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Searchable Database: Academic State Champs

Fifty-four Michigan public school districts and charters were named 2013 Academic State Champions. Winners represented the top 10 percent of districts and charters in a database created by Bridge Magazine and Public Sector Consultants that used test scores and socioeconomic status to determine which schools are exceeding expectations.

How to read the chart: An Academic Champs score of 100 indicates a school’s students are achieving at expected levels for their income level; the higher the score, the better a school’s students are performing on standardized tests.

To find your school district, start typing the name in the box below.

District or charter State Rank Type  Students  Free/Reduced Lunch Academic Champs Score 11th Grade Rank 8th Grade Rank 4th Grade Rank
Star International Academy 1 Public charter  1,530  87.0 118.98 1 1 24
Central Academy 2 Public charter  547  83.6 114.87 32 4 11
Crawford AuSable Schools 3 Public  1,639  62.7 114.84 7 12 21
Riverside Academy 4 Public charter  1,090  97.3 114.65 73 2 5
Godwin Heights Public Schools 5 Public  2,213  86.5 113.94 161 32 1
Okemos Public Schools 6 Public  3,938  18.6 113.72 5 15 43
Bloomfield Hills Schools 7 Public  5,465  10.0 113.17 2 14 129
Ann Arbor Public Schools 8 Public  16,635  25.2 112.59 14 17 41
Public Schools of Calumet 9 Public  1,466  62.2 112.33 8 28 51
Benzie County Central Schools 10 Public  1,622  62.5 111.05 38 41 16
Frankfort-Elberta Area Schools 11 Public  536  53.2 111.02 66 59 3
International Academy of Flint 12 Public charter  1,114  88.3 111 26 23 50
Kingsley Area Schools 13 Public  1,419  50.9 110.68 43 63 12
Dearborn City School District 14 Public  19,055  67.0 110.53 45 31 27
Troy School District 15 Public  12,367  13.4 110.38 74 27 29
Fairview Area School District 16 Public  315  71.1 110.35 37 6 140
Leland Public School District 17 Public  410  37.1 110.13 16 5 319
Madison School District (Lenawee) 18 Public  1,591  63.2 109.82 48 11 105
West Ottawa Public School District 19 Public  7,365  55.0 109.82 39 91 19
Haslett Public Schools 20 Public  2,713  22.3 109.62 81 21 52
Baldwin Community Schools 21 Public  553  94.0 109.6 61 71 22
Houghton Lake Community Schools 22 Public  1,525  73.1 109.53 18 178 25
Cass City Public Schools 23 Public  1,070  57.7 109.5 10 101 63
Johannesburg-Lewiston Area Schools 24 Public  755  55.8 109.49 118 10 69
Forest Hills Public Schools 25 Public  10,145  10.6 109.33 51 20 93
Grand Haven Area Public Schools 26 Public  6,046  35.9 109.33 47 57 37
Chassell Township School District 27 Public  270  48.2 109.12 17 54 110
Crestwood School District 28 Public  3,463  65.6 109.12 83 87 15
East Grand Rapids Public Schools 29 Public  2,997  5.5 109.1 35 52 72
South Lyon Community Schools 30 Public  7,340  21.1 109.03 110 19 65
Burr Oak Community School District 31 Public  289  77.2 109.01 367 7 14
Albion Public Schools 32 Public  734  100.0 108.94 11 378 4
Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Area Schools 33 Public  308  60.7 108.82 21 40 135
Rochester Community School District 34 Public  14,952  14.9 108.77 92 29 55
Davison Community Schools 35 Public  5,601  39.9 108.74 49 93 32
Spring Lake Public Schools 36 Public  2,453  19.3 108.74 76 188 6
Gaylord Community Schools 37 Public  3,156  48.5 108.61 67 13 190
Countryside Academy 38 Public charter  575  83.8 108.57 6 295 40
Cadillac Area Public Schools 39 Public  3,061  59.1 108.52 33 155 33
Gwinn Area Community Schools 40 Public  1,196  65.6 108.51 12 181 61
Covert Public Schools 41 Public  485  95.3 108.47 102 9 162
Bloomingdale Public School District 42 Public  1,193  81.2 108.46 4 257 62
Kentwood Public Schools 43 Public  8,673  61.6 108.22 164 61 20
Ellsworth Community School 44 Public  226  64.6 108.14 34 170 35
Manton Consolidated Schools 45 Public  919  63.7 108.07 284 24 26
Onaway Area Community School District 46 Public  675  65.3 107.88 320 99 2
Midland Public Schools 47 Public  8,017  27.4 107.81 13 97 179
Berrien Springs Public Schools 48 Public  2,247  59.1 107.7 321 34 13
Saline Area Schools 49 Public  5,249  9.3 107.68 30 45 201
East Lansing School District 50 Public  3,503  32.1 107.65 40 85 86
Novi Community School District 51 Public  6,303  8.8 107.63 62 96 58
West Iron County Public Schools 52 Public  900  58.8 107.42 25 74 169
Lakeshore School District (Berrien) 53 Public  2,869  28.3 107.4 87 62 81
Croswell-Lexington Community Schools 54 Public  2,275  51.7 107.4 64 298 9
Public Schools of Petoskey 55 Public  2,921  35.0 107.3 97 92 49
Birmingham Public Schools 56 Public  8,310  8.1 107.28 69 50 130
Jenison Public Schools 57 Public  4,760  27.3 107.16 149 36 78
Elk Rapids Schools 58 Public  1,418  36.1 107.08 91 137 38
Watervliet School District 59 Public  1,355  61.6 107 82 46 146
Excel Charter Academy 60 Public charter  1,368  43.5 106.94 20 171 109
Cesar Chavez Academy 61 Public charter  2,192  92.6 106.8 29 148 113
White Cloud Public Schools 62 Public  1,069  69.7 106.72 78 112 76
Hudsonville Public School District 63 Public  6,186  20.5 106.7 172 67 48
Saugatuck Public Schools 64 Public  861  33.7 106.69 112 55 100
Houghton-Portage Township School District 65 Public  1,386  30.0 106.66 19 88 250
Au Gres-Sims School District 66 Public  383  68.9 106.65 85 215 31
Alba Public Schools 67 Public  182  76.9 106.63 28 109 177
West MI Academy of Environmental Science 68 Public charter  599  70.3 106.58 46 228 44
White Pigeon Community Schools 69 Public  792  70.3 106.52 106 18 271
Oakland International Academy 70 Public charter  693  96.1 106.48 171 44 87
Edwardsburg Public Schools 71 Public  2,728  39.1 106.45 227 43 57
Cheboygan Area Schools 72 Public  1,904  64.5 106.38 269 42 42
Alanson Public Schools 73 Public  293  65.5 106.32 240 3 333
St. Joseph Public Schools 74 Public  2,819  22.8 106.23 59 115 118
North Muskegon Public Schools 75 Public  996  23.3 106.15 101 90 101
Chippewa Hills School District 76 Public  2,181  64.9 106.11 58 331 28
Dowagiac Union School District 77 Public  2,301  69.8 106.07 89 94 114
Brown City Community Schools 78 Public  927  58.1 106.04 245 8 227
Northville Public Schools 79 Public  7,232  6.5 106.04 52 132 119
Byron Center Public Schools 80 Public  3,581  28.9 105.9 217 182 18
Lake Orion Community Schools 81 Public  7,576  19.2 105.63 148 66 117
Grosse Pointe Public Schools 82 Public  8,257  14.6 105.62 95 167 83
Boyne City Public Schools 83 Public  1,350  52.4 105.61 135 139 59
Deckerville Community School District 84 Public  587  57.6 105.61 371 124 8
Kingston Community School District 85 Public  637  67.4 105.6 23 126 266
Universal Academy 86 Public charter  606  90.8 105.57 70 65 243
Bad Axe Public Schools 87 Public  1,122  43.5 105.48 165 33 196
Mancelona Public Schools 88 Public  981  71.9 105.26 146 121 84
Mattawan Consolidated School 89 Public  3,796  15.2 105.25 57 169 152
Roscommon Area Public Schools 90 Public  1,174  63.7 105.18 152 69 160
West Branch-Rose City Area Schools 91 Public  2,182  62.0 105.11 55 184 151
Harbor Beach Community Schools 92 Public  509  47.3 105.07 286 22 182
Mona Shores Public School District 93 Public  3,790  42.0 105.07 116 35 282
Stephenson Area Public Schools 94 Public  617  52.7 105.02 467 84 7
Lawton Community School District 95 Public  996  58.4 104.96 72 82 270
St. Louis Public Schools 96 Public  1,139  57.8 104.89 213 58 139
Bessemer Area School District 97 Public  440  47.7 104.82 60 138 218
Sturgis Public Schools 98 Public  3,286  62.8 104.82 115 47 291
Niles Community Schools 99 Public  3,810  59.6 104.72 151 75 194
Ludington Area School District 100 Public  2,223  49.4 104.72 137 154 96
Grand Blanc Community Schools 101 Public  8,736  28.3 104.69 100 207 103
Les Cheneaux Community Schools 102 Public  284  41.9 104.69 243 307 10
Adams Township School District 103 Public  451  57.4 104.62 15 56 485
Bangor Public Schools (Van Buren) 104 Public  1,256  76.3 104.51 50 217 187
Owendale-Gagetown Area School District 105 Public  192  69.8 104.49 80 39 392
Three Rivers Community Schools 106 Public  2,719  56.8 104.48 193 106 99
Marion Public Schools 107 Public  547  71.3 104.43 248 195 34
Gladwin Community Schools 108 Public  1,810  61.0 104.32 133 141 147
Columbia School District 109 Public  1,459  42.6 104.26 228 142 77
Charlevoix Public Schools 110 Public  1,043  37.8 104.23 88 201 168
Marysville Public Schools 111 Public  2,696  29.2 104.23 141 165 125
Brimley Area Schools 112 Public  499  50.3 104.22 68 357 68
Glen Lake Community Schools 113 Public  777  28.1 104.22 341 199 23
Black River Public School 114 Public charter  849  19.1 104.22 129 49 322
Hastings Area School District 115 Public  2,812  48.9 104.21 196 177 74
Portage Public Schools 116 Public  8,746  25.1 104.21 154 89 207
Sault Ste. Marie Area Schools 117 Public  2,451  42.9 104.16 329 37 137
Grandville Public Schools 118 Public  5,631  30.6 104.11 157 194 97
Eau Claire Public Schools 119 Public  875  79.4 104.09 177 218 73
Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools 120 Public  4,361  74.1 103.97 230 225 45
Kelloggsville Public Schools 121 Public  2,232  73.6 103.96 140 197 115
Yale Public Schools 122 Public  2,076  39.5 103.96 239 117 94
Buchanan Community Schools 123 Public  1,602  50.9 103.94 123 119 217
Oscoda Area Schools 124 Public  1,288  74.2 103.94 176 60 258
Crossroads Charter Academy 125 Public charter  705  58.2 103.94 22 64 477
Holland City School District 126 Public  4,039  65.2 103.94 42 252 212
Hamilton Community Schools 127 Public  2,630  26.8 103.93 181 136 131
Big Rapids Public Schools 128 Public  1,913  55.0 103.93 107 301 71
Fennville Public Schools 129 Public  1,436  74.6 103.91 191 223 64
Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port Laker Schools 130 Public  891  47.3 103.87 209 192 75
Sandusky Community School District 131 Public  1,016  52.4 103.82 79 220 199
Hartford Public Schools 132 Public  1,388  78.0 103.82 117 76 315
Homer Community School District 133 Public  1,063  58.3 103.81 114 81 308
Concord Academy – Petoskey 134 Public charter  248  37.5 103.78 36 127 403
Pellston Public Schools 135 Public  631  64.0 103.74 111 265 95
Rudyard Area Schools 136 Public  765  64.1 103.71 27 144 415
Fremont Public School District 137 Public  2,229  49.5 103.7 291 68 150
Chesaning Union Schools 138 Public  1,620  50.1 103.7 302 146 67
Plymouth-Canton Community Schools 139 Public  17,998  16.9 103.68 130 105 246
Marcellus Community Schools 140 Public  729  57.6 103.63 202 299 36
Godfrey-Lee Public Schools 141 Public  1,776  86.9 103.6 169 185 133
Northview Public Schools 142 Public  3,444  39.9 103.51 244 161 90
Kent City Community Schools 143 Public  1,271  56.9 103.46 270 73 181
Bronson Community School District 144 Public  1,061  57.8 103.44 212 248 60
Mason County Central Schools 145 Public  1,420  64.0 103.43 138 83 307
Newaygo Public School District 146 Public  1,758  66.7 103.36 65 302 173
Mason County Eastern Schools 147 Public  472  73.3 103.33 75 48 464
Caledonia Community Schools 148 Public  4,325  18.0 103.29 190 143 171
Carney-Nadeau Public Schools 149 Public  231  60.2 103.24 113 200 214
Ubly Community Schools 150 Public  793  48.1 103.23 182 269 80
Cedar Springs Public Schools 151 Public  3,371  48.1 103.23 201 304 46
Norway-Vulcan Area Schools 152 Public  732  44.1 103.22 300 26 340
Western School District 153 Public  2,945  42.9 103.22 275 245 47
Lake City Area School District 154 Public  1,159  67.9 103.22 41 259 268
Mesick Consolidated Schools 155 Public  658  67.2 103.22 178 391 30
Walled Lake Consolidated Schools 156 Public  15,077  26.9 103.18 274 123 120
Kalamazoo Public Schools 157 Public  12,538  72.3 103.17 56 266 235
Montague Area Public Schools 158 Public  1,490  53.3 103.16 234 145 143
Forest Area Community Schools 159 Public  611  73.3 103.09 93 368 92
Whittemore-Prescott Area Schools 160 Public  969  83.9 103.08 170 80 311
Traverse City Area Public Schools 161 Public  9,775  39.0 103.07 84 135 354
Clarkston Community School District 162 Public  7,921  20.4 103.07 296 107 136
Alma Public Schools 163 Public  2,227  53.2 103.05 222 104 202
Hopkins Public Schools 164 Public  1,667  39.4 103.04 142 236 159
New Buffalo Area Schools 165 Public  660  40.9 103.03 125 51 424
Wayland Union Schools 166 Public  2,822  48.3 103.01 339 234 39
Tawas Area Schools 167 Public  1,278  51.7 103.01 194 308 56
Ironwood Area Schools of Gogebic County 168 Public  894  59.4 102.94 197 208 134
Harbor Springs School District 169 Public  872  30.4 102.91 86 219 269
Dearborn Heights School District #7 170 Public  2,813  68.6 102.88 174 157 220
Lawrence Public Schools 171 Public  676  63.0 102.84 44 209 372
South Haven Public Schools 172 Public  2,149  62.0 102.82 31 198 431
Springport Public Schools 173 Public  1,041  59.8 102.81 147 180 230
West Bloomfield School District 174 Public  6,215  23.6 102.8 221 210 126
Mio-AuSable Schools 175 Public  637  66.6 102.8 77 140 386
Hale Area Schools 176 Public  470  79.2 102.77 343 110 112
Lakewood Public Schools 177 Public  2,036  46.0 102.73 153 335 88
Grand Rapids Public Schools 178 Public  16,498  82.6 102.69 63 297 241
Vicksburg Community Schools 179 Public  2,638  31.5 102.66 249 86 242
Hesperia Community Schools 180 Public  1,128  66.0 102.62 162 38 438
Coopersville Area Public School District 181 Public  2,477  34.0 102.62 207 120 232
Ovid-Elsie Area Schools 182 Public  1,733  41.3 102.56 375 173 70
Caseville Public Schools 183 Public  261  67.4 102.55 9 374 402
Vassar Public Schools 184 Public  1,356  64.4 102.54 224 129 215
Livonia Public Schools School District 185 Public  15,032  28.0 102.54 262 152 161
East Jordan Public Schools 186 Public  990  58.3 102.53 188 235 145
Lowell Area Schools 187 Public  3,797  31.0 102.43 126 332 132
Alpena Public Schools 188 Public  4,002  51.6 102.38 90 221 320
Huron Valley Schools 189 Public  9,823  29.1 102.34 311 78 233
Manistee Area Public Schools 190 Public  1,675  51.0 102.29 208 175 205
St. Ignace Area Schools 191 Public  626  51.4 102.28 336 72 224
Dexter Community School District 192 Public  3,566  9.9 102.23 108 147 376
Saginaw, School District of the City of 193 Public  7,575  81.5 102.22 104 116 411
Hillsdale Community Schools 194 Public  1,413  61.9 102.21 143 150 332
Farmington Public School District 195 Public  11,069  23.0 102.21 264 100 249
Center Line Public Schools 196 Public  2,713  67.2 102.12 258 118 226
Marshall Public Schools 197 Public  2,258  30.2 102.09 238 292 89
Chelsea School District 198 Public  2,495  11.9 102.09 120 174 350
Plainwell Community Schools 199 Public  2,722  38.8 102.04 155 283 188
Montrose Community Schools 200 Public  1,375  60.0 102.03 185 256 172
Quincy Community Schools 201 Public  1,193  51.0 102 167 274 185
Pentwater Public School District 202 Public  285  55.8 102 158 293 175
East China School District 203 Public  4,475  31.7 101.95 229 278 108
Grand Traverse Academy 204 Public charter  1,185  28.4 101.89 103 111 441
Alcona Community Schools 205 Public  778  58.9 101.85 184 288 155
Arenac Eastern School District 206 Public  234  77.8 101.72 109 179 388
Howell Public Schools 207 Public  7,883  28.0 101.72 325 213 124
University Preparatory Academy (PSAD) 208 Public charter  1,704  81.8 101.7 479 30 197
School District of the City of Royal Oak 209 Public  5,079  23.5 101.65 266 163 223
Fenton Area Public Schools 210 Public  3,488  31.5 101.62 206 306 127
Clintondale Community Schools 211 Public  3,351  76.7 101.55 432 349 17
Thornapple Kellogg School District 212 Public  3,065  36.0 101.54 299 206 176
North Huron School District 213 Public  464  61.6 101.54 121 339 206
Pinconning Area Schools 214 Public  1,414  54.4 101.52 195 352 106
Da Vinci Institute 215 Public charter  263  71.9 101.51 370 202 107
Athens Area Schools 216 Public  584  51.2 101.46 335 16 476
Rockford Public Schools 217 Public  7,913  19.0 101.46 187 237 240
North Central Area Schools 218 Public  466  53.7 101.46 505 95 66
Berkley School District 219 Public  4,617  26.8 101.42 403 158 111
Hancock Public Schools 220 Public  826  43.6 101.41 119 240 343
Escanaba Area Public Schools 221 Public  2,507  48.7 101.4 173 303 198
Carsonville-Port Sanilac School District 222 Public  562  62.3 101.33 94 466 138
Clio Area School District 223 Public  3,498  53.9 101.29 499 130 54
Fitzgerald Public Schools 224 Public  2,871  83.8 101.26 210 253 216
McBain Rural Agricultural Schools 225 Public  1,067  46.4 101.23 247 263 164
Greenville Public Schools 226 Public  3,811  53.4 101.19 99 360 255
Jackson Public Schools 227 Public  5,978  69.9 101.17 145 322 228
Wyoming Public Schools 228 Public  4,555  72.4 101.15 168 268 263
L’Anse Creuse Public Schools 229 Public  11,526  36.6 101.11 457 122 121
Essexville-Hampton Public Schools 230 Public  1,787  33.6 101.06 192 214 303
Bridgman Public Schools 231 Public  989  40.7 101.05 179 342 191
Mt. Pleasant City School District 232 Public  3,463  41.5 101.05 180 190 357
Breitung Township School District 233 Public  1,672  40.4 101.02 242 156 326
Adrian, School District of the City of 234 Public  3,124  55.2 101.01 134 362 208
Suttons Bay Public Schools 235 Public  733  54.6 100.98 252 98 378
Kenowa Hills Public Schools 236 Public  3,301  48.5 100.96 285 275 154
Olivet Community Schools 237 Public  1,561  42.2 100.95 144 323 248
Gull Lake Community Schools 238 Public  2,941  20.7 100.92 166 168 404
Marlette Community Schools 239 Public  991  55.3 100.87 204 189 341
Kaleva Norman Dickson School District 240 Public  581  74.5 100.86 226 316 174
Frankenmuth School District 241 Public  1,214  14.1 100.85 53 419 301
Comstock Public Schools 242 Public  1,955  73.9 100.83 24 459 355
Brighton Area Schools 243 Public  6,031  12.6 100.82 189 370 156
Hamtramck, School District of the City of 244 Public  2,897  84.1 100.82 225 125 389
Algonac Community School District 245 Public  1,878  44.5 100.81 397 53 345
Ishpeming Public School District No. 1 246 Public  830  46.8 100.8 241 133 368
Beaverton Rural Schools 247 Public  1,326  64.7 100.79 399 255 85
Holly Area School District 248 Public  3,359  40.1 100.78 98 334 330
Allendale Public Schools 249 Public  2,509  31.4 100.74 328 102 335
Ionia Public Schools 250 Public  3,029  62.6 100.73 220 343 167
Coleman Community Schools 251 Public  731  52.5 100.64 253 294 186
Napoleon Community Schools 252 Public  1,440  47.5 100.59 330 243 183
Clare Public Schools 253 Public  1,537  46.5 100.57 340 151 272
Grant Public School District 254 Public  1,949  56.1 100.57 309 277 166
Kearsley Community School District 255 Public  3,303  60.2 100.52 198 224 342
Hillman Community Schools 256 Public  520  66.4 100.52 280 381 98
Fowler Public Schools 257 Public  553  14.3 100.51 428 205 122
Montabella Community Schools 258 Public  830  67.5 100.46 163 113 468
Corunna Public Schools 259 Public  2,133  48.3 100.45 277 326 157
Charyl Stockwell Academy 260 Public charter  1,086  13.5 100.41 369 103 317
Unionville-Sebewaing Area S.D. 261 Public  779  40.2 100.39 122 311 349
Owosso Public Schools 262 Public  3,217  60.3 100.35 128 289 369
Bangor Township Schools 263 Public  2,481  53.3 100.29 131 359 288
Utica Community Schools 264 Public  28,507  29.8 100.25 316 227 244
Bullock Creek School District 265 Public  1,945  44.5 100.22 257 134 397
Avondale School District 266 Public  3,534  31.5 100.22 421 193 170
Blissfield Community Schools 267 Public  1,262  37.1 100.19 393 176 219
Coloma Community Schools 268 Public  1,749  59.6 100.12 306 233 259
Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools 269 Public  1,137  54.6 100.11 203 149 436
Buckley Community Schools 270 Public  420  69.3 100.09 259 153 394
Comstock Park Public Schools 271 Public  2,228  52.9 100.06 150 415 234
Holt Public Schools 272 Public  5,798  41.4 100.01 295 324 189
Morley Stanwood Community Schools 273 Public  1,260  66.1 99.98 272 264 262
Fraser Public Schools 274 Public  5,335  47.0 99.96 450 285 82
Riverview Community School District 275 Public  2,863  36.3 99.94 211 272 324
Bay City School District 276 Public  8,276  50.7 99.93 235 353 210
Constantine Public School District 277 Public  1,452  59.0 99.87 314 254 254
L’Anse Area Schools 278 Public  687  54.2 99.82 379 291 149
Whitehall District Schools 279 Public  2,160  42.8 99.81 357 131 351
Hartland Consolidated Schools 280 Public  5,518  15.6 99.8 361 280 193
Taylor School District 281 Public  7,270  73.8 99.77 214 309 295
Clarenceville School District 282 Public  1,879  54.6 99.76 293 389 144
Pewamo-Westphalia Community Schools 283 Public  644  17.4 99.75 96 356 405
Mackinaw City Public Schools 284 Public  193  37.8 99.71 3 501 487
Williamston Community Schools 285 Public  1,849  21.4 99.7 199 241 396
North Branch Area Schools 286 Public  2,436  46.8 99.68 372 287 178
Sparta Area Schools 287 Public  2,678  44.1 99.57 279 406 158
Lapeer Community Schools 288 Public  5,839  47.9 99.5 261 364 209
Lincoln Park, School District of the City of 289 Public  4,822  79.3 99.49 156 317 385
Kalkaska Public Schools 290 Public  1,597  64.1 99.47 71 373 443
Meridian Public Schools 291 Public  1,314  48.1 99.46 175 164 482
Fulton Schools 292 Public  1,058  86.3 99.44 523 25 346
Hudson Area Schools 293 Public  945  54.0 99.42 319 230 323
Whitmore Lake Public School District 294 Public  1,066  38.5 99.39 290 313 253
Paw Paw Public School District 295 Public  2,274  41.9 99.36 160 305 401
Mendon Community School District 296 Public  664  52.3 99.34 250 315 280
Bear Lake Schools 297 Public  356  55.1 99.31 392 239 237
Orchard View Schools 298 Public  2,586  68.7 99.31 246 380 225
Standish-Sterling Community Schools 299 Public  1,644  59.9 99.27 301 432 141
Brandon School District in the Counties of Oakland and Lapeer 300 Public  3,168  37.5 99.18 318 258 305
Concord Community Schools 301 Public  796  56.4 99.16 498 251 91
New Lothrop Area Public Schools 302 Public  916  23.5 99.08 489 159 211
Reese Public Schools 303 Public  858  43.8 99.07 233 410 231
Atherton Community Schools 304 Public  808  74.1 98.98 323 216 379
Portland Public Schools 305 Public  1,990  35.7 98.97 409 337 142
Freeland Community School District 306 Public  1,831  17.8 98.94 355 262 283
Ewen-Trout Creek Consolidated School District 307 Public  248  60.1 98.93 105 525 123
Swan Valley School District 308 Public  1,825  37.2 98.93 380 412 104
Northwest Community Schools 309 Public  2,818  46.8 98.92 326 281 302
Pennfield Schools 310 Public  2,112  47.0 98.89 251 226 425
Iron Mountain Public Schools 311 Public  1,115  41.1 98.89 288 341 277
Brandywine Community Schools 312 Public  1,410  60.2 98.86 415 222 265
Breckenridge Community Schools 313 Public  836  50.2 98.86 407 231 264
Michigan Center School District 314 Public  1,400  51.5 98.83 398 162 362
Grosse Ile Township Schools 315 Public  1,845  9.4 98.83 159 433 328
Reading Community Schools 316 Public  838  61.1 98.82 231 320 361
Capac Community Schools 317 Public  1,291  49.7 98.82 390 183 359
Bellaire Public Schools 318 Public  441  42.4 98.8 410 79 439
Warren Consolidated Schools 319 Public  15,266  57.6 98.8 354 338 221
Lake Linden-Hubbell School District 320 Public  515  51.1 98.79 54 455 433
Decatur Public Schools 321 Public  913  67.7 98.75 265 340 310
Superior Central School District 322 Public  357  45.1 98.74 218 160 495
Union City Community Schools 323 Public  1,091  56.7 98.68 315 369 239
Ithaca Public Schools 324 Public  1,279  40.5 98.67 183 191 496
Gobles Public School District 325 Public  868  50.5 98.67 278 290 366
Mason Consolidated Schools (Monroe) 326 Public  1,148  42.9 98.63 500 128 252
Coldwater Community Schools 327 Public  2,886  60.2 98.61 307 196 435
Centreville Public Schools 328 Public  872  50.1 98.6 124 418 410
Forest Park School District 329 Public  468  53.2 98.56 223 392 321
Marquette Area Public Schools 330 Public  3,087  27.1 98.5 205 363 370
Mt. Morris Consolidated Schools 331 Public  2,478  76.8 98.46 391 426 116
Clinton Community Schools 332 Public  1,122  31.9 98.42 132 351 450
Durand Area Schools 333 Public  1,601  52.1 98.38 408 250 287
Manchester Community Schools 334 Public  1,187  21.7 98.38 324 328 312
Saranac Community Schools 335 Public  1,116  47.2 98.35 276 420 256
Roseville Community Schools 336 Public  5,122  70.2 98.35 384 282 292
Zeeland Public Schools 337 Public  5,719  22.5 98.34 273 390 285
Central Lake Public Schools 338 Public  341  51.6 98.32 298 271 398
River Valley School District 339 Public  659  56.5 98.24 127 414 429
Reeths-Puffer Schools 340 Public  3,783  44.4 98.21 327 429 203
Bendle Public Schools 341 Public  2,280  73.3 98.17 287 376 314
Madison District Public Schools 342 Public  1,298  79.3 98.17 382 469 102
Bridgeport-Spaulding Community School District 343 Public  1,470  78.9 98.15 383 260 336
Maple Valley Schools 344 Public  1,184  57.3 98.14 139 325 473
Ferndale Public Schools 345 Public  3,590  60.1 98.14 486 284 165
Peck Community School District 346 Public  460  55.4 98.12 438 244 281
Mount Clemens Community School District 347 Public  1,502  93.8 97.95 263 444 267
Shepherd Public Schools 348 Public  1,775  43.2 97.94 420 166 413
Millington Community Schools 349 Public  1,351  50.7 97.92 363 333 306
Lake Shore Public Schools (Macomb) 350 Public  3,682  42.7 97.89 492 312 148
Pine River Area Schools 351 Public  1,127  55.6 97.89 337 247 423
Inland Lakes Schools 352 Public  809  52.7 97.88 352 212 444
DeWitt Public Schools 353 Public  3,029  11.8 97.8 344 249 420
Vestaburg Community Schools 354 Public  699  57.4 97.75 353 344 325
Lamphere Public Schools 355 Public  2,813  49.2 97.74 416 388 195
Delton Kellogg Schools 356 Public  1,487  50.2 97.72 351 187 463
Oxford Community Schools 357 Public  5,231  22.5 97.7 469 232 300
Bedford Public Schools 358 Public  4,701  19.6 97.69 444 238 338
Voyageur Academy 359 Public charter  1,008  91.3 97.65 374 467 163
Ashley Community Schools 360 Public  299  85.0 97.64 524 77 344
Colon Community School District 361 Public  635  54.2 97.61 342 246 434
Linden Community Schools 362 Public  2,983  30.3 97.59 237 431 360
Rapid River Public Schools 363 Public  379  44.1 97.57 360 108 501
Melvindale-North Allen Park Schools 364 Public  2,854  75.9 97.57 292 300 432
Wyandotte, School District of the City of 365 Public  4,373  52.0 97.49 365 435 229
Otsego Public Schools 366 Public  2,341  37.1 97.45 256 348 427
Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts 367 Public charter  1,196  85.4 97.44 441 70 498
Imlay City Community Schools 368 Public  2,157  57.0 97.43 435 336 251
Merritt Academy 369 Public charter  516  41.9 97.43 522 204 204
Chandler Park Academy 370 Public charter  2,445  92.1 97.35 282 347 418
Addison Community Schools 371 Public  880  43.3 97.33 465 310 247
Van Dyke Public Schools 372 Public  2,901  71.4 97.32 427 296 313
Swartz Creek Community Schools 373 Public  4,013  47.3 97.3 426 321 286
Port Huron Area School District 374 Public  9,500  53.2 97.26 271 424 367
Almont Community Schools 375 Public  1,537  25.4 97.22 440 417 192
Parchment School District 376 Public  1,808  52.9 97.2 433 273 348
Romulus Community Schools 377 Public  2,946  74.3 97.19 464 405 180
South Lake Schools 378 Public  2,058  57.7 97.14 475 242 339
Negaunee Public Schools 379 Public  1,538  33.4 97.13 267 477 290
Trenton Public Schools 380 Public  2,634  24.0 97.12 453 318 279
Lake Fenton Community Schools 381 Public  1,998  28.4 97.08 493 276 260
Warren Woods Public Schools 382 Public  3,336  51.1 97.08 381 379 309
Lakeview Sch. District (Calhoun) 383 Public  3,902  48.7 97.06 430 261 377
Belding Area School District 384 Public  1,993  63.6 97.03 200 452 406
Battle Creek Public Schools 385 Public  5,176  72.4 97.02 303 445 337
Bentley Community School District 386 Public  801  66.6 97.01 349 476 236
Central Montcalm Public Schools 387 Public  1,725  61.3 96.97 317 350 422
Muskegon, Public Schools of the City of 388 Public  4,433  73.0 96.94 268 434 380
Flat Rock Community Schools 389 Public  1,906  38.9 96.94 429 470 153
Ravenna Public Schools 390 Public  1,113  46.8 96.93 313 399 383
St. Johns Public Schools 391 Public  3,135  29.1 96.92 442 314 316
Menominee Area Public Schools 392 Public  1,566  49.6 96.9 350 211 493
Harrison Community Schools 393 Public  1,498  74.0 96.89 308 387 399
Lakeview Public Schools (Macomb) 394 Public  3,881  37.4 96.89 406 384 296
Wayne-Westland Community School District 395 Public  11,945  64.8 96.87 312 447 334
Munising Public Schools 396 Public  637  45.4 96.85 219 329 490
Charlotte Public Schools 397 Public  2,670  46.8 96.83 474 367 222
Summit Academy North 398 Public charter  1,967  54.1 96.83 358 279 449
Byron Area Schools 399 Public  1,115  37.7 96.77 437 403 245
St. Charles Community Schools 400 Public  1,143  48.8 96.75 305 354 440
Waverly Community Schools 401 Public  2,787  55.6 96.74 473 330 273
Cassopolis Public Schools 402 Public  1,057  67.8 96.73 462 409 213
Caro Community Schools 403 Public  1,881  59.2 96.68 215 358 483
Ontonagon Area School District 404 Public  389  58.4 96.67 283 451 371
Romeo Community Schools 405 Public  5,260  29.2 96.64 348 270 465
Morenci Area Schools 406 Public  720  57.8 96.63 412 430 257
Oakridge Public Schools 407 Public  1,905  62.7 96.63 232 393 456
Flushing Community Schools 408 Public  4,113  32.5 96.59 297 456 363
Carson City-Crystal Area Schools 409 Public  932  54.7 96.59 454 361 293
Saginaw Township Community Schools 410 Public  4,943  37.5 96.54 322 493 261
Hemlock Public School District 411 Public  1,242  34.1 96.54 216 398 466
Fruitport Community Schools 412 Public  2,963  44.8 96.49 400 366 358
Stockbridge Community Schools 413 Public  1,546  40.7 96.48 334 461 329
Vandercook Lake Public Schools 414 Public  1,276  60.8 96.42 378 372 387
Bark River-Harris School District 415 Public  743  51.4 96.4 255 172 526
Eaton Rapids Public Schools 416 Public  2,607  43.4 96.34 281 319 488
Merrill Community Schools 417 Public  745  47.4 96.28 504 267 318
Jonesville Community Schools 418 Public  1,485  52.1 96.27 359 441 352
Allegan Public Schools 419 Public  2,663  50.0 96.24 402 396 347
Waldron Area Schools 420 Public  295  76.3 96.24 502 203 408
Waterford School District 421 Public  10,707  51.6 96.23 389 408 356
Engadine Consolidated Schools 422 Public  273  57.9 95.96 331 401 437
Manistique Area Schools 423 Public  857  55.2 95.89 289 382 474
AGBU Alex-Marie Manoogian School 424 Public charter  381  47.0 95.87 514 397 184
Onekama Consolidated Schools 425 Public  394  42.6 95.77 401 394 390
Ida Public School District 426 Public  1,461  22.3 95.73 366 454 373
Akron-Fairgrove Schools 427 Public  280  68.2 95.68 310 407 458
Tecumseh Public Schools 428 Public  2,974  28.3 95.64 368 386 442
Mason Public Schools (Ingham) 429 Public  3,049  29.2 95.61 405 473 299
Tekonsha Community Schools 430 Public  300  68.7 95.59 478 186 481
Tahquamenon Area Schools 431 Public  741  46.7 95.57 333 460 412
Bath Community Schools 432 Public  1,038  35.2 95.53 294 453 445
Allen Academy 433 Public charter  1,025  95.9 95.53 338 421 446
Atlanta Community Schools 434 Public  254  61.4 95.48 404 416 393
Memphis Community Schools 435 Public  954  28.6 95.45 503 345 327
Academy for Business and Technology 436 Public charter  717  88.4 95.41 485 529 53
Leslie Public Schools 437 Public  1,370  44.1 95.26 385 427 419
Chippewa Valley Schools 438 Public  16,408  26.1 95.21 451 395 391
NICE Community School District 439 Public  1,168  28.2 95.21 304 423 475
Huron School District 440 Public  2,434  28.7 95.15 345 428 453
Birch Run Area Schools 441 Public  1,801  47.7 95.04 456 480 275
Mayville Community School District 442 Public  729  61.8 94.93 186 499 472
Schoolcraft Community Schools 443 Public  1,111  18.3 94.81 332 487 430
Beal City Public Schools 444 Public  705  34.3 94.8 387 383 471
Pinckney Community Schools 445 Public  4,037  19.6 94.77 459 449 365
Baraga Area Schools 446 Public  502  62.2 94.76 356 114 539
Gladstone Area Schools 447 Public  1,507  39.3 94.75 254 458 494
South Redford School District 448 Public  3,248  59.4 94.74 419 440 416
Harper Woods, The School District of the City of 449 Public  1,504  78.9 94.61 471 229 502
Jefferson Schools (Monroe) 450 Public  2,032  38.5 94.59 506 472 238
Hazel Park, School District of the City of 451 Public  4,002  75.5 94.59 468 436 382
Clawson Public Schools 452 Public  1,765  38.0 94.56 512 411 294
Holton Public Schools 453 Public  881  67.7 94.55 260 471 492
Harper Creek Community Schools 454 Public  2,613  39.1 94.5 495 404 375
Farwell Area Schools 455 Public  1,491  68.6 94.5 425 488 353
Carrollton Public Schools 456 Public  1,959  68.5 94.5 414 402 457
Posen Consolidated School District No. 9 457 Public  249  57.8 94.47 509 443 276
LakeVille Community School District 458 Public  1,485  51.6 94.42 528 511 79
Woodhaven-Brownstown School District 459 Public  4,905  38.4 94.37 346 514 374
Monroe Public Schools 460 Public  6,136  56.6 94.35 447 355 470
Allen Park Public Schools 461 Public  3,781  34.8 94.34 436 400 454
Fowlerville Community Schools 462 Public  2,915  34.1 94.3 413 495 364
Onsted Community Schools 463 Public  1,528  37.2 94.17 364 502 417
North Adams-Jerome Public Schools 464 Public  398  54.8 94.16 395 500 384
Anchor Bay School District 465 Public  6,154  26.3 94.14 494 489 278
Goodrich Area Schools 466 Public  2,106  17.6 93.89 466 375 467
Southgate Community School District 467 Public  5,193  46.0 93.84 472 505 298
Camden-Frontier School 468 Public  572  60.3 93.79 439 475 426
Webberville Community Schools 469 Public  615  40.5 93.7 516 506 200
Dryden Community Schools 470 Public  647  31.8 93.58 373 518 381
Detroit City School District 471 Public  49,168  81.0 93.49 386 442 499
Tri County Area Schools 472 Public  2,186  51.3 93.37 362 481 489
Advanced Technology Academy 473 Public charter  1,485  78.7 93.37 424 365 507
Westwood Heights Schools 474 Public  854  85.3 93.2 497 497 331
Ypsilanti Community Schools 475 Public  3,339  69.8 93.19 476 438 461
Grand Ledge Public Schools 476 Public  5,071  26.0 93.17 445 479 447
Hanover-Horton School District 477 Public  1,227  36.0 93.15 396 492 462
Reed City Area Public Schools 478 Public  1,552  58.6 93.1 417 413 505
Lakeview Community Schools (Montcalm) 479 Public  1,299  53.9 93.06 480 346 503
School District of the City of Inkster 480 Public  2,262  83.2 93.04 513 534 128
Old Redford Academy 481 Public charter  2,064  84.4 93.01 501 385 469
Milan Area Schools 482 Public  2,418  30.0 92.86 443 463 479
Trillium Academy 483 Public charter  693  61.8 92.81 418 478 480
Lincoln Consolidated School District 484 Public  4,352  50.1 92.63 483 465 459
Pontiac Academy for Excellence 485 Public charter  1,452  74.3 92.61 347 496 504
Van Buren Public Schools 486 Public  5,154  52.3 92.61 484 503 400
Rogers City Area Schools 487 Public  560  25.9 92.6 236 504 514
Perry Public Schools 488 Public  1,377  46.2 92.58 377 422 522
Madison Academy 489 Public charter  581  75.6 92.56 526 494 274
Sand Creek Community Schools 490 Public  947  42.9 92.52 496 482 421
Bellevue Community Schools 491 Public  595  59.7 92.51 455 498 452
Whiteford Agricultural School District of the Counties of Lenawee and Monroe 492 Public  675  20.2 92.32 533 468 297
New Haven Community Schools 493 Public  1,279  52.3 92.2 539 286 428
Dundee Community Schools 494 Public  1,617  35.1 92.17 431 437 513
Michigan Virtual Charter Academy 495 Public charter  954  58.8 92.15 510 446 460
Genesee School District 496 Public  811  76.0 92.09 376 464 519
Dansville Schools 497 Public  871  31.5 92.08 470 371 515
Martin Public Schools 498 Public  592  47.5 91.96 521 513 304
Laingsburg Community Schools 499 Public  1,127  24.0 91.91 394 485 510
Lansing Public School District 500 Public  12,180  66.0 91.55 463 531 409
Britton Deerfield Schools 501 Public  763  39.1 91.54 508 448 491
Grass Lake Community Schools 502 Public  1,249  29.3 91.33 477 462 509
Gibraltar School District 503 Public  3,749  29.6 91.33 517 508 407
Southfield Public School District 504 Public  7,360  59.9 91.21 532 509 284
Creative Technologies Academy 505 Public charter  301  29.6 91.2 518 490 451
Summerfield Schools 506 Public  724  26.4 91.11 458 483 511
Eaton Academy 507 Public charter  485  83.7 90.92 446 474 520
Plymouth Educational Center Charter School 508 Public charter  1,341  84.3 90.9 538 377 455
Airport Community Schools 509 Public  2,583  44.4 90.82 511 519 414
East Jackson Community Schools 510 Public  1,239  57.1 90.79 482 450 516
Flint, School District of the City of 511 Public  8,472  84.0 90.71 422 528 486
Litchfield Community Schools 512 Public  314  61.2 90.6 411 535 484
Evart Public Schools 513 Public  917  67.7 90.56 434 486 523
Westwood Community School District 514 Public  2,509  73.6 90.43 530 484 448
Armada Area Schools 515 Public  2,002  22.0 90.39 531 526 289
Bradford Academy 516 Public charter  1,088  77.1 90.17 536 327 508
Landmark Academy 517 Public charter  934  49.4 90.14 460 491 524
North Dickinson County Schools 518 Public  301  51.2 90.1 136 536 540
East Detroit Public Schools 519 Public  3,832  63.3 90.04 488 510 506
Potterville Public Schools 520 Public  925  40.9 90.02 491 457 527
River Rouge, School District of the City of 521 Public  1,245  94.8 89.75 487 425 535
Redford Union Schools, District No. 1 522 Public  2,875  68.7 89.7 423 507 531
Oak Park, School District of the City of 523 Public  4,374  77.0 89.56 529 524 395
Ecorse Public Schools 524 Public  1,039  86.1 89.42 525 439 517
Richmond Community Schools 525 Public  1,646  31.7 89.4 520 512 497
Benton Harbor Area Schools 526 Public  2,789  89.4 89.33 461 537 478
Pittsford Area Schools 527 Public  685  51.4 89.05 388 516 534
Conner Creek Academy East 528 Public charter  1,122  88.1 88.59 452 520 530
Climax-Scotts Community Schools 529 Public  541  41.5 88.29 490 521 521
Pickford Public Schools 530 Public  539  48.6 88.18 527 517 500
Garden City Public Schools 531 Public  4,591  50.6 88.16 481 522 525
Pansophia Academy 532 Public charter  306  48.0 87.98 507 533 512
Buena Vista School District 533 Public  432  91.4 87.64 448 539 518
Detroit Community Schools 534 Public charter  950  94.9 87.21 449 532 536
Beecher Community School District 535 Public  1,362  86.4 86.81 515 527 528
North Star Academy 536 Public charter  271  61.6 85.07 535 523 529
Pontiac City School District 537 Public  5,067  73.7 85.02 534 530 532
Morrice Area Schools 538 Public  625  52.5 84.73 537 515 538
Will Carleton Charter School Academy 539 Public charter  363  12.7 84.53 519 538 537
Grattan Academy 540 Public charter  274  46.7 80.87 540 540 533

41 comments from Bridge readers.Add mine!

  1. John Rose

    PS..quickly..The school district that my daughters attend is Saline and they are ranked 49th in this poll. In other rankings, aspects of our school ditrict can rate in the top ten, so by being ranked 49th here congrats to all because the Saline School District is an excellent District.

  2. Evan Major

    Where is the methodology for this analysis? It not remotely clear how you determined what is “expected levels for their income levels”. The Mackinac Center released a similarly styled ranking last year with very different results. What accounts for these?

    1. Mike Wilkinson

      Evan,
      Here’s where we describe how we did it. Thanks for reading. http://tinyurl.com/k2cxdsy

      1. Tom

        Mike. If a school district like Godwin Heights has less then 10% of their students that are college ready vs. a school district like Forest Hills or East Grand Rapids that have over 97% of their students are college ready I don’t see how they can be ranked so high. I understand they are over achieving based on the district’s income level but does it make that district better?

      2. Scott Wolf

        Actually report does cites Mackinac Center is clearly behind this study. Thank you for posting the methodology! I would be leery of the rest of the study with such an interest group behind such a report. See citation below.

        3
        Michael Van Beek, et al. 2012. The Michigan Public High School Context and Performance Report Card, The Mackinac Center
        for Public Policy. Available at http://www.mackinac.org/17256 (accessed September 2012).

      3. Tom

        I could not help but notice that Star Academy has dropped from 140. to its current score since 2011, while my child’s school has lost only three points at 106+. What would cause such a discrepancy?

  3. Tran

    Are last year’s rankings available on this site?

    1. Joel

      Per the link here, data for 4th and 8th grade is Fall 2010 to 2012, and 11th grade data are Spring 2011 to 2013, so all data is multi-year.

      http://bridgemi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Achievement-Exceeding-Predicted-Proficiency-Methodology.pdf

  4. Al Waters

    I notice that Honey Creek Community School is not included in this report. Was it left out of the study because it does no have a high school?

  5. Ken Horn

    This is the only FAIR WAY to evaluate school districts as it shows how much of a difference they really make. Contrary to what our Republican Politics want the public to believe many public schools are making a BIG difference. Look at both your districts scores then compare them to others with the same poverty rate and you will have a much better sense of how well your district ACTUALLY PERFORMS.
    Thanks for putting common sense into the use of statistics.

  6. Joel

    My largest question when looking at this dataset is why include 11th grade test levels? I guess they are the best measure of outgoing student performance available, but looking at the data for several districts I see huge jumps in grade level scores from 4th/8th to 11th. 11th graders are in effect there by choice, you can drop out by that time if you choose, so it seems like the data would be better represented by comparing 4th/8th grade scores with 11th grade scores.

    Comstock for example has scores of 24, 459, and 355… one of these values is not like the others.
    Kalamazoo similar thing: 56, 266, 235

    I would love to see more of the data from this, I looked at the Mackinaw center stuff, but that’s all high school only, and is a 4 year average, so Comstock’s 24 drops to 56 when you include multiple years… really curious to hear more about this.

  7. Arles Kimrey

    Do you feel your child is getting a proper education? My daughters district ranks over 500. Does that mean their education sucks? No and I’ll tell you why. My middle school daughter is in the top 5% of her class, is in an advanced educational program, has a grade point of 4.1 & is on the school’s robotics team. My 5th grader is in in the same advanced program that my eldest daughter went thru. They are both reading at 4 grades above their current academic level. I also believe athletics plays a role in education. My middle schooler, #1 Seventh grader, was a point scorer for her swim team & my 5th grader excels at soccer, the youngest player on her U11 traveling team and one the team relys on. I don’t reallly care what rankings a school district gets, as long as my children get a proper education. This continues at home, outside of school. My daughters do home work immediately after school and read at least an hour every evening after school. I’ve turned them into cyclists and they ride about 500 miles form April thru September. I also want to mention, they deal with a divorced household, have a father that’s been through it all & can learn from. I have a Bachelors Degree, am a convicted felon, compete on a high level in competetive Triathlon events and do what I can to survive. Rankings be damned & parents step up!

    1. Joel

      Amen, and good on you for spending time with your children.

  8. DP

    The Bridge is creating a feel good ranking in a world where everyone gets a medal for participation:

    Interesting what the Bridge promotes: http://www.wma-es.com/images/stories/pdf/AER%20data%202012-2013.pdf

    GR Charter school ranked above Saugatuck and Black River this GR school offers only 2 AP (BRPS 18) courses and they are below state average on MEAP scores?
    They have 75% graduation rate and they don’t even list ACT scores or where kids go to college.

    At Godwin Heights, also ranked 4th in the state, they had a total of TWO students that took an AP class and passed the AP exam for college credit (BRPS
    Godwin has over 50% of students in 11th grade score “not proficient level 4” on MEAP test in Math and less than 10% that scored even at “proficient” let alone “advanced” Level 1.

    http://www.godwinschools.org/downloads/high_school/godwin_heights_high_school_annual_report_11-12_20130218_190815_27.pdf

    Black River as a reference:
    MME
    11th Grade Composite Scores, Levels 1 and 2
    (Spring 2013 results for Class of 2014)

    BRPS

    State
    Mathematics
    41

    29
    Reading
    72

    54
    Writing
    69

    49
    Science
    40

    26
    Soc. Studies
    61

    39

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM
    In May 2013, Black River Public School students took 272 Advanced Placement examinations in 18 different subjects (Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, European History, US Government and Politics, Comparative Government and Politics, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Physics C, Psychology, Spanish Language, Statistics, Studio Art (Drawing), United States History, and World History). The Washington Post (2011) recognized Black River Public School as #156 in the nation (#1 in Michigan) on its “challenge index” for Advanced Placement student participation.

    1. Educator

      Agreed. The data is based only on over performing based on socioeconomic expectations, not on student outcomes. The list is useless for families searching for the best educational outcome for their students.

  9. Sue C

    Glad to see the Free Lunch data….now I will know when we plan to move which districts have a high free lunch ranking and avoid them. That is about all I got from this evaluation. I do see merit in a state wide teaching curriculum where every student at every grade level has the same curriculum making a better testing evaluation. Putting spins on academic performance is just dodging the quality of teaching and trying to put the blame on anything other than the classroom. Maybe a ranking of teacher test scores and their performances would be a better way to judge a district ……

  10. Sarah

    What difference does it make since Snyder will defund them until all public schools fail. His mission it to privatize schools, not educate our kids, just as DeVos and the Kochs has paid him to do. I also don’t think a school with 500 kids can be ranked against a school with 12,000.

  11. Mike Dubanik

    Paragon Academy Jackson, MI. ??

  12. Sam

    Does this report include every school district? The database does not seem to include my child’s district.

    1. Ron French

      It includes all districts that have kindergarten through 12th grade for which there is test data over the past three years. If you pass along your district Sam, I’ll be happy to check.

  13. John M

    I appreciate this study using socioeconomic data. Why not go one step further and factor in general fund revenues per pupil? I just grabbed the 2012 data on per pupil spending for these top 10 schools and it leads me to suspect that the Calumet and Benzie schools are doing far better than Ann Arbor or Bloomfield Hills when you consider how much less money the former schools have to work with.

    2012 data on general revenue funds per pupil:
    1 – Star International Academy $9,050
    2 – Central Academy $9,496
    3 – Crawford AuSable $8,838
    4 – Riverside Academy $9,276
    5 – Godwin Heights $10,368
    6 – Okemos $9,494
    7- Bloomfield Hills $15,029
    8 – Ann Arbor $11,449
    9 – Calumet $8,463
    10 – Benzie County $8,324

  14. joel veldheer

    It does seem like graduation rates, college acceptance, AP classes taken and passed, ACT score, PSAT score should be the most important factors in rating a high school.

  15. Educator

    Having served as a teacher for nearly two decades in districts with higher free and reduced lunch populations, this survey is only useful if you have no means of participating In schools of choice. The best over performing lower socioeconomic districts on the list do not have student outcomes anywhere near comparable to districts with higher socioeconomic students in terms of state testing, graduation rates, and post-secondary acceptance and completion, From a parent’s perspective, where would you send your children if you had a choice – to an over performing but academically struggling district, or a socioeconomically affluent but under performing district with great student outcomes? This list is not helpful for students and families, and that is the purpose of school, not for justification of funding or accolades based on “expected” outcomes.

  16. Jen

    First I want to commend you for doing such a wonderful job with your children. It is clear that you focus on their education. More parents should do the same. With that said I also want to say that the school has to step up to. If the school is poorly ran and poorly funded it will produce poorly educated children. I also work hard on my children’s education. My son is at school ranked in the 300s yet he is an A Honor Roll student. I attribute that mostly to work at home but the school plays a part. My daughter on the other hand attends a school I feel is not preparing her AT ALL. We work every night at home but I fear she will not be prepared when she crosses into middle school. I will be working with her and she is in tutoring (privately) but I worry still. Her school is clearly doing a poor job.

  17. John Q.Public

    What sort of measurements give results like Albion (32) where the 4th grade is rated 4th, then achievement drops to 378 for 8th graders, and climbs back to 11th for 1th graders? Are the middle school teachers really bad?

    Or Onaway(46), Deckerville (84), and Stephenson (94). each of which parlay scores that get relatively worse–a LOT worse–the longer you remain in the district into top-quintile finishes.

    What are we supposed to take away from these scores as a practical application?

    1. Billy

      Didn’t Albion have to close their high school because they didn’t meet AYP?

  18. RP

    I have worked at Grattan Academy and it is the WORST district no matter how you score it.

  19. Paul

    Very interesting way to evaluate districts. I do believe that economics plays a big roll in how kids do in school. My kids attend Wyoming and our district has faced several financial difficulties over the past few years. Not just in running the district but for our families. Like many cities we were hit very hard by the recession and many families are still struggling. It doesn’t help that our we receive the very minimum from the state and we haven’t been able to pass any bonds to upgrade our facilities. It also doesn’t help that the state has required a few unfunded mandates such as all day kindergarten and increasing the district cost of staff retirement cost.

    In the end it comes down to each student and family placing an importance on education. I’ve seen poor families as well as single parent families succeed. Poverty or single parent households cannot be an excuse. Does it make succeeding harder? Yes, but it can be done.

    1. Paul

      Also, is it possible for you to publish the percentage of 11th graders for each district that are rated as “college ready”.

  20. Christine

    My son’s school isn’t listed :-(

  21. Randy

    Not all schools are ranked. There are 540 schools and over 600 closed in the Detroit Metro area alone. My school is not there.

  22. Sue

    It’s interesting that homeschoolers consistently outperform traditionally schooled children on standardized tests by a significant margin, and that parental education levels and socioeconomic status make little difference.

  23. Rick

    As a retired educator after nearly 40 years of teaching in a public school, I have to tell you how tired educators are of reading so called studies or ranking of the schools by amateurs and politicians with an ulterior motive of privatizing the public schools. Articles ranking schools presume that a particular measuring stick (standardized tests like MEAP) are the ultimate test of a student’s potential for success. I’m here to tell you that those tests are not the gold standard for evaluating schools. Your rankings say nothing about the level of rigor offered at the high school level which is an important factor in judging schools. The high school students represent the cumulative result of one’s work throughout school. The MEAP is a mere snapshot that may have caught someone on a particular day. If schools focus primarily on MEAP scores and offer no highly academic courses like an A.P. program in high school, their graduates will be at a distinct disadvantage if they pursue college. In my uears of teaching, I never observed a college that was interested in an applicants MEAP score. The only people who focus on that are critics of public schools like the Mackinaw Center. May the many self-appointed authorities on education please stop trying to micromanage public education and leave it to the educators. I encourage everyone to read articles by Diane Ravitch. She presents one of the most informed and thoughtful views on the current situation.

    1. Rick

      In my previous comment, I neglected to mention that I would like to see the algorithm that was used to calculate the “Academic Champs Score.” Absent that, the meaning of that number means nothing to the reader.

  24. Thomas Gasko

    Richmond Community is a quality district with caring staff. To bad scoring is so politicized to meet some silly agenda!

  25. Where the M to U of M

    I come from a school district where things like AP classes are unheard of, almost all students receive free or reduced lunch, and funding is a joke. Seeing schools ranked from a different perspective is a relief and makes me proud of my hometown (which came in just outside of the top 50). I am graduating from U of M and will be receiving my masters and possibly PhD or MD from here as well. I know my educators went above and beyond to provide me with the best education they could given the circumstances, not everyone has the means to live in Okemos! And although school of choice does exist I would have had to travel 40 miles to get to the schools that some on here are referring to as “the preferable”. All in all I think it is great to rate based on expectations for an income level because it is not realistic to think that children from schools struggling to stay open can compete with students with state of the art technology. Thanks for creating this and instilling some pride in the people of my small hometown!

  26. Max

    I have a question. Are these schools compared within the county they reside in, or state wide? For instance, if schools in Wayne county were only compared to other schools within that county, the data for the less affluent schools could appear to be skewed. However if the schools are compared state wide, then the less affluent schools would be compared not only with the higher affluent districts but also the other less affluent ones throughout the state.

  27. David Annis

    I have been struggling with the issue of whether to leave my son in Lansing Schools, where he is in the immersion Chinese program, or move him to Okemos and a large part of my issue has been how to determine how much of the difference in outcomes is the performance of the school and how much is based on just the economic status of the test takers. I’ve summarized my thoughts on the issue here: http://moderatelyliberal.blogspot.com/2014/02/inner-city-immersion-language-education.html

    I noticed that there seems to be a correlation between state rank and Academic Champs Score. It would be very helpful to know the beta (how a change in one affects the other) and r-squared (how much variation there is between a perfect correlation and the data points) values for the correlation.

    1. David Annis

      I realize I misunderstood the state rank column. What I’d like to know is the correlation between raw test scores and the Academic Champs Score.

  28. Loren Vannest

    Why are Wakefield and Watersmeet missing from the rankings? Are others schools missing?

  29. Steve

    This is a complete joke. The wait list to get into my school district by the surrounding schools is ridiculous and they are all ranked above us? don’t buy into this B.S.

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