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Sturgis High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 893 students

 
 

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Posted August 25, 2009

This year will be my senior year at SHS, and I feel confident in saying that while SHS is not perfect, it could also be alot worse. Although you might hear otherwise from other students, the academics are really very good. Among the major issues are administrative issues and the fact that oftentimes, more emphasis is put on sports (mostly football) than on academics or on the arts. Sturgis High School boasts many ecellent teams such as swimming and cross country, although the football team in recent years has left something to be desired. SHS has an award-winning band and aazing teachers, and i am thankful to have spent my four years here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 24, 2009

I have taught at 8 different school both public and private and this is by far the best. The administration really cares about both the teachers and the students, there are more activities every year and more opportunities every year. I will be here for a long time. The students are great the teachers are great, and the community is great.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 25, 2008

i do not enjoy going to school here! If you're not in a sport, you are an outcast, and football dominates over all! the academics stink, and i'm not fond of the principle, however hard he may try.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 3, 2007

After having two children attend Sturgis Schools, I would say that they lack in every aspect of education. They rank below average in writing, and are abysmally average in math, reading and science. While most teachers are competent, the administration is sub-par and lacking in almost every aspect. Dishonesty and good old boy rules abound in this cliquish, overwhelmingly white community, where money is key to all doors, and opportunity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2007

This school has always prided itself on academics, but has fallen behind the rest. The arts program is neglected, although the teachers are fantastic. Sports are the king in the school and if you aren't an athlete, forget it.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 14, 2004

In my four years at SHS, I was given many oppertunities to grow not only as a student but as a person. I feel greatful for all that was given to me. The staff was always willing to help with a acedemic problem, or a personal one. I must mention that if you have the oppertunity to take a class with Brand, Haylett, Gorsuch, Dickey, or Miller you must. These are not just gifted teachers, they are lifelong mentors and friends. I do think that SHS could improve from an administrative point. My only wish is that SHS become more student friendly when it comes to decision making processes.
—Submitted by a former student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

240 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
23%

2013

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
27%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

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.

193 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
21%

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
25%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

195 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
50%
Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

193 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
18%

2011

 
 
28%
Social Studies

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

194 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
40%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

196 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
47%
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 Students21%
Female16%
Male26%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic7%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White24%
Economically disadvantaged8%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities24%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Reading

All Students54%
Female53%
Male54%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities57%
English language learners20%
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Science

All Students24%
Female19%
Male28%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic7%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White28%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities27%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Social Studies

All Students41%
Female33%
Male48%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic17%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilities5%
Students without disabilities46%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Writing

All Students41%
Female44%
Male39%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic14%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White49%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities46%
English language learners0%
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

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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

19

Graduation rate

91%


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 70% 69%
Hispanic 26% 6%
African-American 2% 18%
Multiracial 2% 2%
Asian 1% 3%
American Indian 0% 1%
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 47%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Ron Ehlers
Fax number
  • (269) 659-1532

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216 Vinewood Ave
Sturgis, MI 49091
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Phone: (269) 659-1515

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