2022 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 2022 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 2022 school year.

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

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

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