Three Michigan high schools are among the top 100 in the country, according to the new 2019 US News & World Report Best High Schools rankings – with the International Academy of Macomb in Clinton Township rated as No. 8.

The other top local schools were International Academy in Bloomfield Hills at No. 43 and Washtenaw International High School in Ypsilanti at No. 83.

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 data from more than 23,000 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 2017-18 school year was the main focus.

The ranking method

This year, U.S. News replaced the former four-step process with one that bases a school performance on six factors: college curriculum breadth, math and reading proficiency, math and reading performance, underserved student performance, graduation rate and college readiness.

Each school is scored in each one of these areas. Those scores are then standardized and then divided by standard  deviations (how far apart the scores are from one another) and then weighted in each area.

Those weighted scores, were then transformed into a percentile score between zero and 100.

The overall score indicates a school’s position out of the final 17,245 schools that were ranked. That means 20 percent of schools rank higher than a school with a score of 80, and 80 percent rank lower.

That overall score was then rounded two decimal places to show how close the schools are to one another. This change in methodology allows high schools to be ranked more accurately, and on both a state and federal level.

The local winners

Curious where your child’s high school fell? We’ve rounded up the top 50 Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne county schools that scored highest and provided both their state and national ranking.

All schools listed here are in numerical order locally. Their overall state score is listed in the parenthesis, followed by their national score.

  1. International Academy of Macomb, Clinton Township (state #1, national #8)
  2. International Academy, Bloomfield Hills (state #3, national #43)
  3. Washtenaw International High School, Ypsilanti (state #4, national #83)
  4. Rochester Adams High School, Rochester Hills (state #5, national #269)
  5. Troy High School, Troy (state #7, national #349)
  6. Northville High School, Northville (state #8, national #385)
  7. Ernest W. Seaholm High School, Birmingham (state #9, national #388)
  8. Skyline High School, Ann Arbor (state #10, national #408)
  9. Saline High School, Saline (state #14, national #584)
  10. Huron High School, Ann Arbor (state #17, national #654)
  11. Novi High School, Novi (state #19, national #671)
  12. Stoney Creek High School, Rochester Hills (state #21, national #706)
  13. Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor (state #22, national # 53)
  14. Grosse Pointe South High School, Grosse Pointe Farms (state #23, national #759)
  15. University High School Academy, Lathrup Village (state #25, national #834)
  16. Athens High School, Troy (state #26, national #881)
  17. Grosse Pointe North High School, Grosse Pointe Woods (state #27, national #909)
  18. Canton High School, Canton (state #30, national #992)
  19. Dexter High School, Dexter (state #31, national #1056)
  20. Bloomfield Hills High School, Bloomfield Hills (state #32, national #1111)
  21. Chelsea High School, Chelsea (state #33, national #1150)
  22. Wylie E. Groves High School, Beverly Hills (state #34, national #1179)
  23. Salem High School, Canton (state #35, national #1192)
  24. Walled Lake Northern High School, Commerce Township (state #36, national #1214)
  25. Plymouth High School, Canton (state #41, national #1256)
  26. Crestwood High School, Dearborn Heights (state #43, national #1326)
  27. Royal Oak High School, Royal Oak (state #51, national #1533)
  28. Rochester High School, Rochester Hills (state #52, national #1556)
  29. West Bloomfield High School, West Bloomfield (state #53, national #1572)
  30. Community High School, Ann Arbor (state #55, national #1622)
  31. Eisenhower High School, Shelby Township (state #56, national #1657)
  32. Stevenson High School, Livonia (state #58, national #1690)
  33. Lake Orion Community High School, Lake Orion (state #60, national #1721)
  34. Berkley High School, Berkley (state #62, national #1807)
  35. Renaissance High School, Detroit (state #66, national #1868)
  36. Canton Preparatory High School, Canton (state #67, national #1873)
  37. South Lyon East High School, South Lyon (state #70, national #1904)
  38. Grosse Ile High School, Grosse Ile (state #72, national #1916)
  39. North Farmington High School, Farmington Hills (state #75, national #1934)
  40. South Lyon High School, South Lyon (state #82, national #2266)
  41. Henry Ford II High School, Sterling Heights (state #84, national #2312)
  42. Allen Park High School, Allen Park (state #87, national #2362)
  43. Farmington High School, Farmington (state#89, national #2391)
  44. Adlai Stevenson High School, Sterling Heights (state #90, national #2431)
  45. Churchill High School, Livonia (state #99, national #2655)
  46. Milan High School, Milan (state #108, national #2889)
  47. Walled Lake Central High School (state #112, national #3058)
  48. Harrison High School, Farmington Hills (state #113, national #3068)
  49. Lakeland High School, White Lake (state #114, national #3107)
  50. Michigan Mathematics and Science Academy, Center Line (state #115, national #3142)

Looking for even more school data? Check out the latest public elementary school and the middle school rankings.

This post was originally published in 2014 and is updated regularly.