If you’re looking for successful schools in Michigan the students, parents, staff, and independent outside organizations can tell you that the Dearborn Public Schools is where you will find successful teaching and learning.
The story in Dearborn starts with graduation rates*. For the sixth straight year, the district has watched rates climb from 76% in 2011 to an all-time high of 95% in 2017. Hitting the 95% mark makes the District number two in the state when compared to other large districts just behind Rochester Hills at 96%.
The good news about graduation rates continues for students in various sub-groups such as English Learners who have hit the 90% mark for graduation rates. Economically Disadvantaged students are at 93.5%, an 8% increase. African American students in Dearborn increased 15% to 89% and Students with Disabilities have increased by 5%.
“We are excited and encouraged by all of our students being successful and thank our hard working teachers for providing the very best learning experience for their students,” commented Dearborn Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Glenn Maleyko,
The improved graduation rates are part of a district wide effort that begins with the youngest students in pre-school and kindergarten and extends through
the high school years. However, recent success is focused on the district continually looking to be creative in its course offerings, and a commitment to meeting the needs of individual students through the addition of key staff positions such as the Graduation Intervention Specialists. These individuals work directly with students beginning as soon as ninth grade to make sure they are staying on track for graduation.
“We are proud of our students and celebrate our District’s many accomplishments over the past few years but our work is not done,” Maleyko added. “We must continue to build upon our success and achieve even better results so that all students will have a quality learning experience.”
Although much attention is focused on students in grades nine through 12 when looking at graduation rates, the Superintendent of the 20,900 student district doesn’t credit just one “silver bullet” program for the success. Rather, he points to the implementation of several programs such as co-teaching and the English Learning model; timely use of assessment data; the impact being made by instructional, non-instructional, and administrative staff members;
support from parents and community; and the restructuring of how schools work together in order to focus on improving instruction and meeting the learning needs of individual students.
Dearborn’s Rising Graduation Rates