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Suttons Bay Senior High School

Public | 7-12 & ungraded | 268 students

 
 

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Posted February 27, 2014

When relocating to the area, we could live anywhere central to Traverse City, and we studied closely the school options. We chose Suttons Bay for its test scores, graduation percentage, the athletic programs, and, not least important, the diversity. Ten years later we are so validated in our choice, not once rethinking our children would be better off elsewhere. The students have opportunities for high-quality education, in an environment where their academic progress is closely monitored and guided. No child's education is without trial, and I am grateful that my children are in a district, and indeed a community, that embraces them in both good times and bad. I look forward to both kids graduating, proudly, from Suttons Bay High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2013

My children now ages 12 and 15 have attended Suttons Bay Schools since Kindergarten. My son is now in the 10th grade and my daughter is in 7th grade. I love Suttons Bay Schools and more importantly my kids love their school. This is the only county school that I am aware of that truly offers an individualized education for the students. If a student is excelling they move ahead, if they need extra help it is provided. With school funding at an all time low SBPS has been very creative in continuing to offer a wide range of excellent classes. Some of the offerings are Early College, Marching Band, Concert Band, Art, Art Appreciation and Music along with all the core subjects. The school is small enough that if a student wants to participate in band or in any sports program they are welcomed with open arms. And, in both music/arts and sports the teams are very competitive. Our test scores are not as high as some of the other schools because there is a very diverse socio economic group of students at SBPS. Many students enter our school with low scores and improve rapidly the longer they stay. Upon graduation students gone on to excel at colleges and universities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2007

Out of all the schools in Leelanau & Grand Traverse we chose Suttons Bay Schools for our children to transfer to from NH. It did not have the exclusiveness of Leland but also our children would not get lost in the mix of Traverse City. It has had a couple fo speed bumps to hurdle but overall we feel it has exceeded our expectations. With diligence and teacher committment our children arzaare growing into fine people. I would always recommend this school for its passion to kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2007

Suttons Bay Public Schools has been striving for, and I think, is close to reaching, a goal of academic variety and excellence, rich exposure and availability of the arts, and strong sport and extracurricular activities. Though I am not very involved the sport arena at Suttons Bay, I have seen team after team go on to state and regional finals. There are some exceptional teachers available there as well, such as Nancy Scott, Ben Lantz and Todd and Nikki Hursey. The school is the only one in the county to offer Photography classes and offers a variety of invigorationg courses. The best part of Suttons Bay for me was being involved in Theatre and Choir. There are some truly talented directors involved in the plays at Suttons Bay who will go out of their way to help passionate students become better and learn more. It's a great school.
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.
Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2014.

40 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
28%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

40 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

39 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
56%
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 35% in 2014.

34 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
21%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

34 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

34 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
21%

2013

 
 
19%

2011

 
 
18%
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

Social Studies

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

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
15%
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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
33%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

42 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

42 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
21%

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
34%
Social Studies

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

42 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
37%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

42 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
41%
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 Students26%
Female24%
Male29%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White29%
Economically disadvantaged0%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities28%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Reading

All Students55%
Female67%
Male43%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities59%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Science

All Students21%
Female10%
Male33%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White26%
Economically disadvantaged8%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities23%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Social Studies

All Students36%
Female29%
Male43%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Writing

All Students43%
Female48%
Male38%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged8%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities46%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

Test score rating 20131What's this?

Test score rating examines how students at this school performed on standardized tests compared with other schools in Michigan. Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

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Math growth at this school

Average

Reading growth at this school

Above average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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ACT participation

98%

Average ACT score

19

Graduation rate

75%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 net growth (significant improvement/improvement - significant decrease/decrease) according to Performance Level Changes from the state of Michigan.

3 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 58% 69%
American Indian 22% 1%
Hispanic 14% 6%
Multiracial 5% 2%
Asian 1% 3%
African-American 0% 18%
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 44%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Raphael Rittenhouse
Fax number
  • (231) 271-8690

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500 South Elm St
Suttons Bay, MI 49682
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