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3560 McCarty Rd. Saginaw, MI 48603 | 989.790.1676

Academic Stats

A Valley Lutheran education is much more than a set of mere statistics. However, the following measurements are an important view into one piece of the exceptional training our students receive at Valley Lutheran High School.

Exceeding State and National Averages

Our students regularly score above state and national averages on standardized tests.

Advanced Placement Courses

A score of 3, 4, or 5 is considered “passing” on Advanced Placement tests although universities have their own standards for granting credit. Valley Lutheran students have been leaders in AP Test scores with 81% of our students “passing” their exams over the last five years, compared to the five-year averages for the state of Michigan at 66% and the global five-year average at 60%.

Michigan Merit Exam (MME)

The Michigan Merit Exam (MME) is a combination of tests administered under the direction of the Michigan Department of Education. The tests include the SAT with essay, the ACT WorkKeys Test, and several tests developed by the Michigan Department of Education including the M-STEP (Science and Social Studies). Our students consistently meet the standards and benchmarks found in the Michigan Merit Curriculum and the College and Career Readiness standards promoted by ACT and the College Board. They regularly score well above the state averages and are among the top-ranked schools in the region based on test scores. (The below table shows contains data for the Class of 2018.)

SchoolEvidence Based
Reading and
MathematicsTotal SAT ScoreScience Social Studies
% meeting standards
(advanced or proficient)
% meeting standards
(advanced or proficient)
% classified as meeting college
and career readiness standards
% meeting or
exceeding standards
% meeting or exceeding standard
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Scholarship Acceptance Data

Scholarship dollars earned and accepted show the value universities place on Valley Lutheran graduates. Since the Class of 2000, Valley Lutheran graduates have accepted approximately $23,674,822 in scholarships with 64% of graduates receiving at least one scholarship. The average amount accepted per student during this time exceeded $24,000.

(Note: 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 because a student can attend only one college at a time and therefore can accept scholarships only from that one college.)


Valley creates an excellent atmosphere for students to get a first class education, grow in Christ, and to prepare them for college and adulthood.

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The Saginaw Valley Lutheran High School Association, operating Valley Lutheran High School, admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, and physical handicap to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national and ethnic origin, genetic information, and physical handicap in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school administered programs.