The Need

The Demography

1174644_197685893740211_1186779416_nAccording to recent census data, 34,120 people live in the area bound by w,e,n,s.,  38114.

Economic:

  • The average household size is 2.67.
  • The median income is $21.698, but 34.9% of families earn $15,000 or less.
  • 27.5% of the families live below poverty.
  • 31.3% of individuals live in poverty.
  • Almost 40% of households led by females are living in poverty.
  • Close to 40% of those 25 years and older lack a high school diploma or its equivalent.

 

Education:

  • 3 Schools, Melrose High, Hanley/Aspire, & Dunbar Elementary Schools serve the targeted area.
  • All 3 schools struggle to meet the basic education requirements and are in the Achievement School District.
  • Hanley has been acquired by a charter school management organization.
  • At Hanley 95% of the student body is considered economically disadvantaged.
  • At Hanley, 1 in 5 students score below proficiency in math, 1 in 4 below in reading/language.
  • The school received a failing grade in all areas of the TCAP.
  • On the School Improvement 2 List, 95% Dunbar’ students are considered economically disadvantaged.
  • 18% of students score below proficient in math, while 31% score below in reading/language.
  • The school received a failing grade in all areas of the TCAP.
  • 9 out of 10 students at Melrose are considered economically disadvantaged.
  • 39.5% of seniors at Melrose fail to graduate.
  • Nearly 1 in 5 students drop out of Melrose before graduating.
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