SHS Education Report

Annual Education Report (AER)

February 5, 2024

Dear Parents and Community Members: 

We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER), which provides key information on the 2022-23 educational progress for the Saugatuck High 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 any necessary assistance. 

The AER is available for you to review electronically by visiting the following website, or you may review a copy in the main office of your child’s school. 

For the 2021-22 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 three or more underperforming student subgroups. 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 students continue to demonstrate academic proficiency and growth on state assessment at a much higher rate than the state and other Michigan schools with similar demographics.  For example, the average SAT score for the state was 959, whereas Saugatuck students averaged 1038.  High expectations for student learning combined with strong support from our teachers and support staff including: differentiated instruction, team teaching, paraprofessional support, homework club, office hours, advisory periods, social-emotional supports,  formative assessments, and re-teaching strategies are all implemented to support our students.  

Our mission at Saugatuck High School is to “Prepare students for life” 

State law requires that we also report additional information. Listed below are some of our current statistics.

  1. Process for assigning pupils to school: Students are assigned to our school based on the boundaries of our school district. In addition, we welcome students to come to Saugatuck High School through the School of Choice process. Many of our students come to us from neighboring school districts. Our juniors and seniors may elect to attend the Careerline Tech Center or they may wish to dual enroll at nearby colleges or attend the South Ottawa County Early College for part of their school day. Students may also wish to participate in the Work-based Learning Program that we offer.
  2. School Improvement Plan: Our 2022-2023 School Improvement Plan serves as a  framework to guide our efforts to improve in all curricular areas. Our teachers frequently review and analyze data in order 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. 
  1. Core Curriculum: At Saugatuck High School, we are constantly working to adjust our curriculum to see that is progresses and aligns with 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 (
  1. Parent/Teacher Conferences: We learned through the pandemic that our parents appreciate an option of in-person conferences or remote conferences so we have moved to a model where there is choice in how to meet with your child’s teacher. During the 2022-2023 school year, an average of 82% of our parents were in attendance (in person or virtually) for Parent/Teacher conferences.
  1. 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. In the past 15 years, Saugatuck has added eleven AP classes including 2-D Art and Design; 3-D Art and Design; Drawing; Chemistry; Computer Science Principles; Environmental Science; Psychology; Government and Politics; Language and Composition; United States History; and World History (Modern) with some courses being offered alternate years. Last year 81 students took 106 exams, with a 79% passing rate compared to 63% for the state and 58% globally. Saugatuck students averaged a 3.45 out of 5 on their exams compared to 2.84 out of 5 globally–21% better. A score of 3 or higher will typically earn three to six college credits, although some institutions require a score of 4. In the spring of 2022, we were proud to graduate 63 eager young adults, while this spring we anticipate all 58 of our students will graduate on May 23rd. 

I am extremely proud of the work ethic, creativity, academic achievement, character and the attitude displayed by our students each and every day. I am also deeply appreciative of the many charismatic adults; parents, teachers, coaches, and support staff that make a difference for our students’ day in and day out. 



Mr. Mark Neidlinger
Saugatuck High School

Printable Copy of SHS AER