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Southfield High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1039 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted September 27, 2013

I subbed in this school one time and it will be the last. A good 50% of the students know how to behave to get the most out their education. Unfortunately for them, the other 50% behave like spoiled, overindulged clowns who prefer to play games with adults rather than take their education seriously. These are the people who will blame others for their misfortunes resulting from their poor choices. Teachers I came in contact with were dedicated, caring talented and overwhelmed. They were very professional in their treatment of students and seemed genuinely concerned about each individual. Teaching strategies I saw looked challenging and engaging. Secretaries were rude and treat guests like they are less important than their personal conversations. There was no standardized sub folder with helpful items such as bell schedule, map, etc. I was handed attendance sheets then snubbed. This lack of systemic professionalism screams lack of leadership. One cool thing the school has are segways for security personnel which they probably need given the size of the school and the afore mentioned student behavior. Imagine the student resources they could buy with that money! Parent involvment!


Posted January 17, 2013

The student body is weak, we need to step up, and I feel that it takes a persons own self motivation and that's what I feel shs is trying to do, and any kid can do it but some may need a push from teachers, staff, and you parents. I am not a perfect student, but I am bright, smart, and have leadership qualities, I know whats possible, and I plan on getting higher scores, I don't care what it takes, I plan on representing southfield public schools, and I plan on being a leader, and I plan on taking this a step further, and attempting to make a change, for not just myself but for my peers, because I care ,do you? Don't waste your time being mad at the system, change it, don't waste your time, when you go pick up you kids, go to the administrative office right behind the school, and request to talk to the lady in charge of sps, when she won't come out...don't make a scene....make a stand!!!Gather up other mothers, teachers, principles and change it up make it a big deal try!!!! Please our futures depend on it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 21, 2012

I concur with an earlier review about the Principal...& actually the administration as a whole...their biggest concerns are dress code & hall sweeps...if 1/4 as much effort was put into enhancing & developing the curriculum to be in line with West Bloom, Farmington, Bloomfield & other surrounding districts, this school would be 5 stars. Its absolutely ridiculous. Its all about policy-not really reviewing polcies & procedures to determine whats really best for the students & challenge to change it. THAT would be too much work & too much like right. The vice Principal, God bless her.. is snappy, mean & standoffish..I look very young, so assuming I was a student she saw me the hall & proceded to talk to me like she would normally speak to students..I quickly checked her & let her know that she was speaking to a PhD candidate not some hoodlum on the street. I also implored her to not ever address another parent or a student like that again. Lastly, there are MANY students here that live in Detroit. THAT is a problem that needs immediate correction. My tax dollars being stretched to cover them is not fair to my children. Take a loan, send your child to private school, trust me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2011

I'm going to start off by saying that some of the teachers are great and are not at fault for the poor quality of this school, however there are many problems with it. The current principal is so concerned with dress code that it seems he doesn't even care about academics. The school also has a shortage on some books and is slowly losing a lot of its extra curricular activities. If you have the choice between this school and any other school in Southfield then the decision should definitely not be this one. Take your child to a school where they care more about academic achievement and less about untucked shirts.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 25, 2007

Teachers seem overwhelmed and getting any information out of them is like pulling teeth. Wonderful facility though.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2005

The quality of academics is competitive. My daughter is a freshman and is in Scholars Plus. She on the Tennis team and Ochestra. She has all honors classes and participates in many extracurricular school sponsored activities. The programs are avaialable, sports, music,arts, etc. The parents must get more involved so they're aware of the opportunities that exist. When parents know what's happening they are able to encourage their children to get involved. The school is undergoing major remodeling which is great, it could use it. It makes it a better place to learn and fresh paint always brighten things up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2005

Yes people do attend that dont live in oakland county, but no one complains when count day comes around. Teacher quality is good. They do care but some dont just like in every other school. There are many problems with the school. Too many rules, its old, smells, bathrooms are not sanitary, no soap to wash hands, and poor ventilation. Out of ten i give the school a 4.75
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 15, 2004

I currently attend SHS (Sophomore). It isn't as good as Holly, but has a lot of good extra-curricular activities such as robotics and SHS is sponsored by NASA. Nice, could be better, currently being remodeled.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 20, 2004

No, this school is not as good as most schools in Oakland County, however, it succeeds in effort. Effort to become better. I am a graduate of Southfield High School and I have an eleventh grader who attends there as well who does cheerleading and track. She has a 3.8 GPA and is very fond of the school. When I was contemplating moving, she argued immensly. I just want to tell DR. Jones that he is doing a marvelous job with this school and to keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2004

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 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.

269 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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4%
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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.

216 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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3%

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3%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

217 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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25%

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31%

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29%

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32%
Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

218 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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4%

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3%

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4%
Social Studies

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

216 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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12%

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6%

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17%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

217 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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17%

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16%

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20%

2011

 
 
19%
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%
Female2%
Male4%
African American2%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged1%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities3%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Reading

All Students25%
Female29%
Male22%
African American24%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged22%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities27%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Science

All Students4%
Female3%
Male5%
African American3%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged3%
Students with disabilities3%
Students without disabilities4%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Social Studies

All Students12%
Female15%
Male9%
African American11%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged10%
Students with disabilities3%
Students without disabilities14%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Writing

All Students17%
Female25%
Male9%
African American16%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged13%
Students with disabilities3%
Students without disabilities20%
English language learnersn/a
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%
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

92%

Average ACT score

16

Graduation rate

90%


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 97% 18%
White 2% 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 59%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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24675 Lahser Rd
Southfield, MI 48033
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