School Details

South Lake High School

21900 East 9 Mile Rd, Saint Clair Shores, MI 48080
(586) 435-1401

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 673 students 20 students/teacher (MI avg is 18)

Test Scores by grade




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.
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  • South Lake Schools average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

South Lake High School is a public high school in Saint Clair Shores. The principal of South Lake High School is Ms. Carmen Kennedy and can be contacted at 673 children attend South Lake High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 58% of the 673 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at South Lake High School is 20:1. Kellwood School (Alternative) is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • German
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 49% 68%
Black, non-Hispanic 44% 26%
Hispanic 3% 2%
Multiracial 2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.7%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Asian 1% %
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 58% 37%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Wonderful community! Great teachers! Love it!! Principal and Assistant Principal are the best! We are a family.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is my daughters first year at SLHS and she loves it. She came from SLMS another school that she talks fondly of. As a parent I can't be happier with my choice of sending my children to the South Lake Middle and High Schools. The HS offers a number of after school clubs and sports. Ms. Kennedy (Principal) and Mr. Fringer (Vice Principal) always make themselves available to parents. I have met a number of parents who are friendly and support the school.

  • (1 year ago)

    South Lake is filled with TONS of wonderful students excelling in academics sports and community involvement. The staff is so supportive and one of the most involved staffs I have heard of. The parents are exceptional - always willing to help out. I have 3 kids that have gone through / are going through from beginning to end and wouldn't trade it for anything. I am proud to be a Cavalier!

  • (1 year ago)

    Its a shame of what this school has become..thanks administrators! School of choice was a great idea!

  • (1 year ago)

    South Lake is probably one of the worst schools in St. Clair shores if not the worst. Many teachers aren't skilled teachers miss numerous amount of school days.

  • (1 year ago)

    The teachers are forced to keep their doors locked because of violence between white students and black students. Need I say more? Keep your child out of here!

  • (1 year ago)

    This school like many others in SCS has gone seriously downhill because of "school of choice". Throwing open the gates to people who do not live in the shores has resulted in lower test scores and more disruptions in the classroom. If you want to take a chance with your child and be part of some cumbaya social experiment gone wrong this is the place. Be warned teachers are writing some of the favorable reviews.

  • (2 years ago)

    Our South Lake experience has been great! From the benefits of a multicultural student population to AP and standard curriculum to sporting and extracurricular events we are highly pleased! The expectations and quality of education are demonstrated from the principal staff and students. If your son or daughter desires to succeed and not merely slide by i recommend South Lake High School.

  • (2 years ago)

    I heard that they dropped some AP classes. I am dissappointed. Advanced classes are to prepare our kids for college.

  • (2 years ago)

    It seems to be getting worse and worse! The counselors might as well not even be there! From the time my oldest to youngest went a span of five years it changed considerably my youngest graduated top five in his class yet could not get important info from his counselor to save His life! I was very disheartened by that impaticularly apparently she was another counselors daughter). She acted aloof and couldn't care less by the way! Unless your in AP classes the classrooms are so disruptive with kids not wanting to learn that it seemed impossible to get an education! It's SO sad! I love St Clair Shores and am disappointed that SL has gone this direction! I wanted t to be good so badley! We have been out for five years now!

  • (3 years ago)

    South Lake is a horrible school. The teachers aren't qualified to teach the students are rude mean and very immature. The staff isnt friendly and as i said lots of racial comments/problems. I wouldnt reccommend this school to anybody. If your thinking about sending your child there don't. If you want to go don't. Your student will not succeed and if your just going to see your friends your making a huge mistake. Plus the school doesn't meet college requirements.

  • (4 years ago)

    As a former class vice-president and 4.0 student at this school I must admit that South Lake has not prepared me for college. I attended UofM after graduation and was surprised to see how much I did not learn in some of my 'college preparatory' classes. SL does not have a strong AP curriculum; something I believe is an excellent predictor of college readiness. Instead of giving students a thorough education teachers are more often concerned with meeting requirements set by the state and/or administration. Some of the teachers are excellent however particularly in the science department and the Spanish language department. Overall South Lake is not a bad school however if you (or your child depending on who is reading this) is hoping to receive a thorough education before attending a university South Lake may just not have enough opportunities.

  • (4 years ago)

    Horrible school. Asst Principal is arrogant does not even want to speak with parents. Do not intend to send my child to this school again next year.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great school for my son who is in the Link program and a leader. Teachers care and work hard.

  • (5 years ago)

    South Lake has made tough decisions to face racial disparities head on. Kids have many choices. My daughter is taking Mandarin and advanced math.

  • (6 years ago)

    I had 2 children who attended South Lake Schools. I choose not to send my younger child to the High School for this simple reason my older child throughout his tenure at times did not have a book desk or a teacher. He was forced to do an independent study for a AP Level Math or submit to taking bowling or video production in its place. The school board is a joke. Everything is pre planned for a united front. Not willing to make the hard line changes to better the schools.

  • (6 years ago)

    South Lake School is not s place for minority students. The principal is opinionated and will not listne to reason. The curriculum does not meet college requirements that will prepare students for the future. If you want anything out of South Lake you must be part of the elite club. If you are not there is no chance to be sucessful at South Lake High School.

  • (6 years ago)

    South Lake High is not a good school to go to. I am a freshman at the school and I can already see through everything things that it would take some people their entire high school career to realize. The principal is very ignorant rude and unfair to students and parent as well. I will soon be leaving South Lake and I think that I will be much happier. I advise anyone who thinking about joining South Lake or parents who are thinking of sending there kids there to no go through with it. It is not a good school to go to. The curriculum is not hard just much homework to do. My 8th grade work was harder than what we have to do at SL. It is to your best advantage to go somewhere else other than SL. And I think that a HUGE change needs to be made at that school before I even think about going back.

  • (7 years ago)

    Great teachers and leaders in this district

  • (9 years ago)

    I graduated from South Lake High School in 2000. I found when I entered college that I was totally unprepared for what was waiting for me. I believe much of the curriculum is 'watered down' so as to keep grade averages above average for the state. The counselors who actually cared (Gough and Burke) are no longer working at South Lake and the few teachers who cared have all either retired passed away or have subsided to allow the more 'mainstream' styled teachers to run the show. It saddens me greatly to see what South Lake High has become; I believe I graduated on the cusp of what were great years in true education- full personal education. Now it is the greater image of the school that holds the faculty s endeavors.

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