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Tens of thousands of Michigan students are missing this fall. The state doesn’t have a plan to find them.

Female student in classroom, working at desk in Hillcrest High School in Memphis, Tennessee
Many students “are not attending online classes and they’re not attending in-person classes — they’re just kind of lost,” said Jennifer Lewis, an associate professor of math education at Wayne State University in Detroit.
Karen Pulfer Focht/Chalkbeat

Michigan does not have the ability to find thousands of students who are likely “not being educated” during the pandemic, much less a unified plan to do so.

As COVID-19 deaths rise in Michigan and more schools move to online instruction, districts have shouldered the responsibility for finding missing students, making phone calls, and in some cases knocking on doors.

But many of those students remain unaccounted for three months into the school year, and state leaders have done little more than encourage local superintendents to find them. Michigan’s incomplete data system — it does not include home-schooling families — makes the problem worse.

“Schools can’t do it alone,” John Severson, superintendent of Muskegon Area ISD, a county-level education support agency in western Michigan, said. There are “a lot of lost voices that we are not hearing from right now. And if we were to get them back, think about how far behind they are. We’ve got to find them.”

Superintendents are already bracing for the staggering challenge of helping students get back on track academically after the pandemic. That challenge will be more difficult to overcome if Michigan’s missing students aren’t found. Even with a vaccine on the way, public health experts say this winter will be among the grimmest periods of the pandemic. It will likely be months, at best, before schools across the state resume in-person instruction.

Many students “are not attending online classes and they’re not attending in-person classes — they’re just kind of lost,” said Jennifer Lewis, an associate professor of math education at Wayne State University in Detroit. That means students are missing out on concepts that they’ll need to understand next year’s work. Not to mention they’re missing out on the emotional and social support that they receive at school.

Educators are concerned about the well-being — academic, emotional, and physical — of students who simply aren’t attending school. Reports of child abuse have declined sharply during the pandemic, in part because teachers are among the people most likely to notice the signs of abuse.

Adding to the urgency of the situation, these students were already at greater risk of falling behind, she added.

“The kids who will suffer the most will be the kids who were already suffering,” she said. “The achievement gaps will only grow. We’ve already struggled with, ‘How do we help kids catch up?’ Now it’s going to be a stronger concern.”

Michigan’s enrollment fell by 53,200 students this fall, according to unaudited data obtained by Chalkbeat. That’s nearly double the enrollment decline in 2009-2010, the last year of the Great Recession.

Enrollment across Michigan dropped sharply this fall

District County 2019 Enrollment 2020 Enrollment Difference % Difference
District County 2019 Enrollment 2020 Enrollment Difference % Difference
Detroit Public Schools Community District Wayne 50,392 47,673 -2,719 -5%
Lansing Public School District Ingham 10,392 9,464 -927 -9%
Utica Community Schools Macomb 26,599 25,672 -926 -3%
Grand Rapids Public Schools Kent 15,386 14,510 -876 -6%
Chippewa Valley Schools Macomb 15,688 14,817 -871 -6%
Wayne-Westland Community School District Wayne 10,292 9,460 9,460 -8%
Waterford School District Oakland 8,193 7,403 -789 -10%
Walled Lake Consolidated Schools Oakland 13,376 12,609 -767 -6%
Plymouth-Canton Community Schools Wayne 17,303 16,598 -705 -4%
Kalamazoo Public Schools Kalamazoo 12,848 12,157 -690 -5%
Ann Arbor Public Schools Washtenaw 17,903 17,265 -637 -4%
Huron Valley Schools Oakland 8,777 8,146 -631 -7%
Flint, School District of the City of Genesee 3,724 3,099 -625 -17%
Port Huron Area School District St. Clair 7,811 7,195 -616 -8%
Oak Park, School District of the City of Oakland 4,400 3,788 -611 -14%
South Lyon Community Schools Oakland 8,774 8,187 -586 -7%
Warren Consolidated Schools Macomb 13,506 12,949 -557 -4%
Traverse City Area Public Schools Grand Traverse 9,723 9,171 -552 -6%
Livonia Public Schools School District Wayne 14,097 13,563 -534 -4%
Grosse Pointe Public Schools Wayne 7,447 6,921 -527 -7%
Lake Orion Community Schools Oakland 7,324 6,824 -500 -7%
Birmingham Public Schools Oakland 7,971 7,501 -469 -6%
Bay City School District Bay 7,232 6,769 -462 -6%
Anchor Bay School District St. Clair 5,838 5,380 -458 -8%
Grand Ledge Public Schools Eaton 5,380 4,944 -435 -8%
Rochester Community School District Oakland 15,412 14,987 -425 -3%
Lapeer Community Schools Lapeer 4,936 4,522 -414 -8%
Holt Public Schools Ingham 5,596 5,184 -412 -7%
Grand Blanc Community Schools Genesee 8,274 7,864 -410 -5%
Southfield Public School District Oakland 5,559 5,163 -396 -7%
Forest Hills Public Schools Kent 9,706 9,346 -360 -4%
Troy School District Oakland 13,081 12,731 -350 -3%
Grand Haven Area Public Schools Ottawa 5,995 5,657 -338 -6%
Midland Public Schools Midland 7,744 7,413 -331 -4%
Zeeland Public Schools Ottawa 6,442 6,123 -319 -5%
Berrien Springs Public Schools Berrien 4,320 4,006 -314 -7%
Farmington Public School District Oakland 9,327 9,021 -307 -3%
Pontiac City School District Oakland 3,907 3,603 -303 -8%
Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools Genesee 4,282 3,986 -297 -7%
Northville Public Schools Wayne 7,378 7,084 -294 -4%
Jackson Public Schools Jackson 4,871 4,583 -287 -6%
Mattawan Consolidated School Van Buren 3,781 3,497 -284 -8%
Old Redford Academy Wayne 1,528 1,246 -282 -18%
L'Anse Creuse Public Schools Macomb 10,163 9,885 -278 -3%
Garden City Public Schools Wayne 3,647 3,370 -277 -8%
Redford Union Schools, District No. 1 Wayne 2,668 2,394 -274 -10%
Lake Shore Public Schools (Macomb) Macomb 3,433 3,162 -271 -8%
Ypsilanti Community Schools Washtenaw 3,827 3,558 -269 -7%
Southgate Community School District Wayne 3,442 3,180 -262 -8%
Howell Public Schools Livingston 6,958 6,697 -261 -4%
Van Dyke Public Schools Macomb 2,292 2,046 -246 -11%
Marshall Public Schools Calhoun 2,790 2,545 -246 -9%
Portage Public Schools Kalamazoo 8,913 8,671 -242 -3%
Taylor School District Wayne 5,950 5,709 -242 -4%
Dexter Community School District Washtenaw 3,628 3,387 -241 -7%
Allegan Public Schools Allegan 2,388 2,148 -240 -10%
Saline Area Schools Washtenaw 5,200 4,962 -238 -5%
Pennfield Schools Calhoun 2,185 1,961 -224 -10%
Lincoln Consolidated School District Washtenaw 3,769 3,549 -220 -6%
Eaton Rapids Public Schools Eaton 2,256 2,036 -220 -10%
Three Rivers Community Schools St. Joseph 2,655 2,438 -217 -8%
Rockford Public Schools Kent 7,955 7,739 -216 -3%
Harper Woods, The School District of the City of Wayne 2,483 2,270 -212 -9%
Holland City School District Ottawa 3,417 3,206 -211 -6%
Hartland Consolidated Schools Livingston 5,472 5,261 -210 -4%
Roseville Community Schools Macomb 4,569 4,359 -210 -5%
Monroe Public Schools Monroe 5,160 4,952 -208 -4%
Lowell Area Schools Kent 3,768 3,563 -205 -5%
Royal Oak Schools Oakland 5,233 5,029 -203 -4%
West Ottawa Public School District Ottawa 6,683 6,480 -202 -3%
Bloomfield Hills Schools Oakland 5,597 5,396 -201 -4%
Dearborn City School District Wayne 20,620 20,419 -201 -1%
Cedar Springs Public Schools Kent 3,577 3,379 -198 -6%
Hudsonville Public School District Ottawa 7,137 6,939 -198 -3%
Gaylord Community Schools Otsego 3,020 2,826 -195 -6%
Van Buren Public Schools Wayne 4,537 4,344 -193 -4%
Charlotte Public Schools Eaton 2,526 2,348 -178 -7%
Battle Creek Public Schools Calhoun 3,878 3,701 -177 -5%
Alpena Public Schools Alpena 3,699 3,522 -176 -5%
Berkley School District Oakland 5,927 5,752 -176 -3%
Lakewood Public Schools Ionia 1,795 1,623 -172 -10%
Saginaw Township Community Schools Saginaw 4,816 4,646 -170 -4%
Milan Area Schools Washtenaw 2,168 1,998 -170 -8%
Kentwood Public Schools Kent 9,258 9,088 -170 -2%
Niles Community Schools Berrien 3,729 3,560 -169 -5%
Fenton Area Public Schools Genesee 3,443 3,276 -167 -5%
Plainwell Community Schools Allegan 2,819 2,652 -167 -6%
Chandler Park Academy Wayne 2,289 2,124 -165 -7%
East China School District St. Clair 3,974 3,812 -162 -4%
Lakeview Sch. District (Calhoun) Calhoun 4,065 3,903 -162 -4%
Holly Area School District Oakland 3,261 3,103 -159 -5%
Caro Community Schools Tuscola 1,629 1,473 -155 -10%
Fraser Public Schools Macomb 4,828 4,673 -155 -3%
Romulus Community Schools Wayne 2,580 2,426 -154 -6%
Tecumseh Public Schools Lenawee 2,683 2,530 -153 -6%
Linden Community Schools Genesee 2,672 2,519 -152 -6%
Muskegon, Public Schools of the City of Muskegon 3,616 3,464 -152 -4%
Ionia Public Schools Ionia 2,992 2,843 -149 -5%
Kelloggsville Public Schools Kent 2,385 2,238 -147 -6%
Ferndale Public Schools Oakland 3,119 2,973 -146 -5%
St. Johns Public Schools Clinton 2,792 2,647 -145 -5%
Hamilton Community Schools Allegan 3,201 3,056 -145 -5%
Saginaw, School District of the City of Saginaw 5,210 5,065 -145 -3%
Wayland Union Schools Allegan 3,055 2,912 -143 -5%
Corunna Public Schools Shiawassee 1,758 1,616 -142 -8%
Mona Shores Public School District Muskegon 3,906 3,764 -142 -4%
Clawson Public Schools Oakland 1,470 1,329 -141 -10%
Flushing Community Schools Genesee 4,223 4,083 -140 -3%
Dowagiac Union School District Cass 2,205 2,066 -139 -6%
Romeo Community Schools Macomb 5,218 5,080 -139 -3%
Caledonia Community Schools Kent 5,059 4,921 -139 -3%
Bedford Public Schools Monroe 4,267 4,129 -138 -3%
Jonesville Community Schools Hillsdale 1,450 1,312 -138 -10%
Eastpointe Community Schools Macomb 2,470 2,332 -138 -6%
Northview Public Schools Kent 3,324 3,187 -137 -4%
Flat Rock Community Schools Wayne 1,925 1,788 -137 -7%
Martin Luther King, Jr. Education Center Academy Wayne 432 297 -135 -31%
Barack Obama Leadership Academy Wayne 383 248 -135 -35%
Wyoming Public Schools Kent 4,150 4,017 -133 -3%
Chelsea School District Washtenaw 2,429 2,297 -133 -5%
Lakeview Public Schools (Macomb) Macomb 4,357 4,224 -132 -3%
Woodhaven-Brownstown School District Wayne 5,546 5,414 -132 -2%
West Bloomfield School District Oakland 5,411 5,279 -132 -2%
Trenton Public Schools Wayne 2,534 2,402 -132 -5%
Swartz Creek Community Schools Genesee 3,628 3,498 -131 -4%
Clintondale Community Schools Macomb 2,656 2,525 -130 -5%
Vicksburg Community Schools Kalamazoo 2,694 2,564 -130 -5%
Coldwater Community Schools Branch 2,863 2,734 -129 -5%
Lincoln Park, School District of the City of Wayne 4,932 4,804 -128 -3%
Marysville Public Schools St. Clair 2,832 2,705 -127 -4%
Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences Wayne 1,050 923 -127 -12%
Bradford Academy Oakland 1,275 1,150 -125 -10%
Gibraltar School District Wayne 3,712 3,587 -125 -3%
Vassar Public Schools Tuscola 1,076 951 -125 -12%
Standish-Sterling Community Schools Arenac 1,555 1,431 -124 -8%
Allen Park Public Schools Wayne 3,842 3,719 -123 -3%
Bridgman Public Schools Berrien 888 766 -123 -14%
Clio Area School District Genesee 2,876 2,754 -123 -4%
Croswell-Lexington Community Schools Sanilac 2,051 1,929 -122 -6%
South Haven Public Schools Van Buren 1,900 1,778 -122 -6%
Davison Community Schools Genesee 5,748 5,628 -120 -2%
Benton Harbor Area Schools Berrien 1,724 1,605 -118 -7%
Fruitport Community Schools Muskegon 2,655 2,536 -118 -4%
Leslie Public Schools Ingham 1,204 1,086 -118 -10%
Hopkins Public Schools Allegan 1,641 1,523 -117 -7%
Haslett Public Schools Ingham 2,713 2,595 -117 -4%
Washtenaw Technical Middle College Washtenaw 911 795 -117 -13%
Leland Public School District Leelanau 555 439 -116 -21%
Parchment School District Kalamazoo 1,633 1,517 -116 -7%
Cornerstone Health and Technology School Wayne 529 414 -115 -22%
Northwest Community Schools Jackson 3,614 3,499 -115 -3%
Novi Community School District Oakland 6,711 6,596 -115 -2%
Goodrich Area Schools Genesee 2,114 2,000 -114 -5%
Mt. Morris Consolidated Schools Genesee 1,715 1,602 -113 -7%
Williamston Community Schools Ingham 1,907 1,795 -112 -6%
Waverly Community Schools Eaton 3,000 2,888 -112 -4%
Grandville Public Schools Kent 5,633 5,523 -110 -2%
Grand Traverse Academy Grand Traverse 871 761 -110 -13%
Lamphere Public Schools Oakland 2,429 2,321 -108 -4%
Madison District Public Schools Oakland 1,123 1,016 -108 -10%
Imlay City Community Schools Lapeer 1,980 1,873 -107 -5%
Hazel Park, School District of the City of Oakland 3,058 2,951 -107 -3%
Shelby Public Schools Oceana 1,247 1,141 -106 -8%
Central Montcalm Public Schools Montcalm 1,460 1,355 -105 -7%
Fitzgerald Public Schools Macomb 2,378 2,273 -105 -4%
Essexville-Hampton Public Schools Bay 1,682 1,578 -105 -6%
Center Line Public Schools Macomb 2,531 2,427 -103 -4%
Crossroads Charter Academy Mecosta 508 406 -103 -20%
Harper Creek Community Schools Calhoun 2,750 2,648 -102 -4%
Pinckney Community Schools Livingston 2,423 2,321 -102 -4%
Greenville Public Schools Montcalm 3,655 3,554 -101 -3%
Okemos Public Schools Ingham 4,595 4,494 -101 -2%
Perry Public Schools Shiawassee 1,054 954 -100 -9%
Byron Area Schools Shiawassee 805 706 -99 -12%
Jefferson Schools (Monroe) Monroe 1,533 1,434 -99 -6%
Pontiac Academy for Excellence Oakland 629 531 -98 -16%
Grant Public School District Newaygo 1,777 1,679 -98 -6%
Almont Community Schools Lapeer 1,458 1,361 -97 -7%
Cornerstone Jefferson-Douglass Academy Wayne 689 592 -97 -14%
East Jackson Community Schools Jackson 884 787 -97 -11%
Atherton Community Schools Genesee 827 730 -97 -12%
St. Joseph Public Schools Berrien 3,025 2,929 -96 -3%
Clare Public Schools Clare 1,635 1,539 -96 -6%
American International Academy Wayne 728 632 -96 -13%
South Lake Schools Macomb 1,634 1,539 -95 -6%
Crescent Academy Oakland 893 799 -95 -11%
Bangor Public Schools (Van Buren) Van Buren 1,111 1,019 -93 -8%
Ludington Area School District Mason 2,169 2,077 -93 -4%
Constantine Public School District St. Joseph 1,483 1,391 -92 -6%
Dearborn Heights School District #7 Wayne 2,525 2,434 -91 -4%
Lakeview Community Schools (Montcalm) Montcalm 1,076 985 -91 -8%
Reed City Area Public Schools Osceola 1,432 1,342 -90 -6%
Lake Fenton Community Schools Genesee 2,102 2,014 -88 -4%
Orchard View Schools Muskegon 2,224 2,136 -88 -4%
Gull Lake Community Schools Kalamazoo 3,591 3,503 -88 -2%
Ovid-Elsie Area Schools Clinton 1,488 1,400 -88 -6%
Mt. Pleasant City School District Isabella 3,589 3,503 -86 -2%
Detroit Community Schools Wayne 699 613 -86 -12%
Public Schools of Petoskey Emmet 2,837 2,751 -86 -3%
Montague Area Public Schools Muskegon 1,493 1,407 -86 -6%
Morley Stanwood Community Schools Mecosta 1,183 1,098 -85 -7%
Fowlerville Community Schools Livingston 2,715 2,630 -85 -3%
Warren Woods Public Schools Macomb 3,248 3,164 -84 -3%
Alma Public Schools Gratiot 2,032 1,949 -84 -4%
West Branch-Rose City Area Schools Ogemaw 2,013 1,930 -83 -4%
Public Schools of Calumet, Laurium & Keweenaw Houghton 1,627 1,543 -83 -5%
Escanaba Area Public Schools Delta 2,313 2,230 -83 -4%
Adrian Public Schools Lenawee 2,865 2,783 -82 -3%
Houghton Lake Community Schools Roscommon 1,222 1,140 -82 -7%
Harrison Community Schools Clare 1,333 1,251 -82 -6%
Negaunee Public Schools Marquette 1,561 1,481 -80 -5%
Summit Academy North Wayne 1,779 1,699 -80 -4%
Covenant House Academy Grand Rapids Kent 307 228 -79 -26%
Marquette Area Public Schools Marquette 3,235 3,156 -79 -2%
Mount Clemens Community School District Macomb 1,000 921 -79 -8%
Big Rapids Public Schools Mecosta 2,150 2,071 -79 -4%
Melvindale-North Allen Park Schools Wayne 3,041 2,963 -78 -3%
Madison Academy Genesee 875 797 -78 -9%
Delton Kellogg Schools Barry 1,185 1,108 -77 -7%
Bullock Creek School District Midland 1,865 1,787 -77 -4%
Olivet Community Schools Eaton 1,351 1,274 -77 -6%
Tri County Area Schools Montcalm 1,843 1,766 -77 -4%
Mancelona Public Schools Antrim 943 866 -77 -8%
Cheboygan Area Schools Cheboygan 1,590 1,514 -76 -5%
White Pigeon Community Schools St. Joseph 774 698 -76 -10%
Four Corners Montessori Academy Oakland 456 380 -76 -17%
University Yes Academy Wayne 538 463 -75 -14%
Coloma Community Schools Berrien 1,304 1,229 -75 -6%
Madison School District (Lenawee) Lenawee 1,625 1,550 -74 -5%
Voyageur Academy Wayne 1,164 1,090 -74 -6%
East Grand Rapids Public Schools Kent 2,889 2,815 -74 -3%
Cesar Chavez Academy Wayne 2,270 2,196 -74 -3%
Reeths-Puffer Schools Muskegon 3,587 3,513 -74 -2%
Wyandotte, School District of the City of Wayne 4,688 4,615 -73 -2%
Brandywine Community Schools Berrien 1,343 1,271 -73 -5%
Boyne City Public Schools Charlevoix 1,349 1,277 -73 -5%
Edwardsburg Public Schools Cass 2,708 2,636 -72 -3%
Farwell Area Schools Clare 1,064 992 -72 -7%
Thornapple Kellogg School District Barry 3,221 3,151 -70 -2%
Charlevoix Public Schools Charlevoix 842 772 -70 -8%
DeWitt Public Schools Clinton 3,191 3,121 -70 -2%
Roscommon Area Public Schools Roscommon 856 786 -70 -8%
Sturgis Public Schools St. Joseph 3,112 3,042 -70 -2%
Joy Preparatory Academy Wayne 285 215 -70 -24%
Fremont Public School District Newaygo 2,104 2,034 -70 -3%
Bath Community Schools Clinton 1,122 1,053 -69 -6%
Schoolcraft Community Schools Kalamazoo 1,071 1,001 -69 -6%
Otsego Public Schools Allegan 2,352 2,284 -69 -3%
Newaygo Public School District Newaygo 1,599 1,531 -68 -4%
Chippewa Hills School District Mecosta 1,936 1,869 -67 -3%
Grand Blanc Academy Genesee 332 265 -67 -20%
Napoleon Community Schools Jackson 1,323 1,256 -67 -5%
Beaverton Schools Gladwin 1,007 939 -67 -7%
Armada Area Schools Macomb 1,784 1,717 -66 -4%
Owosso Public Schools Shiawassee 3,051 2,985 -66 -2%
Montabella Community Schools Montcalm 792 726 -66 -8%
Hancock Public Schools Houghton 697 631 -66 -9%
Bentley Community School District Genesee 820 754 -66 -8%
Blissfield Community Schools Lenawee 1,203 1,138 -66 -5%
North Muskegon Public Schools Muskegon 1,042 977 -65 -6%
Manchester Community Schools Washtenaw 875 810 -65 -7%
West Iron County Public Schools Iron 859 794 -65 -8%
Potterville Public Schools Eaton 797 733 -64 -8%
Comstock Park Public Schools Kent 1,835 1,771 -64 -4%
Western School District Jackson 2,901 2,836 -64 -2%
Mason County Central Schools Mason 1,329 1,265 -64 -5%
Brandon School District in the Counties of Oakland and Lapeer Oakland 2,279 2,215 -64 -3%
Hanover-Horton School District Jackson 1,135 1,071 -64 -6%
St. Louis Public Schools Gratiot 1,029 965 -64 -6%
Grosse Ile Township Schools Wayne 1,775 1,711 -63 -4%
Huron School District Wayne 2,567 2,504 -63 -2%
Hillsdale Community Schools Hillsdale 1,367 1,305 -62 -5%
Eaton Academy Macomb 366 304 -62 -17%
Coopersville Area Public School District Ottawa 2,661 2,599 -62 -2%
East Lansing School District Ingham 3,697 3,635 -62 -2%
Conner Creek Academy East Macomb 942 880 -62 -7%
Lawrence Public Schools Van Buren 527 465 -62 -12%
Manistique Area Schools Schoolcraft 797 736 -61 -8%
Houghton-Portage Township School District Houghton 1,428 1,367 -61 -4%
NICE Community School District Marquette 1,162 1,101 -61 -5%
Millington Community Schools Tuscola 1,156 1,095 -61 -5%
Bendle Public Schools Genesee 1,148 1,088 -60 -5%
Detroit Public Safety Academy Wayne 230 170 -60 -26%
Kent City Community Schools Kent 1,324 1,264 -60 -5%
Bloomingdale Public School District Van Buren 1,174 1,115 -58 -5%
Carrollton Public Schools Saginaw 2,289 2,230 -58 -3%
Buchanan Community Schools Berrien 1,568 1,510 -58 -4%
Avondale School District Oakland 4,607 4,549 -58 -1%
Hastings Area School District Barry 2,562 2,504 -58 -2%
North Branch Area Schools Lapeer 2,390 2,332 -58 -2%
East Arbor Charter Academy Washtenaw 600 542 -58 -10%
Colon Community School District St. Joseph 569 511 -57 -10%
Allendale Public Schools Ottawa 2,725 2,668 -57 -2%
Lighthouse Academy Kent 375 318 -57 -15%
Belding Area School District Ionia 1,796 1,740 -56 -3%
Spring Lake Public Schools Ottawa 2,488 2,432 -56 -2%
Pinconning Area Schools Bay 1,241 1,185 -56 -5%
Kearsley Community School District Genesee 2,937 2,881 -56 -2%
Dundee Community Schools Monroe 1,726 1,670 -56 -3%
Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools Kalamazoo 1,015 959 -56 -5%
Hope of Detroit Academy Wayne 1,081 1,026 -55 -5%
McBain Rural Agricultural Schools Missaukee 1,063 1,008 -55 -5%
Bangor Township Schools Bay 2,562 2,507 -55 -2%
Academy of Warren Macomb 695 640 -55 -8%
Eau Claire Public Schools Berrien 766 711 -55 -7%
W-A-Y Academy Wayne 315 260 -55 -17%
Union City Community Schools Branch 1,004 949 -55 -5%
Columbia School District Jackson 1,514 1,459 -55 -4%
Lake City Area School District Missaukee 1,203 1,149 -54 -4%
Westwood Heights Schools Genesee 1,599 1,545 -54 -3%
Kalkaska Public Schools Kalkaska 1,450 1,396 -54 -4%
David Ellis Academy West Wayne 710 657 -53 -8%
Brighton Area Schools Livingston 8,326 8,273 -53 -1%
Memphis Community Schools St. Clair 815 762 -53 -7%
Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts Wayne 396 344 -52 -13%
Grass Lake Community Schools Jackson 1,327 1,276 -52 -4%
Covenant House Academy Detroit Wayne 520 468 -51 -10%
Marlette Community Schools Sanilac 782 731 -51 -7%
River Rouge, School District of the City of Wayne 2,427 2,376 -51 -2%
Capac Community Schools St. Clair 826 775 -51 -6%
Pathways Academy Wayne 150 100 -50 -33%
Marcellus Community Schools Cass 781 732 -49 -6%
University Preparatory Academy (PSAD) Wayne 1,898 1,849 -49 -3%
Hart Public School District Oceana 1,264 1,215 -49 -4%
David Ellis Academy Wayne 271 223 -48 -18%
Bellaire Public Schools Antrim 339 291 -48 -14%
Springport Public Schools Jackson 1,018 970 -48 -5%
St. Charles Community Schools Saginaw 878 830 -48 -5%
Tawas Area Schools Iosco 1,209 1,161 -48 -4%
Cass City Public Schools Tuscola 988 941 -47 -5%
Yale Public Schools St. Clair 1,885 1,837 -47 -3%
Gwinn Area Community Schools Marquette 1,032 985 -47 -5%
Cassopolis Public Schools Cass 913 866 -47 -5%
Saranac Community Schools Ionia 907 860 -47 -5%
Innocademy Ottawa 324 278 -46 -14%
Riverside Academy Wayne 919 873 -46 -5%
Manistee Area Public Schools Manistee 1,355 1,309 -46 -3%
Hamtramck, School District of the City of Wayne 3,332 3,286 -46 -1%
Central Academy Washtenaw 605 560 -46 -8%
Rogers City Area Schools Presque Isle 516 471 -45 -9%
Quincy Community Schools Branch 1,176 1,131 -45 -4%
Byron Center Charter School Kent 235 190 -45 -19%
Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Montcalm 833 789 -44 -5%
Whitehall District Schools Muskegon 2,098 2,054 -44 -2%
Greater Heights Academy Genesee 256 212 -44 -17%
Arts Academy in the Woods Macomb 320 276 -44 -14%
East Jordan Public Schools Charlevoix 814 771 -43 -5%
Athens Area Schools Calhoun 520 477 -43 -8%
Ann Arbor Learning Community Washtenaw 316 273 -43 -14%
Jackson Preparatory & Early College Jackson 361 318 -42 -12%
Inland Lakes Schools Cheboygan 642 600 -42 -7%
Reese Public Schools Tuscola 793 750 -42 -5%
Hope Academy Wayne 496 454 -42 -8%
Ithaca Public Schools Gratiot 1,079 1,037 -42 -4%
Munising Public Schools Alger 645 603 -42 -6%
Richfield Public School Academy Genesee 649 607 -42 -6%
Decatur Public Schools Van Buren 755 714 -41 -5%
Durand Area Schools Shiawassee 1,296 1,255 -41 -3%
Kenowa Hills Public Schools Kent 3,156 3,116 -41 -1%
Paw Paw Public School District Van Buren 2,165 2,124 -40 -2%
Stockbridge Community Schools Ingham 1,244 1,203 -40 -3%
Clarenceville School District Wayne 1,854 1,814 -40 -2%
Algonac Community School District St. Clair 1,406 1,366 -40 -3%
Hesperia Community Schools Newaygo 913 873 -40 -4%
L'Anse Area Schools Baraga 589 549 -39 -7%
Iron Mountain Public Schools Dickinson 826 786 -39 -5%
Alcona Community Schools Alcona 687 648 -39 -6%
Gobles Public School District Van Buren 806 767 -39 -5%
Pittsford Area Schools Hillsdale 408 369 -39 -10%
Meridian Public Schools Midland 1,346 1,307 -39 -3%
Benzie County Central Schools Benzie 1,353 1,315 -38 -3%
Westwood Community School District Wayne 1,571 1,533 -38 -2%
Addison Community Schools Lenawee 800 762 -38 -5%
Burton Glen Charter Academy Genesee 647 609 -38 -6%
West MI Academy of Environmental Science Kent 789 751 -37 -5%
Da Vinci Institute Jackson 501 464 -37 -7%
Clinton Community Schools Lenawee 1,239 1,202 -37 -3%
University Preparatory Science and Math (PSAD) Wayne 1,545 1,509 -37 -2%
Maple Valley Schools Eaton 968 932 -37 -4%
Pellston Public Schools Emmet 476 439 -36 -8%
Godwin Heights Public Schools Kent 2,047 2,010 -36 -2%
Ishpeming Public School District No. 1 Marquette 725 689 -36 -5%
George Crockett Academy Wayne 427 391 -36 -8%
Adams Township School District Houghton 488 452 -36 -7%
Rutherford Winans Academy Wayne 223 187 -36 -16%
Bessemer Area School District Gogebic 407 371 -36 -9%
Gladwin Community Schools Gladwin 1,609 1,573 -36 -2%
Hale Area Schools Iosco 332 296 -36 -11%
Mason Public Schools (Ingham) Ingham 3,212 3,177 -36 -1%
Landmark Academy St. Clair 800 764 -36 -4%
Dr. Joseph F. Pollack Academic Center of Excellence Oakland 754 719 -35 -5%
Comstock Public Schools Kalamazoo 1,845 1,810 -35 -2%
Harbor Springs School District Emmet 773 738 -35 -5%
Eagle Crest Charter Academy Ottawa 728 693 -35 -5%
Forest Academy Kalamazoo 155 120 -35 -22%
Morrice Area Schools Shiawassee 524 489 -35 -7%
Coleman Community Schools Midland 671 637 -34 -5%
Shepherd Public Schools Isabella 1,768 1,734 -34 -2%
Kingsley Area Schools Grand Traverse 1,548 1,513 -34 -2%
Clara B. Ford Academy (SDA) Wayne 126 92 -34 -27%
Bay-Arenac Community High School Bay 159 125 -34 -21%
Arts and Technology Academy of Pontiac Oakland 806 773 -33 -4%
Breckenridge Community Schools Gratiot 625 592 -33 -5%
White Cloud Public Schools Newaygo 946 913 -33 -3%
Highland Park Public School Academy System Wayne 306 274 -33 -11%
Pine River Area Schools Osceola 1,051 1,018 -33 -3%
Vandercook Lake Public Schools Jackson 843 810 -33 -4%
St. Ignace Area Schools Mackinac 513 481 -32 -6%
Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port Laker Schools Huron 960 928 -32 -3%
Detroit Innovation Academy Wayne 377 345 -32 -8%
Britton Deerfield Schools Lenawee 485 454 -31 -6%
Deckerville Community School District Sanilac 575 544 -31 -5%
Airport Community Schools Monroe 2,715 2,684 -31 -1%
Mendon Community School District St. Joseph 510 479 -31 -6%
Countryside Academy Berrien 772 741 -31 -4%
FlexTech High School Livingston 250 219 -31 -12%
Bark River-Harris School District Menominee 712 681 -31 -4%
Fulton Schools Gratiot 614 583 -31 -5%
Vista Charter Academy Kent 719 688 -31 -4%
Onsted Community Schools Lenawee 1,297 1,267 -31 -2%
Ironwood Area Schools of Gogebic County Gogebic 745 715 -30 -4%
Birch Run Area Schools Saginaw 1,868 1,838 -30 -2%
Hillsdale Preparatory School Hillsdale 95 65 -30 -31%
Norway-Vulcan Area Schools Dickinson 641 611 -30 -5%
Montrose Community Schools Genesee 1,481 1,451 -30 -2%
Ubly Community Schools Huron 620 590 -30 -5%
Concord Academy - Petoskey Emmet 178 149 -29 -16%
Baldwin Community Schools Lake 484 455 -29 -6%
Onaway Area Community School District Presque Isle 568 539 -29 -5%
ACE Academy (SDA) Wayne 158 129 -29 -18%
Mt. Clemens Montessori Academy Macomb 297 269 -28 -10%
Ida Public School District Monroe 1,440 1,412 -28 -2%
River Heights Academy Wayne 247 219 -28 -11%
Knapp Charter Academy Kent 703 675 -28 -4%
North Star Academy Marquette 248 220 -28 -11%
Keystone Academy Wayne 702 674 -28 -4%
Riverview Community School District Wayne 2,958 2,931 -27 -1%
Sand Creek Community Schools Lenawee 829 801 -27 -3%
International Academy of Flint Genesee 969 942 -27 -3%
Brown City Community Schools Sanilac 764 737 -27 -4%
Blue Water Middle College St. Clair 424 397 -27 -6%
NexTech High School of Lansing Ingham 113 86 -27 -24%
Laingsburg Community Schools Shiawassee 1,161 1,134 -27 -2%
The Dearborn Academy Wayne 516 490 -26 -5%
Unionville-Sebewaing Area S.D. Tuscola 724 697 -26 -4%
Lake Linden-Hubbell School District Houghton 392 365 -26 -7%
Michigan Educational Choice Center Wayne 277 251 -26 -9%
Oscoda Area Schools Iosco 1,150 1,124 -26 -2%
Battle Creek Area Learning Center Calhoun 161 135 -26 -16%
New Lothrop Area Public Schools Shiawassee 921 896 -25 -3%
Lakeshore School District (Berrien) Berrien 2,798 2,773 -25 -1%
Godfrey-Lee Public Schools Kent 1,829 1,804 -25 -1%
Oakridge Public Schools Muskegon 2,002 1,977 -25 -1%
Oakland FlexTech High School Livingston 229 204 -25 -11%
Gladstone Area Schools Delta 1,541 1,516 -25 -2%
Windover High School Midland 139 114 -25 -18%
LakeVille Community School District Genesee 1,147 1,123 -24 -2%
Oakland County Academy of Media & Technology Oakland 227 203 -24 -11%
Ravenna Public Schools Muskegon 1,033 1,009 -24 -2%
Academy for Business and Technology Wayne 556 532 -24 -4%
Forest Park School District Iron 466 442 -24 -5%
Genesee STEM Academy Genesee 334 311 -23 -7%
Rapid River Public Schools Delta 301 278 -23 -8%
Oakland International Academy Wayne 827 804 -23 -3%
University Preparatory Art & Design Wayne 1,296 1,273 -23 -2%
Mio-AuSable Schools Oscoda 510 487 -23 -4%
Elk Rapids Schools Antrim 1,264 1,241 -23 -2%
Tipton Academy Wayne 476 454 -22 -5%
Walker Charter Academy Kent 749 727 -22 -3%
Innocademy Allegan Campus Allegan 105 82 -22 -21%
Bridgeport-Spaulding Community School District Saginaw 1,510 1,488 -22 -1%
Muskegon Covenant Academy Muskegon 181 159 -22 -12%
Commonwealth Community Development Academy Wayne 186 164 -22 -12%
Ewen-Trout Creek Consolidated School District Ontonagon 184 163 -22 -12%
Sault Ste. Marie Area Schools Chippewa 1,962 1,941 -22 -1%
Portland Public Schools Ionia 2,128 2,107 -22 -1%
MacDowell Preparatory Academy Wayne 379 358 -21 -6%
WSC Academy Washtenaw 70 49 -21 -30%
Superior Central School District Alger 330 309 -21 -6%
Mason Consolidated Schools (Monroe) Monroe 1,070 1,049 -21 -2%
Chandler Woods Charter Academy Kent 784 763 -21 -3%
Benton Harbor Charter School Academy Berrien 482 461 -21 -4%
Concord Community Schools Jackson 656 635 -21 -3%
St. Clair County Intervention Academy St. Clair 73 52 -21 -28%
AGBU Alex-Marie Manoogian School Oakland 394 373 -21 -5%
New School High Wayne 73 53 -20 -27%
West Village Academy Wayne 373 353 -20 -5%
Manton Consolidated Schools Wexford 971 951 -20 -2%
Beal City Public Schools Isabella 681 662 -19 -3%
Detroit Service Learning Academy Wayne 1,330 1,311 -19 -1%
New Bedford Academy Monroe 105 86 -19 -18%
Camden-Frontier School Hillsdale 510 491 -19 -4%
Atlanta Community Schools Montmorency 252 233 -19 -7%
West Michigan Aviation Academy Kent 603 585 -19 -3%
NexTech High School Kent 123 105 -18 -15%
Eagle's Nest Academy Genesee 183 165 -18 -10%
Hemlock Public School District Saginaw 1,193 1,175 -18 -2%
River City Scholars Charter Academy Kent 460 442 -18 -4%
Insight School of Michigan Eaton 786 769 -18 -2%
Caseville Public Schools Huron 268 250 -18 -7%
William C. Abney Academy Kent 346 328 -18 -5%
Will Carleton Charter School Academy Hillsdale 283 266 -18 -6%
Brimley Area Schools Chippewa 532 515 -17 -3%
Pentwater Public School District Oceana 262 245 -17 -7%
Bronson Community School District Branch 1,060 1,043 -17 -2%
Morenci Area Schools Lenawee 617 600 -17 -3%
International Academy of Saginaw Saginaw 145 129 -16 -11%
Chassell Township School District Houghton 249 233 -16 -6%
Carney-Nadeau Public Schools Menominee 287 271 -16 -6%
Onekama Consolidated Schools Manistee 338 322 -16 -5%
Global Heights Academy Wayne 250 234 -16 -6%
Menominee Area Public Schools Menominee 1,257 1,241 -16 -1%
Webberville Community Schools Ingham 499 483 -16 -3%
New Paradigm Glazer-Loving Academy Wayne 310 295 -15 -5%
Walden Green Montessori Ottawa 242 227 -15 -6%
Renaissance Public School Academy Isabella 438 423 -15 -3%
DeTour Arts and Technology Academy Chippewa 89 74 -15 -17%
Oxford Community Schools Oakland 6,861 6,846 -14 0%
Kensington Woods Schools Livingston 128 114 -14 -11%
Old Mission Peninsula School Grand Traverse 170 156 -14 -8%
Engadine Consolidated Schools Mackinac 337 323 -14 -4%
Holton Public Schools Muskegon 839 825 -14 -2%
Chesaning Union Schools Saginaw 1,437 1,423 -14 -1%
Harbor Beach Community Schools Huron 494 481 -14 -3%
Outlook Academy Allegan 58 44 -14 -24%
Pewamo-Westphalia Community Schools Clinton 711 697 -14 -2%
Black River Public School Ottawa 928 915 -14 -1%
Academic and Career Education Academy Midland 95 81 -14 -15%
Tahquamenon Area Schools Luce 572 559 -14 -2%
Covert Public Schools Van Buren 362 349 -14 -4%
Arbor Academy Calhoun 204 191 -13 -7%
Branch Line School Wayne 142 129 -13 -9%
South Arbor Charter Academy Washtenaw 792 779 -13 -2%
Weston Preparatory Academy Wayne 284 271 -13 -4%
Evart Public Schools Osceola 884 871 -13 -1%
Vista Meadows Academy Wayne 103 90 -13 -12%
Crawford AuSable Schools Crawford 1,617 1,605 -13 -1%
North Dickinson County Schools Dickinson 254 242 -12 -5%
Saugatuck Public Schools Allegan 834 822 -12 -1%
Michigan Center School District Jackson 1,366 1,355 -11 -1%
Marion Public Schools Osceola 457 446 -11 -2%
Mayville Community School District Tuscola 578 567 -11 -2%
Holly Academy Oakland 622 611 -11 -2%
Central Lake Public Schools Antrim 275 264 -11 -4%
River Valley School District Berrien 550 540 -10 -2%
Windemere Park Charter Academy Ingham 666 656 -10 -2%
Beecher Community School District Genesee 708 698 -10 -1%
Merrill Community Schools Saginaw 555 545 -10 -2%
Summerfield Schools Monroe 587 577 -10 -2%
Whittemore-Prescott Area Schools Iosco 721 711 -10 -1%
Reading Community Schools Hillsdale 697 688 -10 -1%
North Central Area Schools Menominee 348 338 -10 -3%
George Washington Carver Academy Wayne 514 504 -10 -2%
Whitmore Lake Public School District Washtenaw 693 684 -9 -1%
New Buffalo Area Schools Berrien 554 545 -9 -2%
Mildred C. Wells Preparatory Academy Berrien 230 221 -9 -4%
Charyl Stockwell Academy Livingston 1,132 1,123 -9 -1%
AuTrain-Onota Public Schools Alger 32 23 -9 -28%
Merritt Academy Macomb 662 653 -9 -1%
Detroit Edison Public School Academy Wayne 1,294 1,285 -9 -1%
Stephenson Area Public Schools Menominee 479 470 -9 -2%
Watersmeet Township School District Gogebic 142 133 -9 -6%
Great Lakes Academy Oakland 161 152 -9 -5%
Centreville Public Schools St. Joseph 837 829 -8 -1%
Mackinac Island Public Schools Mackinac 64 55 -8 -13%
Frankfort-Elberta Area Schools Benzie 469 461 -8 -2%
Tekonsha Community Schools Calhoun 226 218 -8 -4%
DeTour Area Schools Chippewa 94 86 -8 -9%
Sandusky Community School District Sanilac 1,033 1,025 -8 -1%
Big Jackson School District Newaygo 19 11 -8 -42%
Saginaw Preparatory Academy Saginaw 269 261 -8 -3%
WAY Academy - Flint Genesee 96 88 -8 -8%
Genesee School District Genesee 670 663 -8 -1%
Vanguard Charter Academy Kent 781 773 -8 -1%
Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center Kent 278 270 -8 -3%
West MI Academy of Arts and Academics Ottawa 418 411 -7 -2%
Faxon Academy Oakland 72 65 -7 -10%
Woodland School Grand Traverse 216 209 -7 -3%
Fennville Public Schools Allegan 1,299 1,292 -7 -1%
Wolverine Community School District Cheboygan 261 254 -7 -3%
Battle Creek Montessori Academy Calhoun 169 162 -7 -4%
New Haven Community Schools Macomb 1,295 1,289 -7 -1%
Life Skills Center of Pontiac Oakland 104 98 -6 -6%
Three Oaks Public School Academy Muskegon 368 362 -6 -2%
Advanced Technology Academy Wayne 1,263 1,257 -6 0%
Northridge Academy Genesee 212 206 -6 -3%
Ashley Community Schools Gratiot 249 243 -6 -2%
Excelsior Township S/D #1 Kalkaska 50 44 -6 -12%
Republic-Michigamme Schools Marquette 98 92 -6 -6%
The Greenspire School Grand Traverse 130 124 -6 -5%
Capstone Academy Charter School (SDA) Wayne 165 160 -6 -3%
WAY Michigan Wayne 197 191 -6 -3%
Creative Technologies Academy Kent 312 307 -5 -2%
Rising Stars Academy Macomb 121 116 -5 -4%
Frankenmuth School District Saginaw 1,390 1,384 -5 0%
Woodland Park Academy Genesee 331 326 -5 -2%
Glenn Public School District Allegan 38 33 -5 -13%
Stanton Township Public Schools Houghton 177 172 -5 -3%
Alanson Public Schools Emmet 215 210 -5 -2%
Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Area K-12 School Houghton 336 331 -5 -1%
Pickford Public Schools Chippewa 444 439 -5 -1%
Hanley International Academy Wayne 648 644 -4 -1%
Wellspring Preparatory High School Kent 383 379 -4 -1%
Blended Learning Academies Credit Recovery High School Ingham 131 127 -4 -3%
East Shore Leadership Academy St. Clair 179 175 -4 -2%
Wakefield-Marenisco School District Gogebic 277 273 -4 -1%
Arvon Township School District Baraga 13 9 -4 -31%
Watervliet School District Berrien 1,478 1,474 -4 0%
Mackinaw City Public Schools Emmet 136 133 -4 -3%
Alba Public Schools Antrim 113 110 -3 -3%
Litchfield Community Schools Hillsdale 285 282 -3 -1%
Chatfield School Lapeer 486 483 -3 -1%
Macomb Academy Macomb 72 69 -3 -4%
Johannesburg-Lewiston Area Schools Otsego 703 700 -3 0%
Ellsworth Community School Antrim 251 248 -3 -1%
Muskegon Montessori Academy for Environmental Change Muskegon 164 162 -2 -1%
Hagar Township S/D #6 Berrien 75 73 -2 -3%
Trillium Academy Wayne 608 606 -2 0%
Church School District Huron 16 14 -2 -13%
Colfax Township S/D #1F Huron 22 20 -2 -9%
Easton Township S/D #6 Ionia 25 23 -2 -8%
Cadillac Area Public Schools Wexford 3,103 3,101 -2 0%
Swan Valley School District Saginaw 1,826 1,824 -2 0%
Climax-Scotts Community Schools Kalamazoo 500 499 -2 0%
Waterford Montessori Academy Oakland 368 366 -2 0%
Freeland Community School District Saginaw 2,010 2,008 -2 0%
Detroit Merit Charter Academy Wayne 748 746 -2 0%
Dansville Schools Ingham 740 739 -2 0%
Buckley Community Schools Wexford 437 435 -1 0%
Keys Grace Academy Oakland 477 476 -1 0%
Elm River Township School District Houghton 6 5 -1 -17%
Wells Township School District Marquette 13 12 -1 -8%
Burr Oak Community School District St. Joseph 275 274 -1 0%
Moran Township School District Mackinac 86 85 -1 -1%
Hope Academy of West Michigan Kent 369 369 -1 0%
Lawton Community School District Van Buren 971 970 -1 0%
Honey Creek Community School Washtenaw 225 225 0 0%
Presque Isle Academy Presque Isle 29 29 0 -1%
Breitung Township School District Dickinson 1,902 1,902 0 0%
Sparta Area Schools Kent 2,467 2,467 0 0%
Burt Township School District Alger 30 30 0 0%
Oakland Academy Kalamazoo 152 152 0 0%
Sodus Township S/D #5 Berrien 81 81 0 0%
Mar Lee School District Calhoun 333 333 0 0%
Beaver Island Community School Charlevoix 49 49 0 0%
Jalen Rose Leadership Academy Wayne 417 417 0 0%
Ontonagon Area School District Ontonagon 267 268 1 0%
Three Lakes Academy Mackinac 104 105 1 1%
Owendale-Gagetown Area School District Huron 154 154 1 0%
Casman Alternative Academy Manistee 64 65 1 2%
Bangor Township S/D #8 Van Buren 24 25 1 4%
Achieve Charter Academy Wayne 791 792 1 0%
Legacy Charter Academy Wayne 748 749 1 0%
Huron Academy Macomb 631 632 1 0%
Hamtramck Academy Wayne 540 541 1 0%
Saginaw Covenant Academy Saginaw 99 101 2 2%
Excel Charter Academy Kent 778 780 2 0%
Henry Ford Academy Wayne 511 513 2 0%
Bois Blanc Pines School District Mackinac 3 5 2 67%
New Branches Charter Academy Kent 363 365 2 1%
Boyne Falls Public School District Charlevoix 198 200 2 1%
Alternative Educational Academy of Ogemaw County Ogemaw 116 118 2 2%
Grant Township S/D #2 Keweenaw 6 8 2 42%
Francis Reh PSA Saginaw 489 492 3 1%
Mason County Eastern Schools Mason 401 404 3 1%
North Huron School District Huron 350 353 3 1%
Sigel Township S/D #4F Huron 26 29 3 12%
Augusta Academy Kalamazoo 34 37 3 9%
Posen Consolidated School District No. 9 Presque Isle 207 210 3 1%
South Canton Scholars Charter Academy Wayne 789 792 3 0%
Taylor Exemplar Academy Wayne 769 772 3 0%
Plymouth Educational Center Charter School Wayne 488 491 3 1%
Berlin Township S/D #3 Ionia 9 12 3 38%
Madison-Carver Academy Wayne 623 627 3 1%
South Pointe Scholars Charter Academy Washtenaw 752 755 3 0%
Fowler Public Schools Clinton 481 484 3 1%
Powell Township Schools Marquette 29 33 4 12%
Nah Tah Wahsh Public School Academy Menominee 197 201 4 2%
Hartford Public Schools Van Buren 1,316 1,320 4 0%
Waldron Area Schools Hillsdale 218 222 4 2%
Kalamazoo Covenant Academy Kalamazoo 163 167 4 2%
Verona Township S/D #1F Huron 20 24 4 20%
Michigan Department of Human Services 3 7 4 148%
Baraga Area Schools Baraga 331 335 4 1%
Caniff Liberty Academy Wayne 469 474 5 1%
Relevant Academy of Eaton County Eaton 52 57 5 10%
Ridge Park Charter Academy Kent 560 565 5 1%
Cross Creek Charter Academy Kent 786 791 5 1%
Taylor Preparatory High School Wayne 431 437 5 1%
Youth Advancement Academy Kalamazoo 20 26 6 27%
Linden Charter Academy Genesee 754 760 6 1%
Oneida Township S/D #3 Eaton 22 28 6 27%
Walkerville Public Schools Oceana 267 274 6 2%
Dove Academy of Detroit Wayne 460 466 6 1%
Au Gres-Sims School District Arenac 392 398 6 2%
Vanderbilt Charter Academy Ottawa 472 478 6 1%
Mid Peninsula School District Delta 183 190 6 4%
Walton Charter Academy Oakland 818 825 7 1%
Ojibwe Charter School Chippewa 114 121 7 6%
Gateway To Success Academy Mason 116 123 7 6%
Sigel Township S/D #3F Huron 17 24 7 43%
Joseph K. Lumsden Bahweting Anishnabe Academy Chippewa 623 630 7 1%
Fortis Academy Washtenaw 679 687 8 1%
Kaleva Norman Dickson School District Manistee 535 543 8 1%
Noor International Academy Macomb 168 176 8 5%
Hudson Area Schools Lenawee 1,174 1,182 8 1%
Livingston Classical Academy Washtenaw 233 241 8 4%
Ionia Township S/D #2 Ionia 7 15 8 120%
Flextech High School Shepherd Isabella 43 51 8 19%
Island City Academy Eaton 200 209 9 4%
Marshall Academy Calhoun 243 252 9 4%
Bad Axe Public Schools Huron 890 901 10 1%
Fairview Area School District Oscoda 300 310 11 4%
Northport Public School District Leelanau 135 146 11 8%
Big Bay De Noc School District Delta 155 166 11 7%
Lake Superior Academy Chippewa 73 84 11 15%
Michigan Mathematics and Science Academy Macomb 895 907 12 1%
Light of the World Academy Livingston 229 241 12 5%
Concord Academy - Boyne Charlevoix 154 166 13 8%
Charlevoix Montessori Academy for the Arts Charlevoix 49 62 13 27%
Whitefish Township Schools Chippewa 50 64 14 27%
Regent Park Scholars Charter Academy Wayne 722 736 14 2%
American Montessori Academy Wayne 466 480 14 3%
Forest Area Community Schools Kalkaska 508 522 15 3%
Universal Academy Wayne 672 687 15 2%
Homer Community School District Calhoun 987 1,002 15 2%
Hillman Community Schools Montmorency 430 444 15 3%
Canton Charter Academy Wayne 729 744 15 2%
Virtual Learning Academy of St. Clair County St. Clair 118 133 15 13%
Jenison Public Schools Ottawa 5,356 5,371 15 0%
Nottawa Community School St. Joseph 137 152 15 11%
Timberland Academy Muskegon 667 683 16 2%
Dryden Community Schools Lapeer 417 433 17 4%
Mesick Consolidated Schools Wexford 595 612 17 3%
The James and Grace Lee Boggs School Wayne 138 155 17 12%
Bellevue Community Schools Eaton 588 605 17 3%
Vestaburg Community Schools Montcalm 824 841 17 2%
Multicultural Academy Washtenaw 150 168 17 12%
Akron-Fairgrove Schools Tuscola 324 342 18 5%
Flat River Academy Montcalm 104 122 18 17%
Francis Street Primary School Jackson 51 69 18 35%
Flagship Charter Academy Wayne 707 725 18 3%
Whiteford Agricultural School District of the Counties of Lenawee and Monroe Monroe 754 773 19 2%
Alternative Educational Academy of Iosco County Iosco 139 158 19 14%
Bear Lake Schools Manistee 289 308 19 7%
North Saginaw Charter Academy Saginaw 557 576 19 3%
Quest Charter Academy Wayne 769 789 20 3%
Suttons Bay Public Schools Leelanau 593 612 20 3%
Macomb Montessori Academy Macomb 231 251 20 9%
Momentum Academy Oakland 216 236 20 9%
Paragon Charter Academy Jackson 633 654 21 3%
White Pine Academy Ingham 66 87 21 31%
Rudyard Area Schools Chippewa 600 621 21 3%
Les Cheneaux Community Schools Mackinac 193 214 21 11%
Grand River Academy Wayne 774 795 21 3%
Peck Community School District Sanilac 327 349 22 7%
Leelanau Montessori Public School Academy Leelanau 61 83 22 36%
Great Oaks Academy Macomb 748 770 22 3%
Creative Montessori Academy Wayne 796 818 22 3%
Triumph Academy Monroe 754 776 22 3%
Lansing Charter Academy Ingham 452 476 24 5%
New Paradigm College Prep Wayne 213 237 24 11%
Mid-Michigan Leadership Academy Ingham 328 352 24 7%
Richmond Community Schools Macomb 1,464 1,488 24 2%
Vanderbilt Area Schools Otsego 76 101 25 33%
Canton Preparatory High School Wayne 391 416 25 6%
Kingsbury Country Day School Oakland 322 347 25 8%
Inkster Preparatory Academy Wayne 184 209 25 14%
Endeavor Charter Academy Calhoun 643 672 29 5%
Reach Charter Academy Macomb 593 623 30 5%
Pansophia Academy Branch 342 372 30 9%
Plymouth Scholars Charter Academy Wayne 774 804 30 4%
Carsonville-Port Sanilac School District Sanilac 353 385 32 9%
Pembroke Academy Wayne 278 310 32 12%
The Woodley Leadership Academy Saginaw 157 189 32 20%
Martin Public Schools Allegan 588 621 33 6%
The New Standard Academy Genesee 675 708 33 5%
Detroit Enterprise Academy Wayne 739 773 34 5%
State Street Academy Bay 143 177 34 24%
Glen Lake Community Schools Leelanau 665 700 35 5%
Warrendale Charter Academy Wayne 746 781 35 5%
Grand River Preparatory High School Kent 598 633 35 6%
Global Tech Academy Washtenaw 183 219 36 19%
Detroit Leadership Academy Wayne 698 734 36 5%
Escuela Avancemos Wayne 311 348 37 12%
Detroit Premier Academy Wayne 715 754 39 5%
Oakside Scholars Charter Academy Oakland 783 825 42 5%
Charlton Heston Academy Roscommon 700 743 43 6%
Paramount Charter Academy Kalamazoo 399 448 49 12%
Arbor Preparatory High School Washtenaw 281 332 51 18%
Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System Muskegon 593 644 51 9%
Frontier International Academy Wayne 759 811 52 7%
Great Lakes Learning Academy Ingham 1,096 1,151 55 5%
Byron Center Public Schools Kent 4,241 4,296 55 1%
North Adams-Jerome Public Schools Hillsdale 294 353 59 20%
Clarkston Community School District Oakland 8,602 8,663 61 1%
Cole Academy Ingham 328 389 61 19%
Flex High School of Michigan Genesee 111 174 63 57%
Universal Learning Academy Wayne 698 764 66 9%
Kingston Community School District Tuscola 582 652 70 12%
Laurus Academy Oakland 733 803 70 10%
Crestwood School District Wayne 4,126 4,201 75 2%
Flint Cultural Center Academy Genesee 373 450 77 21%
South Redford School District Wayne 3,729 3,809 79 2%
Ecorse Public Schools Wayne 1,106 1,188 82 7%
Detroit Achievement Academy Wayne 394 479 85 22%
Bay City Academy Bay 389 477 88 23%
Distinctive College Prep. Wayne 600 690 89 15%
Michigan Connections Academy Ingham 1,597 1,687 90 6%
Metro Charter Academy Wayne 624 716 92 15%
Prevail Academy Macomb 565 664 99 18%
Success Virtual Learning Centers of Michigan Montcalm 1,521 1,633 112 7%
LifeTech Academy Ingham 248 361 113 45%
Star International Academy Wayne 1,629 1,757 128 8%
Michigan Online School Van Buren 462 602 140 30%
Bridge Academy Wayne 869 1,014 145 17%
Washington-Parks Academy Wayne 1,550 1,712 161 10%
Ivywood Classical Academy Wayne 131 296 165 126%
ICademy Global Ottawa 217 411 193 89%
Uplift Michigan Academy Menominee 161 447 286 178%
Michigan Virtual Charter Academy Oakland 2,810 3,100 290 10%
Westfield Charter Academy Wayne 814 1,154 340 42%
Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy Manistee 3,055 3,401 346 11%
Michigan International Prep School Clinton 752 1,257 506 67%
Highpoint Virtual Academy of Michigan Wexford 965 2,071 1,106 115%
Lighthouse Connections Academy Oakland 522 1,896 1,374 263%
Source: Michigan Center for Educational Performance and Information, Michigan Department of Education. Fall 2020 figures are unaudited; Fall 2019 figures were audited. All figures are full-time equivalents. Enrollment equals K-12 enrollment plus special education enrollment as of Fall count date. Koby Levin

A significant part of the decline — roughly 20% — was in kindergarten, suggesting that many parents decided against attempting to help their 5-year-olds learn virtually.

Some parents chose to home-school their children this fall. Others moved their students to private school. Still others may have moved their families to another district or out of the state due to COVID-related job loss or housing instability.

As schools attempt to make contact with students, they are already at the breaking point, said Bob McCann, executive director of the K-12 Alliance for Education, an association of Michigan school districts.

“It requires some level of coordination at a higher level to identify students who moved elsewhere versus students who we don’t know where they are right now,” he said. “It’s not as simple as a school having a list of who’s not here this year.”

As schools prepared to count students in October, State Superintendent Michael Rice sent memos to districts and spoke with superintendents across the state, urging them to find missing students.

But he stopped short of directing the Michigan education department, which he oversees, to use individual student data to ensure that districts were identifying missing students. Every student in Michigan is assigned a unique ID number that state officials can use to track them from school to school, including private and charter schools.

In an interview last month, Rice said that his role was to create a “drumbeat” of encouragement for districts to find missing students. But he said that doing so was ultimately up to them.

The Michigan Department of Education did not return requests for comment.

Enrollments have declined across the country, and many states are grappling with how to find missing students. In Colorado, the state expanded its AmeriCorps program to help districts find missing students. Still, the state faced pushback over concerns that missing students would be reported to legal authorities for truancy.

Michelle Fecteau, a Democrat and a member of the state board of education, said Friday that Michigan didn’t have enough staff to mount a statewide student-finding effort, and that some at the education department were concerned that it would be an “intrusion into the jurisdiction of local school districts.”

In any case, Michigan doesn’t even have the ability to track down all of the missing students, she said, because the state is not allowed to track home-schooling families.

“The state does keep track of who is in private schools, who is in charter schools, who is in traditional schools, but they don’t have any mechanism for tracking home-schoolers,” she said.

Some education leaders, Rice included, have called for the state to revisit a long-running debate about whether home-schooling families should be required to inform school districts when they pull their students out.

“They should have to say, ‘My kid went to a school last year here, in this district or at this private school, and now I’m home-schooling,’ ” said David Hecker, president of the American Federation of Teachers. “That’s your right to do, but you should have to tell the school district so the school district isn’t spinning its wheels trying to find your student.”

Tom McMillin, a Republican member of the state board of education, sharply rejected the idea, echoing the arguments of Michigan home-schoolers who aim to sever as many ties to the state as possible.

“They better not start knocking on doors,” he said. “That’s none of the state’s damn business. It’s the parents’ job” to home-school their children.

A registry of home schoolers would need to be approved by the Republican-controlled state legislature, which has typically shied away from regulating home schools.

Without a registry, though, Fecteau said it would be much more difficult to identify the students who need the most help.

“I’m concerned about kids who may be on the fringes, who may need not only education but food and shelter and day-to-day care, and who are not getting it,” she said. “Sometimes I just feel like nobody cares about these kids. They don’t have a lobby group, they don’t have money to have political influence.”

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