If you're looking to make sure to provide your kids with a quality education, there are a handful of Michigan towns where you wouldn't want them going to school.

The school ratings website Niche has revealed 22 towns in Michigan where public schools receive a "D" rating. Spoiler alert: the website doesn't give F's, so read into that what you will.

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How Does Niche Rate Schools?

Niche looks at a wide variety of criteria before assigning letter grades to individual school systems. Academic offerings such as gifted/talented programs or advanced placement (AP) classes are considered, along with student-teacher ratios. School systems are rated on their academic performance, the quality of their educators, how diverse they are as a district, and the quality of their athletic programs.

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Where Are the Lowest-Rated School Districts in Michigan?

The 22 Michigan towns whose schools are rated either D+, D, or D- by Niche are spread throughout the state geographically. Some are concentrated around the state's more urban areas, such as Detroit. There are a couple in Michigan's thumb region, several in northern Lower Michigan, and a pair in the Upper Peninsula. There are also several poorly rated school districts clustered together in southwestern Michigan. Still a couple more are located in rural locations in the state's southernmost tier of counties.

SEE ALSO: These 10 Elementary Schools Have the Highest Rated Teachers in Michigan

The racial makeups of the poorly performing school districts are varied. However, the worst districts do tend to be in areas with lower-than-average income.

Take a look and see if your town's schools are among the 22 worst in Michigan.

The 22 Towns With the Lowest-Rated Schools in Michigan

In no particular order, these 22 Michigan towns have the lowest-rated public schools in the state, according to Niche.

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