Low-income students remain undetected in Okemos High School

By Samantha VanHoef
The Meridian Times

If you ask Okemos High School guidance Counselor Beth Josephson how many students lost their house last year, she’ll have a guess. If you ask her how many students resort to stealing to feel like they’re keeping up with their peers, she’ll give you another guess. But if you ask Josephson who these students are, she couldn’t tell you — because she doesn’t know. 2014 data by U.S. News & World Report reports that 15 percent of Okemos High Students are considered economically disadvantaged. This means that of the 1,325 students currently enrolled at Okemos High School, almost 200 students fit in this category.