Best High Schools in Michigan? US News & World Report Weighs In

Learn how U.S. News scored the schools and which ones were dubbed both the best high schools in Michigan and where they rank across the country.

Three Michigan high schools are among the top 100 in the country, according to the new 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools rankings — with City High Middle School in Grand Rapids rated as No. 18.

The other top local schools were International Academy of Macomb in Clinton Township at No. 21 and International Academy in Bloomfield Hills at No. 52

The U.S. 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 U.S. News looked at data from more than 24,000 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 2020-21 school year was the main focus.

The ranking method

This year, U.S. News based their school performance ratings on six factors: college readiness, state assessment proficiency, state assessment performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rate.

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 approximately 18,000 final schools that were ranked. That means 20% of schools rank higher than a school with a score of 80, and 80% 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 #2, national #21)
  2. International Academy, Bloomfield Hills (state #3, national #52)
  3. Washtenaw International High School, Ypsilanti (state #4, national #107)
  4. Troy High School, Troy (state #5, national #267)
  5. Rochester Adams High School, Rochester Hills (state #6, national #273)
  6. Novi High School, Novi (state #7, national #441)
  7. Northville High School, Northville (state #8, national #442)
  8. Grosse Pointe South High School, Grosse Pointe Farms (state #9, national #475)
  9. Skyline High School, Ann Arbor (state #10, national #493)
  10. University High School Academy, Lathrup Village (state #11, national #517)
  11. Athens High School, Troy (state #12, national #541)
  12. Ernest W. Seaholm High School, Birmingham (state #15, national #660)
  13. Stoney Creek High School, Rochester Hills (state #18, national #731)
  14. Saline High School, Saline (state #20, national #755)
  15. Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor (state #22, national #818)
  16. Wylie E. Groves High School, Beverly Hills (state #23, national #874)
  17. Canton High School, Canton (state #25, national #909)
  18. Chelsea High School, Chelsea (state #30, national #1,094)
  19. Renaissance High School, Detroit (state #32, national #1,123)
  20. Huron High School, Ann Arbor (state #34, national #1,190)
  21. Salem High School, Canton (state #35, national #1,217)
  22. Plymouth High School, Canton (state #36, national #1,240)
  23. Rochester High School, Rochester Hills (state #41, national #1,298)
  24. South Lyon High School, South Lyon (state #43, national #1,375)
  25. Dexter High School, Dexter (state #45, national #1,430)
  26. Community High School, Ann Arbor (state #47, national #1,488)
  27. Bloomfield Hills High School, Bloomfield Hills (state #49, national #1,504)
  28. Canton Preparatory High School, Canton (state #50, national #1,584)
  29. Grosse Pointe North High School, Grosse Pointe Woods (state #51, national #1,650)
  30. Crestwood High School, Dearborn Heights (state #52, national #1,720)
  31. South Lyon East High School, South Lyon (state #54, national #1,774)
  32. Eisenhower High School, Shelby Township (state #56, national #1,792)
  33. Walled Lake Northern High School, Commerce Township (state #57, national #1,826)
  34. Berkley High School, Berkley (state #61, national #2,023)
  35. Adlai Stevenson High School, Sterling Heights (state #65, national #2,095)
  36. Grosse Ile High School, Grosse Ile (state #66, national #2,098)
  37. Royal Oak High School, Royal Oak (state #71, national #2,199)
  38. Lake Orion Community High School, Lake Orion (state #75, national #2,337)
  39. Henry Ford II High School, Sterling Heights (state #78, national #2,367)
  40. Star International Academy, Dearborn Heights (state #80, national #2,407)
  41. Cass Technical High School, Detroit (state #82, national #2,481)
  42. Allen Park High School, Allen Park (state #83, national #2497)
  43. Stevenson High School, Livonia (state #84, national #2,499)
  44. West Bloomfield High School, West Bloomfield (state #88, national #2,566)
  45. North Farmington High School, Farmington Hills (state #89, national #2,569)
  46. Farmington High School, Farmington (state #90, national #2,601)
  47. Churchill High School, Livonia (state #95, national #2,697)
  48. Walled Lake Western High School, Commerce Township (state #100, national #2,978)
  49. Dearborn High School, Dearborn (state #110, national #3,276)
  50. Walled Lake Central High School, Commerce Township (state #115, national #3,332)

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. 

Follow Metro Parent on Instagram


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -


Best Food Trucks in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Check out these restaurants on wheels at local spots and festivals in southeastern Michigan.

Yoga for Kids: Moves and Poses to Try

Yoga for kids can foster bedtime calm, bonding, relaxation and healthy self-image.

Family Museum Guide: The Detroit Institute of Arts

Read our family-friendly tips before visiting this art museum with your kids.

Best Art Classes for Kids in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Sign your little artist up for a class designed to express their creative side.

- Advertisement -