Ben DeGrow, director of education policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, recently visited Northridge Academy in Flint, MI.
The school serves an extraordinary population of students. The school serves a disproportionate number of students from situations of abuse, neglect and poverty. Most have been impacted by the water crisis in Flint; the number of students with special needs at the school has doubled. At the same time, Northridge has earned Reward School status from the Michigan Department of Education; NWEA test data shows that on the 14 total tests, "Northridge students hit the targeted goal of being in the top half nationally for making progress from fall to spring. More impressively, they reached the 90th percentile or above on eight of the 14 tests." (DeGrow)
Step into Northridge Academy with DeGrow, and see how Northridge Academy is beating the odds.