School Details

South Lake Middle School

21621 California Street, Saint Clair Shores, MI 48080
(586) 435-1300
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 443 students 19 students/teacher (MI avg is 18)

Test Scores by grade

32%
32%
42%
53%
53%
72%
13%
13%
27%

MI00195

None
84%
84%
85%
80%
80%
84%
61%
61%
75%

Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP)

In 2012-2013 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. 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. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.
  • This school in 2011
  • South Lake Schools average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

21%
21%
39%
49%
49%
61%
45%
45%
53%

MI00195

None
87%
87%
85%
80%
80%
79%
56%
56%
48%

Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP)

In 2012-2013 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. 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. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.
  • This school in 2011
  • South Lake Schools average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

18%
18%
35%
61%
61%
73%
9%
9%
20%

MI00195

None
82%
82%
78%
83%
83%
82%
78%
78%
78%

Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP)

In 2012-2013 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. 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. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.
  • This school in 2011
  • South Lake Schools average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

South Lake Middle School is a public middle school in Saint Clair Shores. The principal of South Lake Middle School is Michael Bruce and can be contacted at rnorsigian@solake.org. 443 students go to South Lake Middle School and identify primarily as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 57% of the 443 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at South Lake Middle School is 19:1. Parcells Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 6% %
White, non-Hispanic 50% 68%
Black, non-Hispanic 41% 26%
Hispanic 2% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Asian 1% %
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57% 37%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    Great school to send your kid who is tardy every single day of the school year. I know of a student who is at least a half hour late every single day. Just refuses to go on time. Yet this school has not notified the truant officer nor have they given any consequence to this child. MIchigan has a mandatory attendance law that is not enforced at this school. I know personally of other students in the district who were reported for truancy and made to go to court for having been late less than this student has been. Even the parent has not been made accountable. So if you have a student who just plain refuses to be on time for school South Lake Schools is the place to be. They just don't care if your kid goes to school or not.

  • (1 year ago)

    Another magnet for Detroit students. The kids are rude to the teachers and the Lead Administrator who I assume came from Detroit as well is rude to staff and students. My neighbor told me that she goes out of her way to harrass the older higher paid experienced teachers in order to get them to retire so she can save a few bucks for the district. I'm taking my child back to a NHA Detroit Charter school where the buildings are clean and the students are well behaved. I thought I was getting out of the hood by going to South Lake. Wrong on all accounts.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have two daughters. Both have had wonderful experiences and excelled at SLMS. They have bonded with the excellent staff made wonderful friends and received excellent educations. The South Lake district in general is a special place with special teachers and families.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter attended SLMS for two years. She loved it and has moved on to SLHS and she loves that school as well. My son has been at SLMS for 2 years. He has been in the band program and his really happy there. There isn't a teacher in that school that isn't willing to help a student. I am glad we moved to this school district.

  • (2 years ago)

    I was nervous to send my child to middle school but I have been very happy here. My son loves it. The teachers are great and both principals are excellent with dealing with any behavior issues. It is a diverse school but my husband and I value this....the world is a diverse place.

  • (2 years ago)

    Another magnet for Detroit students. Dumbing down the school work to maintain the state test scores is a bad idea.

  • (2 years ago)

    All three of my students have attended South Lake Middle School. I have a 6th grader there now. The teachers there have helped him so much. They have worked with him on organization and brought him up in reading too! They offer support classes for kids who struggle in reading. We have found these to be great so far! My other son was in an advanced program and he felt very challenged. The homework work load was more than the average classes but it prepared him for high school. I understand people say that there are behavior issues there but they are no worse than any other middle school. The teachers handle it and there is a program set up for students who do not follow the rules. If you are curious about the school go check it out. They welcome parents. You will see that the teachers are caring the classes are organized and the kids can get help if they need it. Teachers come in early and stay late to help kids. I don't think you will be disappointed.

  • (2 years ago)

    It is not the teachers it is the non resident students and the students who did not grow up in St. Clair Shores and have parents who rent in the city only. They are uncivilized disrespectful and say "ni##a" every other word all through out school hallways classes and lunch periods. We had to send our child to the next district even though we live less than a mile from South Lake. Open enrollment is a double edged sword. Jefferson Middle School by the way is Utopia compared to South Lake.

  • (4 years ago)

    As a graduate of South Lake I am disgusted at what the district has become. There is a serious lack of discipline and although there are a FEW exemplary teachers most are scatter-brained incompetents. my son went to Pare elementary which the district closed. You could not have asked for a better school; apparently the success of Pare was a thorn in the side of politically motivated administrators who obviously abhore parental participation in district decision making. My son an honor student consistently complains of the frustration of students disrupting class and teachers who ignore the problem teachers that are unorganized(last card marking they needed three extra days to get report cards out as most teachers were unprepared to issue grades); imagine not meeting your deadlines at work! MEAP scores fundraisers and social events seem to be the priority rather than education. i came to this website searching for alternatives and i suggest anyone who is concerned about their children being prepared to tackle the competitive job force in a few short years pass South Lake Middle School by! this is proof positive that education reform is crucial in this state!

  • (4 years ago)

    parent involvement? Not at this school. When I offer to volunteer my time theres nothing for me to do. Its my daughters 1st year here and theres always subs. Whats going on here?

  • (4 years ago)

    Hi! I m in first year of SLMS and it is going great. I mean yes any school is going to have fights no school is perfect. All i am saying is south lake is a good distict and SLMS is a great school. I have been in the district since I've been in 1st grade and it has done nothing but geet better over the years.

  • (5 years ago)

    So I am attending south lake middle school right now! Yess the teachers are great well most of them but the most of the students are horrible and make our school look even wrose then it is! I have been attending South Lake since i was in kindergarten and I am now in eighth grade and i decide to switch disstricts cause south lake is not a good one! Sorry Cavaliers!

  • (5 years ago)

    So happy with this school--the teachers really care and there are opportunities here that are not available in other school districts like Spanish and Mandarin.

  • (6 years ago)

    The school could be better. some or so to say 1/3 of the students dont even respect the teachers. I have been thinking if switching schools next year.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son just entered this school through the school of choice program and he loves it. He says the teachers are very helpful and cool. I'm very happy and excited for him and he is doing very well. Keep up the good work! Teachers stay in touch with our youth!

  • (10 years ago)

    SLMS is a wonderful learning environment for students! The teachers are enthusiastic and extremely professional. The structure uses the team concept with integrated subjects and an overall theme. I once did a college project designing an ideal school. To my happy surprise South Lake Middle School encompasses most of what I had imagined for my perfect school in a perfect world.

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