K-12 Schools

Shiawassee County has eight public school districts and several private schools which compare favorably in several key categories with the State of Michigan’s average, including Merit Scholars, MEAP scores, ACT scores, SAT scores and AP Test scores.

The schools’ efforts have resulted in numerous awards, including The Governor’s Cup, The Golden Apple, Money Magazine’s Top 100 Values in Education, the Lighthouse Award and the Navigator Award.

  • Shiawassee County, standing at the forefront of technological innovation, was the first county in the State of Michigan to bring broadband Internet access to all school districts.
  • Currently, every building and classroom throughout the county has such access.
  • Technology is utilized for many programs, including instruction utilizing Palm Pilots, coordinated student progress monitoring, distance learning and multimedia production and presentation.
Business/Education Partnerships
  • Shiawassee County supports the engagement of partnerships between education and local industry. School districts encourage teachers to meet with business leaders to better understand their worker education needs.
  • There is also a substantial vocational training effort, with programs in such areas as high technology, medicine, agriculture, construction, public relations and cosmetology. Tools utilized to enhance these efforts include Junior Achievement, mock interviews and mentoring.
Early Childhood
  • Shiawassee County is a state leader in providing early childhood programs, including Shiawassee ABC, Even Start, Early On, Early Childhood Special Education Services (Infant-Toddler Program), Early Childhood Special Education Program (formerly Preprimary Impaired).
K-12 Statistics

Public Schools* & Secondary Institutions (2009)
Total number of public schools 31
Expenditure per pupil by county $4,789
Elementary Schools 16
Middle Schools 7
High Schools 8
High school (9-12) enrollment – Total 4,494
High school graduation rates by district Composite ACT scores by district
Byron 92.8% Byron 18.7
Corunna 89.5% Corunna 19.2
Durand 77.9% Durand 18.9
Laingsburg 92.6% Laingsburg 19.7
Morrice 90.0% Morrice 18.6
New Lothrop 95.5% New Lothrop 21.0
Owosso 93.4% Owosso 19.2
Perry 97.5% Perry 19.6

Source: State of Michigan
*Only schools providing general instruction included

Public School District Total Enrollment Private Schools Enrollment
Byron 1342 Laingsburg Christian 82
Corunna 2395 Owosso Christian 39
Durand 2054 St. Paul School 154
Laingsburg 1321 Salem Lutheran 90
Morrice 600 Seventh Day Adventist 25
New Lothrop 827 Spring Vale Academy 45
Owosso 4058    
Perry 1543

Source: Shiawassee Regional Education Service District

Regional Comparison Shiawassee County State of Michigan
  2007 2007
How Students Performed on State Reading Test    
  Grade 4 Reading Proficiency (%) 63 84
  Grade 7 Reading Proficiency (%) 64 72
  High School Reading Proficiency (%) 79.2 68
How Students Performed on State Math Test    
  Grade 4 Math Proficiency (%) 81 86
  Grade 7 Math Proficiency (%) 73 73
  High School Math Proficiency (%) 49 53.5
How Students Performed on State Science Test    
  Grade 4 Science Proficiency (%) 85 82
  Grade 7 Science Proficiency (%) 75 79
  High School Science Proficiency (%) 68 59.8
How Students Performed on State Writing Test    
  Grade 4 Writing Proficiency (%) 53.3 44
  Grade 7 Writing Proficiency (%) 49 77
  High School Writing Proficiency (%) 62.7 55.9
How Students Performed on State English Language Arts Test    
  Grade 4 ELA Proficiency (%) 69.5 76
  Grade 7 ELA Proficiency (%) 59.8 74
  High School ELA Proficiency (%) 71.1 69.9

Source: Standard and Poor’s School Evaluation Service