2023 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 2023 school year. Did your community make the cut?

As parents, we’re always asking for top marks from our kids. But do we get the same out of their schools?

Every year, 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 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 2023 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. Novi Community School District, Novi (A+)
  2. Troy School District, Troy (A+)
  3. Northville Public Schools, Northville (A+)
  4. Okemos Public Schools, Okemos (A+)
  5. Birmingham Public Schools, Beverly Hills (A+)
  6. Bloomfield Hills Schools, Bloomfield Hills (A+)
  7. Saline Area Schools, Saline (A+)
  8. Ann Arbor Public Schools, Ann Arbor (A+)
  9. Oakland Schools, Waterford (A+)
  10. Grosse Pointe Public Schools, Grosse Pointe (A+)
  11. Rochester Community School District, Rochester (A+)
  12. East Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand Rapids (A+)
  13. Forest Hills Public Schools, Grand Rapids (A+)
  14. St. Joseph Public Schools, Saint Joseph (A+)
  15. New Buffalo Area Schools, New Buffalo (A+)
  16. West Bloomfield School District, West Bloomfield (A)
  17. East Lansing School District, East Lansing (A)
  18. Portage Public Schools, Portage (A)
  19. Berkley School District, Oak Park (A)
  20. Spring Lake Public Schools, Spring Lake (A)
  21. West Ottawa Public School District, Holland (A)
  22. Black River Public School, Holland (A)
  23. Beaver Island Community School District, Beaver Island (A)
  24. Grandville Public Schools, Grandville (A)
  25. Cheb-Otsego-Presque Isle Elementary School District, Indian River (A)
  26. Sanilac Intermediate School District, Peck (A)
  27. Houghton-Portage Township School District, Houghton (A)
  28. St. Joseph County Intermediate School District, Centreville (A)
  29. Brighton Area Schools, Brighton (A)
  30. Bryon Center Public Schools, Bryon Center (A)
  31. Lake Orion Community Schools, Lake Orion (A)
  32. Copper Country Intermediate School District, Hancock (A)
  33. Tuscola Independent School District, Caro (A)
  34. Chelsea School District, Chelsea (A)
  35. Mackinaw City Public Schools, Mackinaw City (A) 
  36. Haslett Public Schools, Haslett (A)
  37. Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, Plymouth (A)
  38. Dexter Community School District, Dexter (A)
  39. Lakeshore School District (Berrien), Stevensville (A)
  40. Leland Public School District, Leland (A)
  41. Jenison Public Schools, Jenison (A)
  42. Iosco RESA, Tawas City (A)
  43. Grosse Ile Township Schools, Grosse Ile (A)
  44. Midland Public Schools, Midland (A)
  45. Hudsonville Public School District, Hudsonville (A)
  46. Hartland Consolidated Schools, Hartland (A)
  47. Bridgman Public Schools, Bridgman (A)
  48. North Muskegon Public Schools, Muskegon (A)
  49. Woodhaven-Brownstown School District, Woodhaven (A-)
  50. Zeeland Public Schools, Zeeland (A-)
  51. Pewamo-Westphalia Community Schools, Westphalia (A) 
  52. Saugatuck Public Schools, Douglas (A)
  53. Grand Blanc Community Schools, Grand Blanc (A-)
  54. Mona Shores Public School District, Norton Shores (A-)
  55. Gull Lake Community Schools, Richland (A-)
  56. Chippewa Valley Schools, Clinton Township (A-)
  57. Williamston Community Schools, Williamston (A-)
  58. Rockford Public Schools, Rockford (A)
  59. Dewitt Public Schools, Dewitt (A-)
  60. Harbor Springs School District, Harbor Springs (A-)
  61. Farmington Public School District, Farmington (A-)
  62. Walled Lake Consolidated Schools, Walled Lake (A-)
  63. Clarkston Community School District, Clarkston (A-)
  64. Frankenmuth School District, Frankenmuth (A-)
  65. Grand Haven Area Public Schools, Grand Haven (A-)
  66. Frankfort-Elberta Area Schools, Frankfort (A-)
  67. Caledonia Community Schools, Caledonia (A-)
  68. Utica Community Schools, Sterling Heights (A-)
  69. Mattawan Consolidated School, Mattawan (A-)
  70. Genesee Independent School District, Flint (A-)
  71. Royal Oak Schools, Royal Oak (A-) 
  72. Lowell Area Schools, Lowell (B+)
  73. Breitung Township School District, Kingsford (B+)
  74. Allendale Public Schools, Allendale (B+)
  75. Swan Valley School District, Saginaw (B+)
  76. Northview Public Schools, Grand Rapids (B+)
  77. Oxford Community Schools, Oxford (B+)
  78. Livonia Public Schools School District, Livonia (B+)
  79. Kingsley Area Schools, Kingsley (B+) 
  80. Sparta Area Schools, Sparta (B+) 
  81. South Lyon Community Schools, South Lyon (B+)
  82. New Lothrop Area Public Schools, New Lothrop (B+) 
  83. Northport Public School District, Northport (B+) 
  84. Allegan Area Educational Service Agency (NOW CLOSED) 
  85. Mackinac Island Public Schools, Mackinac Island (B+)
  86. Schoolcraft Community Schools, Schoolcraft (B+)
  87. Traverse City Area Public Schools, Traverse City (B+)
  88. Shiawassee Regional Elementary School District, Corunna (B+)
  89. Clinton Community Schools, Clinton (B+) 
  90. Fraser Public Schools, Fraser (B+)
  91. Vicksburg Community Schools, Vicksburg (B+)
  92. Public Schools of Petoskey, Petoskey (B+) 
  93. Kentwood Public Schools, Grand Rapids (B+)
  94. Charlevoix Public Schools, Charlevoix (B+)
  95. Ludington Area School District, Ludington (B+) 
  96. Elk Rapids Schools, Elk Rapids (B+)
  97. Chesaning Union Schools, Chesaning (B+) 
  98. Pentwater Public School District, Pentwater (B+) 
  99. Grand Ledge Public Schools, Grand Ledge (B+)
  100. Mason Public Schools, Mason (B+) 

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

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