Located in beautiful Saugatuck, Michigan, Saugatuck High School is a small school with BIG opportunities for its 250 students.
Excellent teachers, a rigorous curriculum, high expectations for student success and timely support create a culture that values learning. As a result, ACT composite scores have improved by 13% over the past six years while ACT composite scores statewide have increased by only 1.6%. The class of 2013 has set the bar for future SHS classes with an ACT composite score of 21.7. In addition, the graduation rate is usually around 95% and over 90% of graduating seniors enroll in post-secondary education.
Experiential learning and extended school year options provide depth and relevance to student learning. Summer courses such as Food Matters, Urban Experience, Dune Ecology and IChallengeU extend the classroom to the real world in a profound way. Art and Band trips to New York City or Chicago expose students to urban life, art and culture. Participation in the Women in Science Conference at the Argonne National Laboratory promotes careers in science for our female students. Interact club members installing Bio-Sand filters in the Dominican Republic give students a more global perspective and encourage a lifetime of service to others. Articulation agreements with Davenport University, Ferris State University and Grand Rapids Community college, direct credit courses in Spanish, English, Art and Mathematics through Lake Michigan Community College and Kendall College, Dual Enrollment options through Hope College and Advanced Placement courses in United States History, English Language and Composition and English Literature and Composition make it possible for students at SHS to graduate from high school with over 30 college credits.
Awarding winning Art and Industrial Arts programs, a Band earning a I rating at district festival, strong participation in Youth in Government and Model United Nations, a competitive quiz bowl team, and championship athletic teams competing for state championships in football, golf, cross-country and track in recent years provide important lessons in hard work, persistence, teamwork and leadership.
Taken as a whole, Saugatuck High School strives to live up to its mission: Prepare Students for Life! We believe we have the best students in West Michigan and that we are one of the best small schools in the state.