Michigan School Rating Results Released

The Michigan Department of Education's Michigan School Index System grades based on overall student performance. The most recent results are in. How did your child's school do?

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How well do you think your child’s school is doing compared to others? If you’re like a lot of Michigan parents, you’re probably not sure. After all, there are a lot of schools in Michigan, and the school ranking system can be a bit hard to follow.

In order to nix some of that confusion, the Michigan Department of Education overhauled its top-to-bottom school ranking system, which gave a percentile ranking based on where each school falls on a list, and replaced it with the Michigan School Index System, which gives each school a numerical score from zero to 100, MLive reported in 2018.

To calculate this number, each school is scored in six areas: improvement on state exams, student proficiency on state exams, if the school offers art, music, library and gym classes, graduation rates, how well English learners do on state exams and how many students are tested.

A percentage of each of these areas, 34, 29, 14, 10, 10 and 3 percent, respectively, make up the final number. Any schools that score below 30 need improvement.

If you’re wondering where your child’s school falls in this ranking system, the Michigan Department of Education released the results for the 2017-18 school year, and Metro Parent compiled the five top and five bottom ranked schools in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. If your child’s school isn’t on the list, check out the 2017-18 Accountability Master Results File on Michigan.gov.

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Please note that this system isn’t foolproof and some schools may appear higher or lower on the list based on a lack of data. For example, a school may rank 90 in graduation rates and have no data for any other area, giving the school a 90. Likewise, a school might earn a zero score for extracurriculars and have no data in any other area, which would earn the school a zero.

For these reasons, we have opted not to list schools at zero or 100 when the majority of categories had no data. Instead, we have listed them with a disclaimer.

Top performers

Macomb County

School: Dean A. Naldrett School
District: Warren Consolidated Schools
Grades: K-5
Overall School Index: 99.21

School: Middle School Mathematic Science Technology Center
District: Warren Consolidated Schools
Grades: 6-8
Overall School Index: 99.05

School: Hamilton-Parsons Elementary School
District: Romeo Community Schools
Grades: K-5
Overall School Index: 98.91

School: Messmore Elementary School
District: Utica Community Schools
Grades: K-6
Overall School Index: 98.78

School: Macomb Math Science Technology Center
District: Warren Consolidated Schools
Grades: 9-12
Overall School Index: 97.73

Note: The International Academy of Macomb and the Frederick V. Pankow Center earned 100 but lacked some data when they were scored.

Oakland County

School: Oxford Schools Early College
District: Oxford Community Schools
Grades: 9-12
Overall School index: 99.97

School: Pierce Elementary School
District: Birmingham Public Schools
Grades: K-5
Overall School index: 99.95

School: Wass Elementary School
District: Troy School District
Grades: K-5
Overall School index: 99.89

School: Leonard Elementary School
District: Troy School District
Grades: K-5
Overall School index: 99.86

School: Hamilton Elementary School
District: Troy School District
Grades: K-5
Overall School index: 99.83

Note: International Academy, Beverly Elementary School, Harlan Elementary School, Quarton Elementary and Long Meadow Elementary School all scored 100, but each of these schools lacked some data when they were scored.

Washtenaw County

School: Angell School
District: Ann Arbor Public Schools
Grades: K-5
Overall School index: 99.97

School: Washtenaw International High School
District: Washtenaw ISD
Grades: 9-12
Overall School index: 99.75

School: Washtenaw Technical Middle College
District: Washtenaw Technical Middle College
Grades: 9-12
Overall School index: 99.75

School: Early College Alliance
District: Washtenaw ISD
Grades: 9-12
Overall School index: 99.74

School: Woodland Meadows Elementary School
District: Saline Area Schools
Grades: K-3
Overall School index: 99.71

Wayne County

School: Lewis Maire Elementary School
District: Grosse Pointe Public Schools
Grades: K-5
Overall School index: 99.92

School: Moraine Elementary School
District: Northville Public Schools
Grades: K-5
Overall School index: 99.40

School: Webster Elementary School
District: Livonia Public Schools School District
Grades: 1-6
Overall School index: 99.38

School: Dearborn STEM Middle School
District: Dearborn City School District
Grades: 6-8
Overall School index: 99.36

School: Winchester Elementary School
District: Northville Public Schools
Grades: K-5
Overall School index: 99.34

Note: Henry Ford Early College – Advanced Manufacturing, Henry Ford Early College and the Huron Al Center Program all scored 100, but each of these schools lacked some data when they were scored.

Low performers

Macomb County

School: Eastpointe Alternative Center
District: Eastpointe Community Schools
Grades: 9-12
Overall School index: 2.66

School: L’Anse Creuse – Mount Clemens Center for Lifelong Learning
District: L’Anse Creuse Public Schools
Grades: 9-12
Overall School index: 4.02

School: Eastpointe Virtual Academy
District: Eastpointe Community Schools
Grades: 6-12
Overall School index: 5.65

School: Armada Continuing Education Center
District: Armada Area Schools
Grades: 9-12
Overall School index: 7.43

School: Creative Learning Center – Dearborn
District: Clintondale Community Schools
Grades: 9-12
Overall School index: 7.85

Oakland County

School: Tier III Intervention Academy
District: Pontiac City School District
Grades: 6-12
Overall School index: 0.70

School: Hazel Park ACCESS Alternative Education Center
District: School District of the City of Hazel Park
Grades: 9-12
Overall School index: 1.19

School: Oxford Crossroads Day School
District: Oxford Community Schools
Grades: K-12
Overall School index: 1.27

School: ASPIRE Leadership Academy
District: Southfield Public School District
Grades: 7-8
Overall School index: 1.35

School: Rochester Adult Education
District: Rochester Community School District
Grades: 10-12
Overall School index: 5.06

Note: Meadows School, Student Support Services and Karl Richter Campus all scored zero but each of these schools lacked some data when they were scored. 

Washtenaw County

School: Dexter Alternative School
District: Dexter Community School District
Grades: K-12
Overall School index: 4.50

School: ACCE
District: Ypsilanti Community Schools
Grades: 9-12
Overall School index: 9.25

School: Milan Alternative Education
District: Milan Area Schools
Grades: 9-12
Overall School index: 11.12

School: Pathways to Success Academic Campus
District: Ann Arbor Public Schools
Grades: 9-12
Overall School index: 13.75

School: Forest School
District: Washtenaw ISD
Grades: K-12
Overall School index: 18.41

Note: Washtenaw County Youth Center scored zero but lacked some data when they were scored. 

Wayne County

School: Turning Point Academy at Henry Ford
District: Detroit Public Schools Community District
Grades: 9-12
Overall School index: 0.45

School: ACE Academy (SDA)
District: ACE Academy (SDA)
Grades: 6-12
Overall School index: 0.68

School: Covenant House Academy Detroit – Southwest Site
District: Covenant House Academy Detroit
Grades: 9-12
Overall School index: 3.14

School: Capstone Academy Charter School (SDA) – South Campus
District: Capstone Academy Charter School
Grades: 4-12
Overall School index: 3.51

School: Covenant House Academy Detroit – East Side
District: Covenant House Academy Detroit
Grades: 9-12
Overall School index: 4.16

Note: Breithaupt Career and Technical Center, Randolph Career and Technical Center, Dearborn Heights Virtual Academy, Flat Rock Academy Virtual Academy K-5, Capestone Academy Charter School – Mayfield and Capstone -Wayne County Juvenile Detention Facility each scored zero but lacked some data when they were scored.

This post was originally published in 2018 and is updated regularly. 

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