Best School Districts for Athletes in Michigan

See how your local school stacks up against the best in the state.

A child with a talent for sports thrives most in a school with a good athletic program.

Some districts in Michigan are better than others when it comes to student athletics. Niche, a data-analyzing website focused on schools, has graded some of the best schools for athletes in Michigan. The results stem from U.S. Department of Education data, student and parent surveys, test scores and other categories.

Where do some of Michigan’s schools rank in the list? Below are the top 25 schools for athletes in Michigan, according to Niche:

  1. Saline Area Schools, Saline (A+)
  2. Rockford Public Schools, Rockford (A-)
  3. Kentwood Public Schools, Grand Rapids (A-)
  4. East Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand Rapids (A+)
  5. Clarkston Community School District, Clarkston (A-)
  6. Chelsea School District, Chelsea (A)
  7. Forest Hills Public Schools, Grand Rapids (A+)
  8. Hartland Consolidated Schools, Howell (A)
  9. Brighton Area Schools, Brighton (A)
  10. Van Buren Public Schools, Belleville (B)
  11. Zeeland Public Schools, Zeeland (A)
  12. Lakeshore School District, Stevensville (A)
  13. Grand Blanc Community Schools, Grand Blanc (A-)
  14. Dewitt Public Schools, Dewitt (A-)
  15. Lake Orion Community Schools, Lake Orion (A)
  16. Freeland Community School District, Freeland (B+)
  17. Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, Plymouth (A)
  18. East Lansing School District, East Lansing (A+)
  19. Birmingham Public Schools, Beverly Hills (A+)
  20. Hudsonville Public School District, Hudsonville (A)
  21. Mona Shores Public School District, Norton Shores (A)
  22. Davison Community Schools, Davison (B)
  23. Grosse Pointe Public School System, Grosse Pointe Woods (A+)
  24. Pewamo-Westphalia Community Schools, Westphalia (A)
  25. Williamston Community Schools, Williamston (A-)

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Amanda Rahn
Amanda Rahn
Amanda Rahn is a freelance journalist, copy editor and proud Detroiter. She is a graduate of Wayne State University’s journalism school and of the Columbia Publishing Course at Oxford University. Amanda is a lover of translated contemporary fiction, wines from Jura and her dog, Lottie.


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