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July 15, 2013

Sterling Heights High School makes Newsweek list

By Maria Allard
C & G Staff Writer

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Sterling Heights High School makes Newsweek list
Sterling Heights High School has been recognized nationally. “Newsweek” named it among the 2,000 high schools in the nation based on schools that best prepare students for college.

STERLING HEIGHTS — Sterling Heights High School has made the ranks, according to Newsweek.

The publication named SHHS among the 2,000 high schools in the nation. The rankings were based on schools that best prepare students for college.

Schools were evaluated on the following criteria: best indicators of college readiness; graduation rates; participation in college-level classes, such as advanced placement and international baccalaureate programs; and acceptance into a two or four-year college program.

“This is an outstanding achievement for Sterling Heights High School and the district,” Warren Consolidated Schools Superintendent Robert Livernois said in a prepared statement. “I credit the hard work and dedication of Principal Allison Roberts and the entire teaching and support staff at Sterling Heights High School for preparing our students for college.”

“I think this speaks extremely well about the school,” WCS Spokesperson Robert Freehan said. “They school has excellent leadership and in the other areas that are cited by the magazine. We are proud Sterling Heights is being recognized by a national publication.

“They are a very culturally diverse high school,” Freehan added. “It says a lot about the staff working with the families. The students, the parents and the staff have a working partnership.”

According to school officials, the high school has a 97 percent graduation rate.

“The rate is a rate they’ve had for years,” Freehan said.

In addition, 80 percent of graduating SHHS seniors are college-bound, according to the district’s data. During the last school year 1,476 students attended SHHS.

This fall, 18 Advanced Placement classes will be offered at the high school. Freehan said the courses range from science, arts, literature and social studies. A number of SHHS students also enroll in the dual enrollment program. This allows them to take certain classes while also earning college credit for either Macomb Community College or Baker College. Freehan said many graduating seniors attend MCC.

“They start out in the associate degree program,” he said. “I know we have students that go to U of M, Central Michigan University, Western, Michigan State. We have students that go to MIT, Harvard and some of the Ivy League schools.”

Engineering, pre-med and science seem to be popular majors with the SHHS students.

“The health care field is drawing quite a few kids now,” Freehan said.

SHHS also graduates plenty of students who enlist in the military to serve their country. 

“They also go into trades quite often,” Freehan said. “They’ve been involved in a program in the (district’s) Career Prep Center. They are going into a trade to continue their education at least part-time. They know it’s difficult, because of the economic situation, to get into the skilled trades without some type of post-secondary education.”

Professional banners acknowledging the Newsweek honor are expected to be displayed outside SHHS, in the district’s administration building boardroom and inside the City of Sterling Heights municipal building.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Maria Allard at allard@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1045.