That trend is being broken by only a few schools in Michigan, including one in Sault Sainte Marie.
The Joseph K. Lumsden Anishinaabe School is a K through 8 grant school chartered by Northern Michigan University. It serves nearly 500 students.
The school received recognition because students on the lowest end of achievement were almost evenly represented by low-income, middle income and upper income students.
Statewide economically disadvantaged students are nearly three times as likely to have low achievement as the non-economically disadvantaged.
Carolyn Dale works for the JKL school. She attributes the success to a combination of school supports and cultural acceptance.
“It really goes back to that sense of family and community. A sense of bonding a sense of these are our children. The Anishinabe culture is huge it’s woven into everything we do.”
Dale said the school can serve as a rubric for student success across the state.
The program, called Experience Works, works with local businesses to provide people age 55 or older with paying jobs to get them back into the community.
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