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Report cards are in for local schools

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School is just around the corner and local districts are fighting to get your student inside their classrooms.

With just weeks until students head back to school commercials are catering to families, trying to convince them to enroll in school of choice.

The Michigan Department of Education released their yearly report card for schools across the state.

Schools are rated on a number of factors, including graduation rates, and student performance on state exams.

This year results are color coded. Green is the best score a school can receive and red is at the bottom of the list.

Schools in the top green spot include Lapeer ISD, City School in Grand Blanc, Ashley High School in Gratiot County, and Sigel and Colfax Township schools in Huron County.

Among the districts in the lime or second best ranking are Unionville Sebewaing, Bay County PSA, and the Midland Academy.

The districts that land at the bottom of the list in the red ranking include Saginaw schools, Flint schools, and Bay Arenac ISD.

TV5 visited the Midland Academy. The k-12 charter school received a high lime score.

Chancellor Kathryn Schick credits some of that to smaller class sizes, most include 20 students or less.

"Very important because we're able to know the children individually and we can look to see what they need to do to improve and we almost individualize their curriculum," she said.

Shick said there is always room for improvement.

This information from the state helps her school focus on what to work on this coming school year.

"We will dissect those scores and look to see all the different standards and go into detail to look at what our students are doing well and what our students need to improve," Shick said.

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