Michigan’s Safest School Districts

Want to know where your child's district ranked on the list? Take a look at results for Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties from Niche's data analysis.

School shootings are top of mind for parents, students and teachers these days. They no longer just need to be prepared for inclement weather (remember those tornado drills?). Today’s kids and educators must to be ready to go into lockdown in the event of an active school shooting. And it’s a cause for major concern.

While no one can predict a school shooting, there is some data that can provide insight into a school district’s overall safety.

Niche, a popular schools-and-neighborhoods data website, attempted to provide such a gauge. The site took a closer look at stats from the U.S. Department of Education, along with information regarding student absenteeism, in-school suspensions, out-of-school suspensions, expulsions, law enforcement referrals and school-related arrests. Each school’s data was weighed.

A disclaimer worth nothing: Even when all this data is considered, that doesn’t mean a school with higher rates of these issues will inevitably – or is even more likely to – experience a gun violence situation. It can, however, be a partial indicator of overall school safety, which was Niche’s goal in assembling its list.

The verdict? In Michigan, 337 school districts ranked among the safest public school districts. (For reference, at the time this study came out, there were about 895 total traditional public school districts in the state and about 294 charter schools, which are also considered public schools.)

A swath of these safe schools are in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties, including the metro Detroit and greater Ann Arbor regions. It’s also worth noting that other districts – including local ones that don’t appear on our consolidated list here – might also have strong safety suits. They simply did not appear within the “top 337” assembled by Niche. To see how your specific district fared, visit Niche’s Safest School Districts in Michigan database and search for your city, town or village.

Scroll down to see which districts and charters made the cut in 2018. Click on the school name to learn more about the district’s specific data from Niche.

Macomb County

Oakland County

Washtenaw County

Wayne County