Best Public Schools in Zip Code 49506


The 10 schools in the 49506 zip code area serve students from elementary through high school, with 6 elementary schools, 1 middle school, and 3 high schools. These schools are part of two distinct districts - East Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Rapids Public Schools. The standout schools in this area are those from the East Grand Rapids district, which consistently rank among the top in the state. East Grand Rapids High School is ranked 6th out of 735 Michigan high schools, and the district's middle and elementary schools also have exceptional 5-star ratings and rankings.

In contrast, the schools from the Grand Rapids Public Schools district, such as Ottawa Hills High School, perform significantly worse, ranking near the bottom of the state. These schools have much lower graduation rates, higher dropout rates, and alarmingly high chronic absenteeism compared to their East Grand Rapids counterparts. The demographic differences between the two districts, with East Grand Rapids having a higher percentage of white and Asian students and lower poverty rates, likely contribute to this stark performance gap.

Despite the Grand Rapids schools spending more per student, their outcomes are significantly poorer, suggesting that factors beyond just funding, such as school culture, teacher quality, and family/community engagement, are critical drivers of student success. The data highlights the significant educational inequities that exist, even within the same geographic area, and addressing these disparities should be a top priority for policymakers and education leaders.

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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Michigan Department of Education.

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