

- submitted by a community member
February 20, 2014
Saline High School is one of the top ranked schools in the state of Michigan. The staff is willing to help at a moments notice, the principals are wonderful, welcoming and always set a high standard. The student's are supportive, bright and willing to learn. Our girls are more than properly prepared for college thanks to this amazing high school experience. We have moved several times and have found Saline Area Schools to be by far the best district our children have had the great opportunity to attend. Thank you SAS, Jennifer Leathers

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2013
As a recent graduate, I cannot say enough about how much I loved my time here! Reading other reviews, I was so surprised - I think there will always be those who don't mesh with the teachers or administration, but overall Saline always seemed to me like one of the happiest places, and new students always seem to fit right in. The academics are exceptional, and each teacher seems to genuinely care about his or her students (the AP teachers are especially brilliant and innovative). I felt engaged and challenged academically, but the rigor always had purposeful, real-world applications. Going into college, I feel much more prepared than students from other schools. I was most involved in the music department, the sports programs (plug: do cross country!!), and various service clubs, and all of these were top-notch. Walking through the hallways each day, I really did just feel so blessed, amazed by the state-of-the-art culinary kitchen, auto garage, pool, football field, cafe, school store, library, TV studio... Saline is truly an amazing place, and I was lucky to have attended.

- submitted by a student
May 14, 2013
Being a part of Saline High School not only gave me one of the best opportunities to learn and to expand my education, but it also helped me grow as an individual and use resources to make connections that I probably couldn't have been able to make if I were to live or attend school elsewhere. Not all, but some take advantage of the fact that we are blessed to have such a school which allows us to learn about further opportunities outside of high school. For example, I've been in several classes which have allowed past students, guests, educators, and even military recruiters to come in and speak with us about education and career opportunities. For my case, my special experience was meeting and discussing with a Navy recruiter what options I had towards joining one of the best military branches. As it turns out, I, an enlisted female, will be coming back with a Navy recruiter after graduation to discuss with and educate one of my past classes. I feel honored. So, thank you, Saline High School, for being the best high school in our nation. Your opportunities and education benefits are appreciated for giving me such a privilege!

- submitted by a student
February 27, 2013
The high school's academics are tough- but only if you take courses designated to test yourself. If you are looking for the reputation Saline has for its academics, then you should have your child take our honors and AP classes, otherwise you will find the curriculum as a whole extremely lacking. Furthermore, if you are a new student, you will find the culture of Saline very cold and aloof. It is very hard for new students to make friends and unless you are in an after school activity then you will struggle with acclimation. However, once you have found a group of people, you can find the atmosphere very welcoming. It just take awhile to acclimate yourself to the culture. The people are somewhat rude, very unfriendly, and homogenous, but if you can get past this and stick your neck out then you will find your experience pleasant. All in all the school is what you make of it. If you dont want to challenge yourself and stick your neck out, you will find yourself lost and upset with the school. Also if you are moving in I STRONGLY recommend you to join a group and/or sport. It is really the only way to get into the somewhat privative social scene. The school isn't great, but ok.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2012
This is the perfect school for you if you are the perfect, white, sport loving, academic minded family. Teachers and admins rule the roost and parent/student voices do not hold much weight. Classrooms are very traditional with lots of sitting and listening to lectures. They do nothing in the way of team building and teaching respect for others. Saline High School makes learning a chore with lots of busy work and meaningless lesson plans and in no way do they make learning challenging and fun. I graduated from SHS as did my son and we both felt it was like a prison. My son is an excellent student and is in college now, but came to Saline after being at the wonderful Honey Creek Charter School where kids voices matter and the learning environment is challenging and fun. He left there with such high self esteem only to have it crushed by the cold atmosphere of Saline High School. Think twice about going if you want your child to be respected and have a wonderful learning experience.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2011
Saline schools are full of the "good old boys club mentality" right down to the core. Academics=busy work. Few care if your kid doesn't fit in-SHS was like a prison for our kids and lacks diversity in almost every way possible. There are good qualities in Saline but the worst quality of the school system is arrogance and an ego that eclipses the blaring need for diversity in every area a human being can be diverse. In our experience-the staff is never wrong when you make a complaint. Period. If you like a homogenous 1 size fits all conform or get out of town mentality then you will love Saline. the High School was one of the worst experiences for our kids ever. NO DIVERSITY. Too much emphasis on sports and not on being a good human being and respecting differences in others. The academics are over touted and the sports are all that matters with the pervasive "we are number 1" mentality we grew to despise. Many people forget there is a great big world out there full of DIVERSITY. A warm community welcomes you-not shouting: stay out if you don't conform. Saline has a long way to go-about 2 decades IMO. If people say, "if you don't like it leave" there's your answer.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2011
Music and cross country programs outstanding. School culture is that it is cool to be smart, and kind. Many strong academic performers and AP programs. Many students gain admission to highly selective colleges, including (the most recent class), dozens to U of M, plus MIT, Stanford, U of Chicago, Princeton. May seem cliquey to outsiders, but mainly because most kids have grown up together. Many highly scheduled kids - new kids should join a sport or band to make friends. English department has a few excellent teachers but a few downright incompetent ones. Athletics are sometimes over-emphasized. Excellent tech programs.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
Saline excels in academics and athletics. Three state titles have been won this year, and it seems as though every year more than one person gets a 36 on the ACT. The teachers definitely care about the students, but the administration... the administration cares a about money much more than the students. The counselors aren't truly that helpful, as there are about 450 students per counselor. The math, science and social studies programs are exceptional, as well as the marketing and tech programs, but it seems as if half the English teachers are functionally illiterate. There isn't a lot of bullying, as most people mind to themselves. There isn't a huge party scene at Saline, but pot is easy easily acquirable. AP classes prepare one especially well for the exams, and test scores are pretty high. Also, the music department is phenomenal.

- submitted by a student
April 28, 2010
Saline excels in academics and athletics. Three state titles have been won this year, and it seems as though every year more than one person gets a 36 on the ACT. The teachers definitely care about the students, but the administration... the administration cares a about money much more than the students. The counselors aren't truly that helpful, as there are about 450 students per counselor. The math, science and social studies programs are exceptional, as well as the marketing and tech programs, but it seems as if half the English teachers are functionally illiterate. There isn't a lot of bullying, as most people mind to themselves. There isn't a huge party scene at Saline, but pot is easy easily acquirable. AP classes prepare one especially well for the exams, and test scores are pretty high. Also, the music department is phenomenal.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2010
This school is geared toward those who invest their time in academics and are academically above average. Those who fall below average need to be a squeaky wheel to get what they need. The help is there, it just won't be thrown in your direction. The school places a lot of emphasis on sports and excels in several of them. Their music program is phenomenal. The facilities are top notch (and should be for the price we paid for the school and the taxes we pay to support it). No school can lump their teachers into one category as they are all human and everyone is different. We have had excellent teachers, as well as a few who should look into other career fields. However the good far outnumber the bad. Open house student conferences are worthless. If there is a problem call your teacher for a private appointment.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2009
Saline High School it is far from what it seems in the outside. Academics are exceptional-- if you're an excellent student. Most classes are full with 35 students. Individualized help is hard to come across. Teachers will not reach out to students unless the student approaches the teacher. Teaching styles vary greatly from teacher to teacher, as does the curriculum. Athletics are heavily emphasized. Coaches can be controlling of student's lives, banning athletes from school football games, dances, and activities. Most students participate in a sport. Social life can be stressful. Saline is very clique-y. Racial jokes are common in conversation. There is a rule banning cell phone use, but most teachers and students ignore it. Overall, the school has an air of aloofness around it-- the students and faculty seem to consider themselves better than other schools in the area. Bright spots include the music, art, and English programs.

- submitted by a student
July 27, 2009
Graduated 2007 and hated every minute here the school looks clean and perfect on the outside but being a student at this school is a real treat. If you don't have a love of acidemics and want to be on the honor roll then you get left to fend for yourself and not get much help. The school loves to project a perfect image of itself no matter what the cost to students.

- submitted by a community member
February 22, 2009
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- submitted by a student
November 20, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
no rating April 18, 2008
Heavy on sports. Good counsellors. Responsive teachers (when contact is initiated by parents). Awesome art department and AP art program. Strong music. Cliques. Beautiful facility. Lots of community support. Safe. My student reports lots of drug and alcohol use among kids at school. Overall - a great school.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2008
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December 08, 2007
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- submitted by a student
October 05, 2007
We moved here over 5 yrs ago in hopes for a wonderful school. It was ok till my son started High school. He has been bullied ridiculed, treated very unfairly. We built a new home here wanted the best education for our children. To only be very disappointed in how they are being treated. Special education students are not being treated right.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2007
The band and sports programs are awesome. The staff is helpful and they welcome newcomers - students help with freshman orientation. Like many things, Saline Schools will be what you put into it. It is too big for the teachers to be initiating contact with you every time Johnny has a bad day. For example, student teacher conferences at the high school are open house style so you aren't guaranteed a time and may have to wait in line to see a teacher. The good thing is that your and their time is not wasted if you have nothing you need to talk about. In the middle school the students facilitate the parent teacher conference to ease some of the burden on the teachers. However, if you contact the teachers they are responsive. Go to orientation and find out the method they prefer (email or voicemail) and use it.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2006
We haven't been impressed with the curriculum, which seems to vary drastically from teacher to teacher. This was not the case at the other public high school our children attended. I find it interesting that most of the ardent defenders of Saline have grammatical errors in their postings.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2006
As for our family, we have found some great teachers at Saline, but the overall atmosphere seems sports-obsessed and *not* academically intense.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2006
Very good academics in a solid enviroment...good college prepreatory program

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2006
I am an alumnus of the Saline system and I agree strongly with the allegations made that there is an overwhelming arrogance that encapsulates the area. Townies who have never left the safe confines of this once small rural town, and wreak of the aforementioned arrogance, are the pillars of the community and make up a large portion of the school administration and teachers. I lived there almost my entire life until graduation and would never dream of moving back and subjecting my children to that kind of 'good-ol'-boy' bureaucracy. Once teachers are tenured, they stop teaching. Teachers who actually make a difference and stand up against the 'norm' are ousted. As a former athlete I would like to say that the athletics did not adhere to this same mold. Unfortunately there was as much, or more, political pull for the Saline 'lifers' here as well. A TERRIBLE school system.

- submitted by a former student
October 22, 2005
Saline schools as per quality of education is decent. They intensively promote sports, which can be hard to deal with. In my experience, the faculty is poor at contacting parents when students have a problem, and due to the large size of the district, treat all families as a number. Many people in Saline are related, which may cause difficulty in dealing with teachers and administration as some often protect each other. The teachers are often married, at different schools within the district and some remind parents how long they have lived in Saline and how everyone is connected. There are a few really good teachers who are new, and as such have no connection to the good old boys club that is so pervasive in this district. The pressure to participate in sports is all consuming and the mood is one of absolute conformity in my opinion.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2005
These reviews are ridiculous. The high school curriculum is excelent. If students choose to take 'slacker' classes, that is their choice. However, most students pick classes to help them get into colleges. Just look at how many students are going to great colleges. To say that the curriculum is lacking is to be seriously ignorant.

- submitted by a former student
September 06, 2005
My children live with their father in Saline so they attend SHS. This is their 3rd year. I feel that the teachers thus far have not done a good job of keeping me informed even though I have asked each year. I have yet to receive school pictures of my children. Their father informs me of nothing that goes on in the school so I have to depend on the school. I agree that the majority of those in Saline are arrogant. I am not impressed. My children went to a Class B school previously and it was nice to have a good rapport with the teachers and parents. For me that does not exist with Saline High School. It is just too big and too snooty for this to exist.

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2005
I'm a senior at SHS. I've been on the drumline for 4 years and it's been a diplay of what Saline has been all around. We've had times where the bonds suffered, but in the end, we came out strong. Best section 2 years in a row. The academic structure is like that in most settings. Though there are exceptions, like I think part of the math department suffers because of the huge level range of students. But in general, the classes are difficult as you get older, but all the way, you are being prepared for college. There is little mercy from some teachers and alot from others. But that's how it is.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2004
I don't agree with the previous feedback from Sept. If a student puts academic excellence as their #1 priority and is willing to sacrifice some of their free time, they can get an excellent education at SHS and have some terrific teachers and AC/AP courses available to them for that purpose. I do agree that there are many student who do not take advantage of this academic richness who are fully capable of achieving academic excellence. I believe that has a lot to do with their parents and their priorities, which is a real shame. I've learned a lot from my son's experience (Junior this year) who is both a good athlete and an excellent student. I'm very proud of how he's leveraged SHS to his advantage and toward his goal of attending Univ. of Michigan, where I work.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2004
I feel that Mrs. Trainor the 9th grade English teacher is a great teacher and that she does a great job teaching students!

- submitted by a student
May 12, 2004
Saline's Band program is directed by a very great director, Nate Lampman. 'Lampman' is a great music director and never stops trying until the music sounds great. Mr. Lampman works very hard to make everything go smoothly. I have been to 3 different school districs and Saline's music program is by far the best one yet!

- submitted by a student
March 19, 2004
Some people complain that Saline teachers are to rigid with the students but that is why Saline produces so many productive and well educated children. If you give children an inch, they will take a mile so I feel it's all part of Saline's terrific curriculum and teaching style. I would think parents would be happier with a rigid form of teaching more so than one that is too lax. We moved to the Saline school district for that very reason and have been extremely happy. As parents of children in the Saline school district, lets continue to do everything in our power to keep school of choice out of Saline.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2004
Your teachers in room 39 are very rude to the students. They do not talk right and they give out wrong answers. This school is not that great at all.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2004
I am so happy my kids have been able to attend school in Saline. My kids are surrounded by kids who have been raised with moral values, whose parents are committed to raising successful, responsible human beings. My only complaint is that while all teachers have been competent, some tend to be rigid and uncaring. Accepting no late work for any reason, for example, demonstrates a lack of care and understanding. On the whole, however, this is the best district I've ever seen.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2004
Saline offers academic excellence, as well as many excellent extra-curriculars not typtically associated with this size of a school district. Parents are actively involved. Our children have been in the district K-12.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2003
Saline has a great school district, but children who don't catch on as quickly as other students seem to get lost in the shuffle.

- submitted by a community member
August 19, 2003
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- submitted by a former student
August 10, 2003
Both of my children have been to this school from 9-12. They loved it, and I knew they were getting a great education. My son was in the marching band drumline, who loved the dicipline and strength.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
Saline High School is absolutely one of the best in the state of Michigan... the teachers are great and the students enjoy the school.

- submitted by a former student
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Saline High School
1300 Campus Parkway, Saline, MI  48176
(734) 429-8030
Last modified Saline High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Saline High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top