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Gull Lake Community Schools diversity statics compared to U.S. average

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With Martin Luther King Jr. day on January 21 and Black History Month rapidly approaching where does public schools in Michigan stand as far as integration?

Wallethub, a finance and statistics website, did a study to see how integrated each state truly is. They do this by using a twenty-two indicator system to measure equality and integration in each state and the District of Columbia. These indicators include voter turnout, standardized test scores, and annual income.

At a sad score of 50.20, Michigan ranks 46th for racial integration with Illinois in front, and Minnesota behind us. The Midwest in general scored poorly with the highest Midwest state being Missouri at a 34.

The highest scoring category that Michigan achieved was number 38 in Civil and Social Engagement, which is scored by paroles, number of veterans, the voter turnout, and the number of single-parent households.

However Michigan did better in the education category, ranking at 9. This measures the number of dropout rates, high school diplomas, college degrees, and standardized-test scores. But Michigan also has the third largest gap between the unemployment rates of whites and blacks and also has one of the smallest changes in unemployment rates.

You can view  the entire study here.

So how does the Gull Lake School District fair? Here are the statics from Niche.

With 991 students, Gull Lake High School has a diversity rate of 13 percent compared to the Michigan average of 32 percent according to the Public School Review; 51 percent of these students are female and the remaining 49 percent male. The majority of students or the remaining 86.7 percent, are white. 

Martin Luther King Jr. giving his famous “I Have a Dream” Speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963. Photo taken from the National Park Service.

Gull Lake High School

  • 991 Students
  • 51% Female
  • 49% Male
  • 86.7% White
  • 5.2% Multiracial
  • 3.8% African american
  • 2.4% Hispanic
  • 1.6% Asian
  • 0.2% Native American

The diversity score of Gull Lake High School is 0.24, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.28. The school’s diversity has stayed relatively flat over the last five school years.

Richland Elementary School –  

  • 411 students
  • 51% female
  • 49% male
  • 83.2% white
  • 7.1% multiracial
  • 3.9% Hispanic
  • 3.4% African American
  • 2.2% Asian
  • 0.2% Native American
Gull Lake Middle School

  • 698 students
  • 46% female
  • 54% male
  • 84.4% White
  • 5.9% Multiracial
  • 4.3% Hispanic
  • 4% African American
  • 1.1% Asian
  • 0.3% Native American
Thomas M. Ryan Intermediate School

  • 593 students
  • 49% female
  • 51% male
  • 86.5% white
  • 4.6% multiracial
  • 4.4% Hispanic
  • 3% African American
  • 1.5% Asian
Gull Lake Gateway Academy  –

  • 28 students
  • 46% female
  • 54% male
  • 64.3% white
  • 17.9% Multiracial
  • 10.7% African American
  • 7.1% Hispanic

“We obviously don’t have a lot of diversity here,” senior Javonna Moore said. “Being a minority is hard at times because you feel like you don’t belong sometimes.”

Moore said that friends help “take her mind off of all that.” 

“But friends really help take your mind off of that, and a lot of people here  are amazing and really cool,” Moore said. “I’m just fortunate enough to have friends that are accepting and kind.”

But now knowing these statics, how does Gull Lake compare to neighboring schools?

Lakeview High School

  • 1,431 students
  • 51% female
  • 49% male
  • 79% white
  • 12.8% African american
  • 5% multiracial
  • 2.2% Hispanic
  • 0.8% Asian
  • 0.1% Native American
  • 0.1% Pacific Islander

Minority enrollment is 4 percent of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the Michigan state average of 32 percent.

These percentages greatly differ from that of Kalamazoo Central High School, which is the most diverse high school in Kalamazoo County according to Niche.

Kalamazoo Central High School

  • 1,647 Students
  • 49% Female
  • 51% Male
  • 49.8% African American
  • 32.1% White
  • 9.1% Hispanic
  • 6.1% Multiracial
  • 2.6% Asian
  • 0.2% Native American
  • 0.1% Pacific Islander

The minority enrollment at Kalamazoo Central is a whopping 67 percent which is over double the state average.

Lainie Scott

This is my senior year at Gull Lake High school, and my second year apart of The Reflection staff.  This year I am the feature/entertainment editor, and I am looking forward to see where my writing can take me.


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