2019 Best School Districts in Michigan According to Niche

The data-crunching website has released its list that ranks the best school districts in Michigan for the 2019 school year. Did your community make the cut?


As parents, we’re always asking for top marks out of our kids. But do we get the same out of their schools?

Every year, as the summer winds down and the school year picks back up, the school/neighborhood public-data-analyzing website Niche does its homework and tests school districts across the country to make sure they’re up to snuff.

Based on data from the Department of Education – along with student and parent surveys, test scores, college data and more – Niche calculates a score for each category and then an overall score for each district. From there, the site gives each district a numerical ranking and assigns each a grade. Finally, it releases the findings so parents across the nation can pick the best school for their rising scholars – or at least get a sense of how their district’s doing.

So, whether you’re looking for a new school or just want to be sure that junior is at one of the best school districts in Michigan, check out Niche’s top 100 districts and its complete findings for the 2019 school year (including a few other B-students that didn’t quite make the top 100). Don’t forget to take a peek at Niche’s results for the best public elementary schools, the top public middle schools and Michigan’s safest school districts, too.

  1. Bloomfield Hills Schools, Bloomfield Hills (A+)
  2. Okemos Public Schools, Okemos (A+)
  3. Troy School District, Troy (A+)
  4. Birmingham Public Schools, Beverly Hills (A+)
  5. Grosse Pointe Public Schools, Grosse Pointe (A+)
  6. Novi Community School District, Novi (A+)
  7. Saline Area Schools, Saline (A+)
  8. Forest Hills Public Schools, Grand Rapids (A+)
  9. Northville Public Schools, Northville (A+)
  10. East Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand Rapids (A+)
  11. Rochester Community School District, Rochester (A+)
  12. Ann Arbor Public Schools, Ann Arbor (A+)
  13. Oakland Schools, Waterford (A)
  14. Midland Public Schools, Midland (A)
  15. Chelsea School District, Chelsea (A)
  16. North Muskegon Public Schools, Muskegon (A)
  17. Haslett Public Schools, Haslett (A)
  18. West Ottawa Public School District, Holland (A)
  19. St. Joseph Public Schools, Saint Joseph (A)
  20. Portage Public Schools, Portage (A)
  21. Sanilac Intermediate School District, Peck (A)
  22. Spring Lake Public Schools, Spring Lake (A)
  23. Grandville Public Schools, Grandville (A)
  24. Berkley School District, Oak Park (A)
  25. East Lansing School District, East Lansing (A)
  26. Brighton Area Schools, Brighton (A-)
  27. Grosse Ile Township Schools, Grosse Ile (A-)
  28. Black River Public School, Holland (A-)
  29. Walled Lake Consolidated Schools, Walled Lake (A-)
  30. Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, Plymouth (A-)
  31. Dexter Community School District, Dexter (A-)
  32. Lake Orion Community Schools, Lake Orion (A-)
  33. West Bloomfield School District, West Bloomfield (A-)
  34. Mona Shores Public School District, Norton Shores (A-)
  35. Jenison Public Schools, Jenison (A-)
  36. Caledonia Community Schools, Caledonia (A-)
  37. West Shore Educational Service School District, Ludington (A-)
  38. Huron Intermediate School District, Bad Axe (A-)
  39. Hartland Consolidated Schools, Hartland (A-)
  40. Williamston Community Schools, Williamston (A-)
  41. Lakeshore School District (Berrien), Stevensville (A-)
  42. Leland Public School District, Leland (A-)
  43. Trenton Public Schools, Trenton (A-)
  44. Frankenmuth School District, Frankenmuth (A-)
  45. Rockford Public Schools, Rockford (A-)
  46. Fraser Public Schools, Fraser (A-)
  47. Bridgman Public Schools, Bridgman (B+)
  48. Pewamo-Westphalia Community Schools, Westphalia (B+)
  49. Houghton-Portage Township School District, Houghton (B+)
  50. Van Buren Intermediate School District, Lawrence (B+)
  51. Coopersville Area Public School District, Coopersville (B+)
  52. Iosco RESA, Tawas City (B+)
  53. Swan Valley School District, Saginaw (B+)
  54. Mattawan Consolidated School, Mattawan (B+)
  55. Copper Country Intermediate School District, Hancock (B+)
  56. New Buffalo Area Schools, New Buffalo (B+)
  57. Saugatuck Public Schools, Douglas (B+)
  58. Dewitt Public Schools, Dewitt (B+)
  59. Grand Haven Area Public Schools, Grand Haven (B+)
  60. Livonia Public Schools School District, Livonia (B+)
  61. Lowell Area Schools, Lowell (B+)
  62. Bay-Arenac Intermediate School District, Bay City (B+)
  63. Hudsonville Public School District, Hudsonville (B+)
  64. Utica Community Schools, Sterling Heights (B+)
  65. Farmington Public School District, Farmington (B+)
  66. Bryon Center Public Schools, Bryon Center (B+)
  67. Kentwood Public Schools, Grand Rapids (B+)
  68. Beaver Island Community School District, Beaver Island (B+)
  69. Zeeland Public Schools, Zeeland (B+)
  70. Grand Blanc Community Schools, Grand Blanc (B+)
  71. Public Schools of Petoskey, Petoskey (B+)
  72. Branch Intermediate School District, Coldwater (B+)
  73. Chippewa Valley Schools, Clinton Township (B+)
  74. Marysville Public Schools, Marysville (B+)
  75. New Lothrop Area Public Schools, New Lothrop (B+)
  76. Northview Public Schools, Grand Rapids (B+)
  77. Clarkston Community School District, Clarkston (B+)
  78. South Lyon Community Schools, South Lyon (B+)
  79. St. Joseph County Intermediate School District, Centreville (B+)
  80. Traverse City Area Public Schools, Traverse City (B+)
  81. Breitung Township School District, Kingsford (B+)
  82. Boyne City Public Schools, Boyne City (B)
  83. Riverview Community School District, Riverview (B)
  84. Otsego Public Schools, Otsego (B)
  85. Livingston Educational Service Agency, Howell (B)
  86. Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service School District, Clare (B)
  87. Marquette Area Public Schools, Marquette (B)
  88. Northport Public School District, Northport (B)
  89. Crestwood School District, Dearborn Heights (B)
  90. Woodhaven-Brownstown School District, Woodhaven (B)
  91. Muskegon Area Intermediate School District, Muskegon (B)
  92. Hart Public School District, Hart (B)
  93. Lakeview Public Schools (Macomb), St. Clair Shores (B)
  94. Madison School District (Lenawee), Adrian (B)
  95. Montcalm Area Intermediate School District, Stanton (B)
  96. Lakeview School District (Calhoun), Battle Creek (B)
  97. Allendale Public Schools, Allendale (B)
  98. Gull Lake Community Schools, Richland (B)
  99. Hamilton Community Schools, Hamilton (B)
  100. Huron Valley Schools, Highland (B)
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This post was originally published in 2017 and is updated regularly.