With numerous yearly school closings, widespread household financial difficulties and inconsistent transportation options, students in Detroit Public Schools can often find themselves attending schools that are far from where they live. This hardship has been cited as a major problem for students in the DPS system. Data Driven Detroit obtained student location information from the Detroit Public School System through the Black Family Foundation and the Skillman Foundation with an aim of looking at the extent of the problem. The following are two series of maps of similar themes showing the data from two different perspectives. The first series shows where students who live in certain neighborhoods go to school. The second series shows where students who attend certain schools live.
Maps showing student dispersion for several Detroit schools and neighborhoods are now available on D3’s website.