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  1. Academics
    C-
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    C-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Vandercook Lake Public Schools is a public school district located in Jackson, MI. It has 958 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 18% of students are at least proficient in math and 25% in reading.
  • Elementary
  • Middle
  • High

Elementary Schools in Vandercook Lake Public Schools

Middle Schools in Vandercook Lake Public Schools

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
25%
Percent Proficient - Math
18%
Average Graduation Rate
77%
Average SAT
1070
40 responses
Average ACT
23
16 responses

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
958
Free or Reduced Lunch
60%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$69,544
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$10,750/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    71%
  • Support Services
    25%
  • Other
    4%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    C+
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$45,625
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$940
National
$949
Median Home Value
$90,400
National
$184,700

Vandercook Lake Public Schools Reviews

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Vandercook Lake is a small, tight-knit community that has provided me with lifelong friendships and good relationships with teachers, but I would like to see some changes. For starters, we have no AP classes and I feel as though our honors classes are marginal. We have limited electives and our electives do not get much money to support them. I also feel as though we have a very small sports program due to some coaches and the youths lack of participation. A few of the teachers in the community do not push students to their full potential which makes it easy for kids to take the easy way out. The "good" teachers always seem to move schools or get laid-off.
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As an alum of Vandercook Lake Public Schools, looking back on my high school experience is a rollercoaster. Vandercook is the place where I met lifelong friends, and created amazing bonds with teachers and administration in which I still talk to today. It is unfortunate that towards the end of my high school career Vandercook began going down hill. The amazing staff slowly started to disappear, along with the students. Clubs diminished, arts were no longer a priority, and the behavior of students got worse. I hope for a bright future for the incoming students.
I was enrolled in Vandercook Lake Public Schools from kindergarten through 12th grade. I was very displeased with my education that I received from this school system. I felt that the education I received was far inferior than that of my peers at college. The faculty, minus a few exceptions, was extremely unprofessional and the pace of the school system was very slow. The teachers taught at the pace of the slowest students rather than pushing the smartest students past their boundaries. There were hardly any academic clubs to become members of. Extracurricular activities were nonexistent besides athletics. During my senior year, I was required to take a gym class as an elective because there were no alternatives that I could choose in place of it.