Poverty In America & Education


    • What is the "Poverty Line," anyway? According to the 2011 U.S. Census Bureau, it is a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children under 18) that earns less than $23,021.
    • More than 30 million children are growing up in poverty. In one low-income community, there was only one book for every 300 children. You can improve literacy rates by running a competitive book drive for low-income areas.
    • In 2011, nearly 46.2 million Americans were living in poverty.
    • Children living in poverty have a higher number of absenteeism or leave school all together because they are more likely to have to work or care for family members.
    • Dropout rates of 16 to 24-years-old students who come from low income families are seven times more likely to drop out than those from families with higher incomes.
    • A higher percentage of young adults (31%) without a high school diploma live in poverty, compared to the 24% of young people who finished high school.
    • 40% of children living in poverty aren’t prepared for primary schooling.
    • Children that live below the poverty line are 1.3 times more likely to have developmental delays or learning disabilities than those who don’t live in poverty.
    • By the end of the 4th grade, African-American, Hispanic and low-income students are already 2 years behind grade level. By the time they reach the 12th grade they are 4 years behind.
    • In 2013, the dropout rate for students in the nation was at 8% for African American youth, 7% for Hispanic youth, and 4% for Asian youth, which are all higher than the dropout rate for Caucasian youth (4%).
    • Less than 30% of students in the bottom quarter of incomes enroll in a 4 year school. Among that group – less than 50% graduate.

    Taken from (https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-education-and-poverty-america)

Enrollment & Attendance


    Enrollment & Attendance Data at Mason Academy


    chronic absenteeism chart

    enrollment data chart april 2019

    • Looking closely into the attendance data is telling. 70% of our boys and 63% of our girls are chronically absent;
    • 49% of all our 4th through 8th grade students are chronically absent;
    • 68% of all our Kindergarten through 3rd grade students are chronically absent;
    • With a 79% reduction in out of school suspensions from SY18 to SY19 there has only been 6% decrease in the overall percentage of chronically absent students;
    • Enrollment numbers are almost identical to this time last school year.


Cultural Passport Field Trips

  • Cultural Passport Experience for Mason Academy's Students

    Historical museum field trip

    The Cultural Passport allows us to send all grade levels to locations around the City of Detroit for a plethora of experiences. These 3rd graders attended the Detroit Historical Museum and got a chance to get a close look at some Aretha Franklin memorabilia.