Three Michigan high schools are among the top 100 in the country, according to the new 2018 US News & World Report Best High Schools rankings – with the International Academy of Macomb in Clinton Township rated as No. 7. The other top local schools were International Academy in Bloomfield Hills at No. 30 and Washtenaw International High School in Ypsilanti at No. 41.
The US News teamed up with the North Carolina-based RTI International, a global nonprofit social science research firm to come up with the best high schools rankings.
RTI International and US News looked at 28,813 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia that had 12th grade enrollment and sufficient data for analysis. Information from the 2015-16 school year was the main focus.
The ranking method
There was a four step process used to decide the Best High Schools, usnews.com reports. The first step determined whether each schools’ students were performing better than expected by analyzing scores on state math and reading proficiency tests.
If a school passed that bar, the second step examined whether the least-advantaged students – such as minorities and those from low-income families – performed above the average for similar students within that state.
If a school passed step two, researchers then took a look at a school’s graduation rates, and if a school passed all three of these steps, they then evaluated college-readiness performance using both Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate participation rates.
The 5948 top-scoring schools were rated by US News as gold, silver or bronze. Gold medals were awarded to schools with the highest college readiness index values, and those schools ranked from No. 1 to No. 500.
The silver medal winners were the next group of highest college-readiness schools, and they ranked from No. 501 to No. 2,711. Bronze medals were given to another 3237 high schools that passed the first three steps but did not offer any college-readiness courses or to those that had a college readiness index less than the score needed to receive silver.
The local winners
Gold Medal schools
International Academy of Macomb, Clinton Township (No. 7)
International Academy, Bloomfield Hills (No. 30)
Washtenaw International High School, Ypsilanti (No. 41)
Rochester Adams High School, Rochester Hills (No. 409)
Troy High School, Troy (No. 411)
Silver Medal schools
Saline High School, Saline (No. 508)
Stoney Creek High School, Rochester Hills (No. 533)
Northville High School, Northville (No. 570)
Ernest W. Seaholm High School, Birmingham (No. 654)
Grosse Pointe South High School, Grosse Pointe Farms (No. 692)
Wylie E. Groves High School, Beverly Hills (No. 708)
Novi High School, Novi (No. 740)
Chelsea High School, Chelsea (No. 769)
Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor (No. 772)
Skyline High School, Ann Arbor (No. 819)
Walled Lake Northern High School, Commerce Township (No. 883)
Grosse Pointe North High School, Grosse Pointe Woods (No. 891)
Athens High School, Troy (No. 904)
Bloomfield Hills High School, Bloomfield Hills (No. 948)
Michigan Mathematics and Science Academy, Center Line (No. 1044)
Huron High School, Ann Arbor (No. 1096)
South Lyon East High School, South Lyon (No. 1107)
Plymouth High School, Canton (No. 1142)
Dexter High School, Dexter (No. 1244)
Stevenson High School, Livonia (No. 1264)
Canton High School, Canton (No. 1328)
West Bloomfield High School, West Bloomfield (No. 1364)
Crestwood High School, Dearborn Heights (No. 1385)
Salem High School, Canton (No. 1504)
Berkley High School, Berkley (No. 1520)
Eisenhower High School, Shelby Township (No. 1630)
Grosse Ile High School, Grosse Ile (No. 1631)
Allen Park High School, Allen Park (No. 1706)
Lake Orion Community High School, Lake Orion (No. 1739)
Henry Ford II High School, Sterling Heights (No. 1771)
Royal Oak High School, Royal Oak (No. 1861)
University High School Academy, Southfield (No. 1945)
Churchill High School, Livonia (No. 2398)
South Lyon High School, South Lyon (No. 2407)
Dearborn High School, Dearborn (No. 2507)
Adlai Stevenson High School, Sterling Heights (No. 2618)
Ferndale High School, Ferndale (No. 2694)
This post was originally published in 2014 and is updated regularly.