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.
2012-13 Student Enrollments:
Middle School 1,819
High School 2,750
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.
- International 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.
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.
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.
Over the years the Southfield Public Schools has received numerous recognitions for excellence, including:
- Exemplary School designations from the Dept. of Education for Southfield High School, Southfield-Lathrup High School, Brace-Lederle School, Levey Middle School, McIntyre Elementary, Stevenson Elementary School and Thompson Middle School.
- The District is one of only three districts in Oakland County to be accredited by the national accreditation agency Advanced¬Ed.
Other recognitions include:
- 2012 "Winners Circle Award" from the Michigan Association of School Administrators for the implementation of the IB program. (SPS Superintendent Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson)
- 2012 American School Board Journal "Magna Award" for our Differentiated Instruction Curriculum
- 2012 American School Board Journals Magna Award for Differentiated Instruction. (Vandenberg Elementary)
- 2011 SRAC named Michigan Alternative School of the Year
- 2011 Michigan Assn. of School Boards Excellence in Education Award for Adler Community Garden Program and Southfield High Journalism Program
- 2011 McIntyre designated a Steven Covey "Leader in Me" School
- 2011 Southfield Lathrup designated as an International Baccalaureate Schol
- 2007 Michigan Assn. of School Boards Excellence in Education Award for the High School Academy programs
- 2006 National Center for Education Accountability ‘Best Practices Award' (Stevenson Elementary)
Additionally, multi-year honors include:
- Michigan Interscholastic Press Assn. Spartan Award (Southfield High 2001-2010)
- Excellence in Financial Accounting from Michigan Assn. of School Business Officials (1980-2009)
- Michigan State Police 100% Safety Rating for the SPS bus fleet (2002-2009)
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.
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.)