2020 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 2020 school year. Did your community make the cut?

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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 2020 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. Novi Community School District, Novi (A+)
  2. Troy School District, Troy (A+)
  3. Bloomfield Hills Schools, Bloomfield Hills (A+)
  4. Grosse Pointe Public Schools, Grosse Pointe (A+)
  5. Northville Public Schools, Northville (A+)
  6. Saline Area Schools, Saline (A+)
  7. Birmingham Public Schools, Beverly Hills (A+)
  8. Okemos Public Schools, Okemos (A+)
  9. Rochester Community School District, Rochester (A+)
  10. Forest Hills Public Schools, Grand Rapids (A+)
  11. Ann Arbor Public Schools, Ann Arbor (A+)
  12. East Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand Rapids (A+)
  13. St. Joseph Public Schools, Saint Joseph (A+)
  14. Oakland Schools, Waterford (A+)
  15. Portage Public Schools, Portage (A+)
  16. West Ottawa Public School District, Holland (A)
  17. Brighton Area Schools, Brighton (A)
  18. Spring Lake Public Schools, Spring Lake (A)
  19. Lake Orion Community Schools, Lake Orion (A)
  20. Midland Public Schools, Midland (A)
  21. Haslett Public Schools, Haslett (A)
  22. Chelsea School District, Chelsea (A)
  23. West Bloomfield School District, West Bloomfield (A)
  24. North Muskegon Public Schools, Muskegon (A)
  25. Grosse Ile Township Schools, Grosse Ile (A)
  26. Hartland Consolidated Schools, Hartland (A)
  27. Hudsonville Public School District, Hudsonville (A)
  28. Leland Public School District, Leland (A)
  29. New Buffalo Area Schools, New Buffalo (A)
  30. East Lansing School District, East Lansing (A)
  31. Houghton-Portage Township School District, Houghton (A)
  32. Van Buren Intermediate School District, Lawrence (A)
  33. Berkley School District, Oak Park (A)
  34. Black River Public School, Holland (A)
  35. Dexter Community School District, Dexter (A)
  36. Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, Plymouth (A)
  37. Grandville Public Schools, Grandville (A)
  38. Bryon Center Public Schools, Bryon Center (A)
  39. Jenison Public Schools, Jenison (A)
  40. Lakeshore School District (Berrien), Stevensville (A)
  41. Beaver Island Community School District, Beaver Island (A)
  42. Tuscola Independent School District, Caro (A)
  43. Williamston Community Schools, Williamston (A)
  44. Walled Lake Consolidated Schools, Walled Lake (A)
  45. Rockford Public Schools, Rockford (A)
  46. Huron Intermediate School District, Bad Axe (A)
  47. Caledonia Community Schools, Caledonia (A)
  48. West Shore Educational Service School District, Ludington (A)
  49. Lowell Area Schools, Lowell (A)
  50. Cheb-Otsego-Presque Isle Elementary School District, Indian River (A)
  51. Sanilac Intermediate School District, Peck (A)
  52. Grand Blanc Community Schools, Grand Blanc (A)
  53. Iosco RESA, Tawas City (A-)
  54. Grand Haven Area Public Schools, Grand Haven (A-)
  55. Allegan Area Educational Service Agency, Allegan (A-)
  56. Chippewa Valley Schools, Clinton Township (A-)
  57. Gull Lake Community Schools, Richland (A-)
  58. Mattawan Consolidated School, Mattawan (A-)
  59. Pewamo-Westphalia Community Schools, Westphalia (A-)
  60. Dewitt Public Schools, Dewitt (A-)
  61. Copper Country Intermediate School District, Hancock (A-)
  62. Zeeland Public Schools, Zeeland (A-)
  63. Muskegon Area Intermediate School District, Muskegon (A-)
  64. Bridgman Public Schools, Bridgman (A-)
  65. Mona Shores Public School District, Norton Shores (A-)
  66. Farmington Public School District, Farmington (A-)
  67. Saugatuck Public Schools, Douglas (A-)
  68. Clarkston Community School District, Clarkston (A-)
  69. St. Joseph County Intermediate School District, Centreville (A-)
  70. Livonia Public Schools School District, Livonia (A-)
  71. Coopersville Area Public School District, Coopersville (A-)
  72. Frankenmuth School District, Frankenmuth (A-)
  73. Breitung Township School District, Kingsford (A-)
  74. Kentwood Public Schools, Grand Rapids (A-)
  75. Mackinaw City Public Schools, Mackinaw City (A-)
  76. Otsego Public Schools, Otsego (A-)
  77. Livingston Educational Service Agency, Howell (A-)
  78. New Lothrop Area Public Schools, New Lothrop (A-)
  79. Northview Public Schools, Grand Rapids (A-)
  80. St. Johns Public Schools, St. Johns (A-) 
  81. Utica Community Schools, Sterling Heights (A-)
  82. Woodhaven-Brownstown School District, Woodhaven (A-)
  83. Crawford AuSable Schools, Grayling (A-)
  84. Trenton Public Schools, Trenton (A-)
  85. Montcalm Area Intermediate School District, Stanton (A-)
  86. Elk Rapids Schools, Elk Rapids (A-)
  87. Allendale Public Schools, Allendale (A-)
  88. Fraser Public Schools, Fraser (A-)
  89. Swan Valley School District, Saginaw (A-)
  90. Marquette Area Public Schools, Marquette (A-)
  91. Harbor Springs School District, Harbor Springs (B+)
  92. South Lyon Community Schools, South Lyon (B+)
  93. Genesee Independent School District, Flint (B+)
  94. Kingsley Area Schools, Kingsley (B+)
  95. Vicksburg Community Schools, Vicksburg (B+)
  96. Plainwell Community Schools, Plainwell (B+)
  97. Frankfort-Elberta Area Schools, Frankfort (B+)
  98. Riverview Community School District, Riverview (B+)
  99. Tawas Area Schools, Tawas City (B+)
  100. NICE Community Schools, Ishpeming (B+)
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This post was originally published in 2017 and is updated regularly. 

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