District Profile

The Community

The Southfield Public School District is located in the suburban communities of Southfield and Lathrup Village. Situated 15 miles northwest of the Detroit Civic Center, the district comprises approximately 27 square miles in southeastern Oakland County, Michigan. The Southfield/Lathrup Village communities have a combined population of over 75,000.

The great strength of Southfield and Lathrup Village lies in a diversified tax base as shown by the more than 100 Fortune 500 companies and 9,000 businesses that call this area home. The citizens of Southfield and Lathrup Village value a strong public school system. For more than 60 years, the community has supported public schools by approving nearly every millage and bond issue that has been put before the public for a vote. This support allows the district to spend approximately $10,800 per pupil.

District Statistics

2012-13 Student Enrollments:
Elementary 2,715
Middle School 1,819
High School 2,750
Total 7,284

2012-12 Projected PreK-12 Enrollment 6,908
2011-12 Drop Out Rate 8.04
2011-12 Graduation Rate 88
The 2012 SEV $2,460,585,5000

General Fund Budget

2011-12 Expenditures est. $ 98,599,470
2012-13 Expenditures est. $ 95,609,917

2012-13 Millage Rate

General Operating 16.9868 mills
Debt Retirement 3.5000 mills
Total 20.4868 mills

Cultivate the Genius in Your Child

Southfield Public Schools offers a robust college-prep curriculum, integrated with exceptional programs to help cultivate each student's unique abilities.

  • A comprehensive high school, Southfield High School for the Arts & Technology, with career-focused academies that help prepare students for specific industries.
  • An examination high school, University High School Academy, which offers a small private school setting and requires all students to take honors and AP classes.
  • An alternative high school, Southfield Regional Academic Campus, awarded by the Michigan Alternative Education Organization as the top alternative high school in 2011.
  • A nationally accredited early childhood Head Start Program.
  • Advanced Placement preparation programs and enrichment activities starting in elementary school. The district offers more than 30 AP courses per year. 
  • ‚ÄčInternational Baccalaureate Programme starting in kindergarten through 12th grade.
  • An ELA school where students speak 32 languages from 27 countries around the world.
  • Saturday school enrichment and academics classes covering mathematics, foreign languages, electives and more.
  • A dual enrollment program that allows students to earn high school and college credits for courses taken at University of Michigan Dearborn, Wayne State University and Oakland Community College, with all costs covered by the district.
  • Spanish, art, music and physical education classes in the elementary schools.
  • Mandarin Chinese language instruction.
  • Support services in speech pathology, social work and psychology.
  • Full high school athletics and music programs.

Teaching Staff

Southfield recognizes the importance of teacher preparedness. The district encourages teachers to earn advanced degrees and provides a myriad of opportunities for staff development. Collectively, the SPS teaching staff is enrolled in thousands of hours of professional development each year, with 91 percent holding a masters degree or higher.

Twenty-First Century Technology

All of Southfield's school facilities are modern and up-to-date, meeting all current fire, safety and handicap standards. A modern instructional and administrative technology system is in place. The district provides one computer for every three students. Additionally, all classrooms have access to lap tops, LCD Projectors and iPads for elementary students. Our technology focused classrooms also utilize the NEO, SMART Boards and USB microscopes.

The Curriculum

Our award winning curriculum is comprehensive and designed to thoroughly prepare students for the rigors of college and professional pursuits. It is tied to the Michigan Core Standards Curriculum and the Southfield Vision Statement, Mission Statement and Profile of a Graduate.

School & District Accreditation

In 2008, Southfield Public Schools became the sixth school district in Michigan to receive district accreditation from the AdvancED/North Central Assn. of Colleges & Schools. All regular K-12 schools in the Southfield School District are fully accredited by NCA. The Bussey Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. This means that our schools meet nationally recognized standards for quality.

Class Size

The ratio of professional staff to students in the Southfield Public Schools is 1:15. Class sizes are relatively small. Maximum class sizes* are as follows - Kindergarten-grade 1, 27; grades 2-3, 28; grades 4-5, 29; grades 6-8, 30; and grades 9-12, 32 students.
(*Occasionally, a class will exceed the numbers stated above - a teacher assistant is assigned to classrooms above the stated maximums.)