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Academic Statistics


Some of the most important skills to learn in school cannot be easily measured, such as critical thinking and independent learning. While there is more to education than statistics can typically show, we present these facts and figures that do show some aspects of education at Valley Lutheran High School:

Michigan Merit Exam

The Michigan Merit Exam (MME) is a combination of tests administered under the direction of the Michigan Department of Education. The tests include the ACT, the ACT Work Keys Test, and several tests developed by the Michigan Department of Education. It should be noted that although we do examine the Michigan Standards and Benchmarks that are tested on the MME, we are not required to teach those standards. Consequently, we have made curriculum decisions that we feel are in the long-term best interests of our students that may not reflect current testing theory in Michigan.

Our percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards for the Class of 2012 are:

Reading

Valley Lutheran
  76%
State
  54%

Writing

Valley Lutheran
  76%
State
  49%

Mathematics

Valley Lutheran
  61%
State
  29%

Science

Valley Lutheran
  45%
State
  26%

Social Studies

Valley Lutheran
  52%
State
  39%

ACT Scores

The Class of 2013 had an average ACT score of 23.2. This compares very well to the national average of 21 and the Michigan average (with all students testing) of 20.0.

Advanced Placement Tests

We offer Advanced Placement Calculus, Advanced Placement English, Advanced Placement United States History, Advanced Placement Biology, Advanced Placement Studio Art, and Advanced Placement Spanish. In recent years, students have started taking other Advanced Placement tests based on our regular curriculum.

A score of 3, 4 or 5 is considered “passing” on Advanced Placement tests. Universities have their own standards for granting credit. Since 1998, students have earned the following scores:

English Language

Valley Lutheran
  69%
State
  56%

English Literature

Valley Lutheran*
  100%
State
  N/A

Calculus

Valley Lutheran
  65.6%
State
  58%

U.S. History

Valley Lutheran
  95.6%
State
  N/A

Spanish

Valley Lutheran
  75%
State
  N/A

Psychology

Valley Lutheran*
  84.6%
State
  67.2%

Music Theory

Valley Lutheran**
  100%
State
  63.6%

Government

Valley Lutheran*
  83.3%
State
  52.4%
* Not offered as AP Class.
** Not offered at VL.

Alumni Surveys

Each spring, we survey alumni one year after graduation from Valley Lutheran. We address a number of topics, one of which is how they feel about their academic preparation. They grade the four core subject areas using the following ratings:
1. I was prepared well. I had a good base of knowledge and skills that made me comfortable in this subject area.
2. I was adequately prepared. I recognized the material and had been exposed to the necessary skills, but in order to be successful in this subject area, I had to work hard on the basics.
3. I was not prepared. It seems that I had to learn everything from scratch.

The average ratings since we began surveying in 2003 are:

Subject Area
AVG Rating
Math
1.25
Life Science
1.39
Physical Science
1.68
Social Studies
1.37
Writing
1.22
Literature
1.29

Scholarship Acceptance Data

Beginning with the Class of 2000, Valley Lutheran graduates have accepted approximately $17,676,760 in scholarships. 800 of 1220 graduates (66%) received at least one scholarship. The average amount accepted during this time is $22,096.

We elect to record scholarships accepted by students. Other schools often track scholarships awarded. This means that if a student is awarded scholarships at multiple universities, they will all be counted. We believe that this practice is misleading, as a student can attend only one college at a time and therefore can accept scholarships only from that one college.

Connect with us

Mailing Address: 
Valley Lutheran High School
3560 McCarty Road
Saginaw, MI 48603
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Phone:
989.790.1676

Fax:
989.790.1680

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