School Details

Saline High School

1300 Campus Parkway, Saline, MI 48176
(734) 429-8030
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1822 students 21 students/teacher (MI avg is 18)

Test Scores by grade

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Michigan Merit Examination (MME)

In 2011-2012 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 means it 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.
  • This school in 2011
  • Saline Area Schools average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Saline High School is a public high school in Pittsfield Township. The principal of Saline High School is Julie Helber, whose e-mail is helberj@saline.k12.mi.us. 1,822 students go to Saline High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 7% of the 1,822 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Saline High School is 21:1. Washtenaw Christian Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 90% 91%
Asian 5% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Hispanic 3% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
Multiracial 0.6% %
Hawaiian 0.2% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% %
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.05% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 7% 6%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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!

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (3 years ago)

    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.

  • (3 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

  • (6 years ago)

    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.

  • (7 years ago)

    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.

  • (7 years ago)

    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.

  • (8 years ago)

    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.

  • (8 years ago)

    As for our family we have found some great teachers at Saline but the overall atmosphere seems sports-obsessed and *not* academically intense.

  • (8 years ago)

    Very good academics in a solid enviroment...good college prepreatory program

  • (9 years ago)

    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.

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