2021 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 2021 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 2021 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. Northville Public Schools, Northville (A+)
  3. Troy School District, Troy (A+)
  4. Okemos Public Schools, Okemos (A+)
  5. Bloomfield Hills Schools, Bloomfield Hills (A+)
  6. Birmingham Public Schools, Beverly Hills (A+)
  7. Oakland Schools, Waterford (A+)
  8. Grosse Pointe Public Schools, Grosse Pointe (A+)
  9. Saline Area Schools, Saline (A+)
  10. Ann Arbor Public Schools, Ann Arbor (A+)
  11. St. Joseph Public Schools, Saint Joseph (A+)
  12. Forest Hills Public Schools, Grand Rapids (A+)
  13. East Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand Rapids (A+)
  14. Rochester Community School District, Rochester (A+)
  15. North Muskegon Public Schools, Muskegon (A)
  16. Chelsea School District, Chelsea (A)
  17. Portage Public Schools, Portage (A)
  18. Van Buren Intermediate School District, Lawrence (A)
  19. West Bloomfield School District, West Bloomfield (A)
  20. Spring Lake Public Schools, Spring Lake (A)
  21. East Lansing School District, East Lansing (A)
  22. Lake Orion Community Schools, Lake Orion (A)
  23. West Ottawa Public School District, Holland (A)
  24. Hudsonville Public School District, Hudsonville (A)
  25. Berkley School District, Oak Park (A)
  26. Dexter Community School District, Dexter (A)
  27. Brighton Area Schools, Brighton (A)
  28. Williamston Community Schools, Williamston (A)
  29. Bryon Center Public Schools, Bryon Center (A)
  30. Midland Public Schools, Midland (A)
  31. Haslett Public Schools, Haslett (A)
  32. Grandville Public Schools, Grandville (A)
  33. New Buffalo Area Schools, New Buffalo (A)
  34. Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, Plymouth (A)
  35. Jenison Public Schools, Jenison (A)
  36. Hartland Consolidated Schools, Hartland (A)
  37. Grosse Ile Township Schools, Grosse Ile (A)
  38. Beaver Island Community School District, Beaver Island (A)
  39. St. Clair County RESA, Marysville (A)
  40. Houghton-Portage Township School District, Houghton (A)
  41. Tuscola Independent School District, Caro (A)
  42. Huron Intermediate School District, Bad Axe (A)
  43. Lakeshore School District (Berrien), Stevensville (A)
  44. Walled Lake Consolidated Schools, Walled Lake (A)
  45. Saugatuck Public Schools, Douglas (A)
  46. Lowell Area Schools, Lowell (A)
  47. Cheb-Otsego-Presque Isle Elementary School District, Indian River (A-)
  48. Grand Blanc Community Schools, Grand Blanc (A-)
  49. Chippewa Valley Schools, Clinton Township (A-)
  50. Zeeland Public Schools, Zeeland (A-)
  51. Harbor Springs School District, Harbor Springs (A-)
  52. Dewitt Public Schools, Dewitt (A-)
  53. Rockford Public Schools, Rockford (A-)
  54. Bridgman Public Schools, Bridgman (A-)
  55. Sanilac Intermediate School District, Peck (A-)
  56. Frankenmuth School District, Frankenmuth (A-)
  57. Mona Shores Public School District, Norton Shores (A-)
  58. Leland Public School District, Leland (A-)
  59. St. Joseph County Intermediate School District, Centreville (A-)
  60. Black River Public School, Holland (A-)
  61. Iosco RESA, Tawas City (A-)
  62. Farmington Public School District, Farmington (A-)
  63. Gull Lake Community Schools, Richland (A-)
  64. Breitung Township School District, Kingsford (A-)
  65. Caledonia Community Schools, Caledonia (A-)
  66. Montcalm Area Intermediate School District, Stanton (A-)
  67. Livonia Public Schools School District, Livonia (A-)
  68. Clarkston Community School District, Clarkston (A-)
  69. Allendale Public Schools, Allendale (A-)
  70. Grand Haven Area Public Schools, Grand Haven (A-)
  71. Otsego Public Schools, Otsego (A-)
  72. Copper Country Intermediate School District, Hancock (A-)
  73. Utica Community Schools, Sterling Heights (A-)
  74. Elk Rapids Schools, Elk Rapids (A-)
  75. Woodhaven-Brownstown School District, Woodhaven (A-)
  76. Coopersville Area Public School District, Coopersville (A-)
  77. Genesee Independent School District, Flint (A-)
  78. Vicksburg Community Schools, Vicksburg (A-)
  79. Public Schools of Petoskey, Petoskey (A-)
  80. Marysville Public Schools, Marysville (A-)
  81. Mattawan Consolidated School, Mattawan (A-)
  82. Trenton Public Schools, Trenton (B+)
  83. Livingston Educational Service Agency, Howell (B+)
  84. Edwardsburg Public Schools, Edwardsburg (B+)
  85. Northview Public Schools, Grand Rapids (B+)
  86. Schoolcraft Community Schools, Schoolcraft (B+)
  87. South Lyon Community Schools, South Lyon (B+)
  88. Kentwood Public Schools, Grand Rapids (B+)
  89. West Shore Educational Service School District, Ludington (B+)
  90. Sparta Area Schools, Sparta (B+)
  91. Crawford AuSable Schools, Grayling (B+)
  92. Traverse City Area Public Schools, Traverse City (B+)
  93. Thornapple Kellogg School District, Middleville (B+)
  94. St. Johns Public Schools, St. Johns (B+)
  95. Ludington Area School District, Ludington (B+)
  96. Frankfort-Elberta Area Schools, Frankfort (B+)
  97. Allegan Area Educational Service Agency, Allegan (B+)
  98. Marquette Area Schools, Marquette (B+)
  99. Lakeview Public Schools, St. Clair Shores (B+)
  100. Fraser Public Schools, Fraser (B+)

This post was originally published in 2017 and is updated regularly.

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