Lake Shore Public Schools
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|Lake Shore Public Schools|
|28850 Harper Ave
Saint Clair Shores, Michigan 48081
Shannon R. Ketelhut
Kurt J. Ziegler
Mark E. Beghin
James A. Graver
Susan D. Jamieson
|School district||Lake Shore High School
North Lake Alternative High School
John F. Kennedy Middle School
James Rodgers Elementary
Masonic Heights Elementary
Taylor International School & Dormitory
|Number of students||approx. 3,488|
|Slogan||Mission Statement: Lake Shore will ensure a high-quality education so that each student acquires the skills, knowledge and character to excel in meeting the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly changing world.|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
Lake Shore Public Schools is one of three school districts in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, USA. Lake Shore is the furthest north of the three districts in St. Clair Shores. Lake Shore is home to 3,200 K-12 students attending three elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. The district's curriculum is fully aligned with state standards and benchmarks. The average teacher-to-student ratio is 1 to 22 at the elementary level and 1 to 26 at the secondary level.
All Lake Shore Public School buildings have been completely remodeled, equipped and technologically upgraded through a $32.5 million bond issue approved in 1997. The most recent renovations came from an extension of a 2008 bond. The extension generated $9.7 million, which was used to make renovations to several schools in the district in 2010, most notably the new performance gym and student commons area at Lake Shore High School.
Every Lake Shore school is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, having met NCA standards for quality education. Lake Shore is the only district in Macomb County to be recognized by Standard and Poor's for having higher-than-expected student achievement for the amount of money spent to educate students between 1997-2001.
Lake Shore is certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) to accept students from around the world. In 2011, Lake Shore renovated one of their buildings to create the Taylor International School & Dormitory to house foreign exchange students and teachers.
In the 2010–2011 school year, all grades except seventh (math and writing) and sixth grade(math) have achieved higher than average M.E.A.P. scores. All Lake Shore Schools made Adequate Yearly Progress in 2011.
The Lake Shore School district is the oldest of the three public school districts in St. Clair Shores. It is believed that the first public school in the township was established in 1838. (At that time, the St. Clair Shores area was named Orange township.)
International student center
Through an agreement with Beijing Haidian Foreign Language Experimental School, a private school in China, the school district hosts Chinese foreign exchange students. In 2011 the private school and school district signed an agreement to work solely with each other lasting 21 years. In 2012 there were 70 Chinese students enrolled at Lake Shore High School. The district charges $13,000 per year for each Chinese student, with $8,411 funding tuition and about $4,000 for other expenses such as busing, lunches at school, field trips, and housing.
The Taylor Building International School and Dorm is used for after school Chinese curriculum classes taught by teachers from Beijing and a dormitory. The dormitory includes motion sensors used at night to separate boys and girls; the private school requested that these sensors be put in place. The Taylor building is a former elementary school that had been last renovated in the 1970s. The district spent $640,000 to convert and renovate the building.
- Hsu, Andrea. "High School Draws Chinese Students, Tuition Dollars" (Archive). National Public Radio. May 30, 2012. Retrieved on June 7, 2014.
- St. Clair Shores Historical Commission. St. Clair Shores Village on the Lake. Charleston SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2001. Print.