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27 of Michigan’s lowest-performing schools make enough improvements for state superintendent

Kids at a public school in Flint.
Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

The state ranks schools on a top-to-bottom list each year. Those in the lowest five percent are considered “priority” schools. There were almost 260 priority schools until now, when the state superintendent removed 27 of them from the list. He said the schools had implemented improvement plans successfully since the schools were placed on the list in 2010.

Here’s the list of schools that are being removed from the priority list:

  • Bloomingdale Public School District – Bloomingdale Middle and High School
  • Cassopolis Public Schools – Ross Beatty High School
  • Clintondale Community Schools – Clintondale High School
  • Conner Creek Academy East – Michigan Collegiate High
  • Detroit City School District – Holmes Elementary-Middle School, Hutchinson Elementary-Middle School, Schulze Elementary-Middle School
  • Detroit Community Schools – Detroit Community High School
  • Education Achievement Authority – Brenda Scott Academy for Theatre Arts
  • Ferndale Public Schools – University High School
  • Fitzgerald Public Schools – Fitzgerald Senior High School
  • Godrey-Lee Public Schools – Lee High School
  • Kalamazoo Public Schools – Maple Street Magnet School for the Arts
  • Kent City Community Schools – Kent City High School
  • Lakeview Community Schools (Montcalm Co.) – Lakeview High School
  • Lincoln Park School District – Lincoln Park Middle School
  • Marion Public Schools – Marion High School
  • Michigan Educational Choice Center – Trix Elementary
  • Mt. Morris Consolidated Schools – E.A. Johnson Memorial High School
  • New Haven Community Schools – New Haven High School
  • Roseville Community Schools – Eastland Middle School, Roseville Middle School
  • Ross-Hill Academy – Ross-Hill Academy Elementary
  • Saginaw School District – Thompson Middle School
  • Waldron Area Schools – Waldron Middle School
  • Waverly Community Schools – Waverly Middle School
  • Westwood Heights Schools – Hamady Community High School

But there are still several schools that were added to the list back then that haven't made big enough improvements, and remained on the list in the 2013-14 school year including high schools in Saginaw, Pontiac, Van Dyke, Lansing, Muskegon Heights and a handful in Detroit.

Lindsey Smith is a Peabody Award-winning journalist currently leading the station's Amplify Team. She previously served as Michigan Public's Morning News Editor, Investigative Reporter and West Michigan Reporter.
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