Lansing school dropout rate is better, but it’s still not good

By Alexis Howell
Listen Up, Lansing Staff Reporter

The Lansing School District does not have a perfect record when it comes to graduation attendance. According to Michigan school data, in the 2013-14 school year, Lansing School District had a 24.81 percent dropout rate for students in their first four years of high school, which is well above the state average of 9.61 percent. During the 2011-12 school year, the dropout rate peaked at 28.84 percent. Although Lansing has improved since the 2011-12 school year, the district ultimately went back to around where it was in the 2009-10 school year, which was 25.47 percent. In the 2013-14 school year, Eastern High School had a 21.15 percent dropout rate; Everett High School had a 18.02 percent dropout rate; J. W. Sexton High School had a 18.92 precent dropout rate; and Woodcreek Achievement Center had a 21.74 percent dropout rate.