SHS Education Report

2018-2019 Annual Education Report (AER)

January 31, 2020  

Dear Parents and Community Members:

We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2018-19 educational progress for the Saugatuck Middle School. The AER addresses the complex reporting information required by federal and state laws. The school’s report contains information about student assessment, accountability, and teacher quality. If you have any questions about the AER, please contact Principal, Mark Neidlinger for assistance.

The AER is available for you to review electronically by visiting the following web site SPS High School Report, or you may review a copy in the main office at your child’s school.

For the 2018-19 school year, schools were identified using definitions and labels as required in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). A Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) school is one that has at least one underperforming student subgroup. An Additional Targeted Support (ATS) school is one that has a student subgroup performing at the same level as the lowest 5% of all schools in the state. A Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) school is one whose performance is in the lowest 5% of all schools in the state or has a graduation rate at or below 67%. Some schools are not identified with any of these labels. In these cases, no label is given.


Saugatuck High School is proud of our continued academic proficiency and growth. Our state assessment achievement level continues to out perform schools with similar demographics as well as the state of Michigan average. We believe our success is built on the following initiatives that have allowed us to take on an individualized approach to our instruction and better meet our students needs:  Differentiated instruction, data review, daily advisory periods where students are able to receive interventions along with frequent formative assessment to address re-teaching/re-testing strategies. As a small school, our faculty is better able to carve out time to meet with students in small group to target instruction. Though we have observed growth measurements, we are continually working to close the achievement gap amongst our students. Our primary focus is the socio-economic gap within our school community. Our middle school free and reduced population is at 28% and our high school free and reduced population is closer to 34%. Another target area of growth this year has been with our special education population, which is 11% of our student body. This sub-set of students receives an hour of guided academics each day where they meet with an adult to re-teach or coach through their daily lessons. This practice has helped considerably, but still leaves room for growth. 

State law requires that we also report additional information.

  1. Process for assigning pupils to school:  Students are assigned to our school based on the boundaries of our school district.  In addition, students come to Saugatuck High School as school of choice students from neighboring districts.  Juniors and Seniors may elect to attend Careerline Tech Center or dual enroll at nearby colleges or attend South Ottawa County Early College for part of their school day.
  2. School Improvement Plan:  Our 2018-2019 School Improvement Plan serves a framework to guide our efforts to improve in all curricular areas.  Our teachers review and analyze data annually to adapt our curriculum to meet the needs of our students.  SHS continues to have goals in math, reading, writing, science and teacher use of educational technology.
  3. Core Curriculum:  At Saugatuck High School, we are working to shift our curriculum to meet the requirements of the Common Core curriculum and Michigan Science Expectations adopted by the State of Michigan.  Common Core standards can be reviewed by visiting the Michigan Department of Education website (
  4. Student Achievement:  Student achievement results on the Michigan Merit Exam include the following:

English-Language Arts/Reading MME Percent Proficient:

  SHS State
2017-2018 83% 46%
2018-2019 83% 46%

Math MME-Percent Proficient:

  SHS State
2017-2018 49% 38%
2018-2019 49% 38%

Science M-STEP Percent Proficient:

  SHS State
2017-2018 no data available no data available
2018-2019 no data available no data available

Social Students M-STEP Percent Proficient:

  SHS State
2017-2018 70% 49%
2018-2019 70% 49%


5. Parent/Teach Conferences:  During the 2017-2018 school year, an average of 47 of our students’ parents attended Parent/Teacher conferences, or approximately 49% of our students’ parents.

6. Our students have the opportunity to earn college credit through concurrent enrollment with Lake Michigan College and Ferris State University, Dual Enrollment through Hope College, and through participation in the South Ottawa Early College.  During the 2018-2019 school year 45 students earned  120 college credits.

Recently, Saugatuck High School was one of only 433 schools across the United States and Canada to be named to the Advanced Placement Honor Roll.  Students at Saugatuck High School have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement courses in Environmental Science, Psychology, Government, U.S. and World History, Language and Composition and Literature and Composition as well as a variety of AP courses online.  In 2018-2019, students took 52 Advanced Placement exams earning a mean score of 3.48 compared to a mean score in Michigan of 3.04, the United States mean of 2.87, and a worldwide mean of 2.89%.  Last year 43 students or 15% of the student body, took an AP exam with 83% of those students achieving a credit earning score of three or better.

I am extremely proud of our academic successes and achievements. This speaks to the collaborative efforts of our faculty and our students along with the unwavering support of our families. It is a pleasure to work with such dedicated parents, teachers, coaches and support staff just as it is inspiring to work with our students who will soon be leading our way into the future.


Mr. Mark Neidlinger, Principal


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