An article in today’s Go Local Worcester identifies Southbridge Middle/High School as the third worst in Central Massachusetts for discipline problems.
Last school year, more than 50,000 students across the state of Massachusetts were suspended or expelled.
In Worcester, just over 2,600 students (nearly 1 in 20) faced suspension. Worcester had the third highest total of disciplined students behind Springfield (3,656) and Boston (3,378).
Across Massachusetts, students are not typically permanently expelled. In Worcester, students are not expelled at all and are instead transferred to another school.
When they are suspended and transferred into another school, the suspension still counts as an out-of-school suspension for state data.
Southbridge Middle/High School, with a reported enrollment of 1,137 students had a total of 278 students disciplined. Of these 13.6% had an in-school suspension while 19.6% had an out-of-school suspension.