Award Year: 2019

New Buffalo Senior High School

1112 East Clay Street
New Buffalo, MI, 49117-1540

(269) 469-6003

Mr. Wayne Butler, Principal at time of Nomination

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We provide opportunities for all students to achieve their personal best, become responsible, productive citizens, and embrace lifelong learning in a safe and positive environment.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 87%
  • Hispanic: 5%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Two or more races: 3%
Students, faculty, community - Teamed in education and beating cancer

Students, faculty, community - Teamed in education and beating cancer

New Buffalo High School is an excellent place to learn because of the partnership between families, staff, and community. We have an adequately funded scholarship and a strong focus on college and career readiness. Analysis of both trend data and individual data allow us to give each student the best chance of reaching their potential. In recent years, our major challenge was streamlining resources. We felt that we have all of the material supports necessary to be great. The introduction of district-funded, collaboration time has made a significant impact on the ability to reflect and implement educational concepts.

We have developed a strong climate of collaboration between our stakeholders. Challenges are addressed with a spirit of collegiality and nurture for all involved. By empowering our parents with training, discussion forums, and steady information, we have developed a high level of support and trust. There is a willingness on the part of parents to be involved in the school.

Likely our greatest strength is that the faculty intentionally strives to educate the whole child. We pride ourselves on relationships with students and knowing what motivates each one of them. The district provides training and the faculty meets regularly to discuss the best way to educate both a certain type of learner and specific students.

Other schools could replicate our success. They need to start with a common vision and build upon successes!