Alma High School has a 9th-12th grade student population of about 720 in a primarily rural setting in Michigan's middle-of-the-mitten. We are considered a low-economic area with more than 40% of the students qualifying for free or reduced lunches. Some light industry remains, but what was the national center of mobile home production is completely gone as well as the linking industries. Student enrollment has dropped by nearly half over the last 20 years. In 1990, 9% of the 0-17 year-olds were Latino, most of whom were poor academic achievers. While our community has a prominent small college and a large professional group that promotes high standards, their children provide a great contrast to many who are isolated in poverty sever enough to affect opportunities to learn.
Everett, Warren, "Action Research in the Service of Learning" (1995). Special Topics, General. 75.