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Detroit Attendance Challenge


On Monday, May 14, 2012, musician Big Sean, a Detroit native, served as “Principal for the Day” at Lincoln High School, one of United Way’s “Network of Excellence” schools. As principal, Big Sean visited classrooms, co-taught classes and participated in an assembly of the entire Lincoln student body. Lincoln High School won the Get Schooled Detroit Attendance Challenge after improving its attendance a dramatic 8.56% year-over-year during the competition.


Chevrolet, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Viacom and Get Schooled came together to launch a Metro Detroit Attendance Challenge aimed at improving attendance in 17 high schools in the region.

The challenge encouraged schools to focus on the number one predictor of graduation - attendance. Whether signing up for celebrity wake up calls or recognizing great teachers, students in the challenge earned points for their school both by participating in each activity and by going to school every day, all day. Click on a school to check out their progress or click below to see the challenge activities.


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How do I earn points?
Rank School Points
1 t

Lincoln High School

Warren, MI

2 t

Osborn Academy of Mathematics

Detroit, MI

3 t

East Detroit High School

Eastpointe, MI

4 t

Osborn Upper School of Global Communications and C

Detroit, MI

5 t

Hamtramck High School

Hamtramck, MI

6 t

Ford High School

Detroit, MI

7 t

Madison High School

Madison Heights, MI

8 t

Harper Woods High School

Harper Woods, MI

9 t

Detroit Institute of Technology at Cody

Detroit, MI

10 t

Cody College Preparatory Upper Sch of Teaching And

Detroit, MI

10 t

Medicine and Community Health Academy at Cody

Detroit, MI

10 t

Osborn College Preparatory Academy

Detroit, MI

13 t

River Rouge Middle College High School Academy

River Rouge, MI

14 t

Osborn Evergreen Academy of Design and Alternative

Detroit, MI

15 t

Central Collegiate Academy

Detroit, MI

16 t

Cody Academy of Public Leadership

Detroit, MI

17 t

Academy of Critical Thinkers at Cody

Detroit, MI