Top 10 School Districts

Below are top 10 lists of the most overachieving school districts in the state in 2014. The lists are sorted by grade level, demographics and region, as well as by overall excellence. As with all State Champs rankings, student income levels are factored into every list.

Please note that in the regional lists, not every district listed is an Academic State Champ. Click on the district name to get more information. Go here to search all districts.

Overall

District County Students ASC score* Overall rank
Central Academy Washtenaw 576 114.46 1
Fairview Area School District Oscoda 304 114.34 2
Kingsley Area Schools Grand Traverse 1384 114.2 3
Ashley Community Schools Gratiot 293 114.2 4
Star International Academy Wayne 1586 113.6 5
Riverside Academy Wayne 1059 113.4 6
West MI Academy of Environmental Science Kent 623 112.92 7
Crawford AuSable Schools Crawford 1653 112.3 8
Godwin Heights Public Schools Kent 2274 111.6 9
Frankfort-Elberta Area Schools Benzie 511 111.4 10

* Districts with scores between 99 and 101 are meeting expectations, taking into account the percentage of low-income students. Those districts scoring above 101 are exceeding expectations, and those below 99 are falling short. Go here to search all districts.

Elementary grades

District County Students ASC score* Elementary rank
Martin Luther King, Jr. Education Center Academy Wayne 298 136.6 1
Hamtramck Academy Wayne 493 123.9 2
Vanderbilt Charter Academy Ottawa 459 118.6 3
Godwin Heights Public Schools Kent 2274 118.3 4
Ellsworth Community School Antrim 245 117.9 5
West MI Academy of Environmental Science Kent 623 117.4 6
Onaway Area Community School District Presque Isle 674 116.9 7
North Central Area Schools Menominee 437 116.7 8
Detroit Merit Charter Academy Wayne 734 115.3 9
Academy of Southfield Oakland 319 114.7 10

* Districts with scores between 99 and 101 are meeting expectations, taking into account the percentage of low-income students. Those districts scoring above 101 are exceeding expectations, and those below 99 are falling short. Go here to search all districts.

Middle school grades

District County Students ASC score* Middle school rank
Martin Luther King, Jr. Education Center Academy Wayne 298 140.9 1
Hamtramck Academy Wayne 493 127.5 2
Detroit Merit Charter Academy Wayne 734 117.4 3
Star International Academy Wayne 1586 116.6 4
Ashley Community Schools Gratiot 293 115.9 5
Crawford AuSable Schools Crawford 1653 114.7 6
Burr Oak Community School District St. Joseph 280 114.6 7
Deckerville Community School District Sanilac 585 114.4 8
Joseph K. Lumsden Bahweting Anishnabe Academy Chippewa 463 114.3 9
Central Academy Washtenaw 576 113.9 10

* Districts with scores between 99 and 101 are meeting expectations, taking into account the percentage of low-income students. Those districts scoring above 101 are exceeding expectations, and those below 99 are falling short. Go here to search all districts.

High school grades

District County Students ASC score* High school rank
Ashley Community Schools Gratiot 293 121.1 1
Fairview Area School District Oscoda 304 120.6 2
Star International Academy Wayne 1586 120.2 3
Central Academy Washtenaw 576 120 4
Kingsley Area Schools Grand Traverse 1384 118.8 5
Bloomfield Hills Schools Oakland 5406 118.3 6
Bloomingdale Public School District Van Buren 1210 117.2 7
Riverside Academy Wayne 1059 116.6 8
Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Area Schools Houghton 314 116.5 9
Baldwin Community Schools Lake 561 116 10

* Districts with scores between 99 and 101 are meeting expectations, taking into account the percentage of low-income students. Those districts scoring above 101 are exceeding expectations, and those below 99 are falling short. Go here to search all districts.

Rural school districts

Based on federal education designation for rural.

District County Students ASC score* Overall rank
Fairview Area School District Oscoda 304 114.3 2
Kingsley Area Schools Grand Traverse 1384 114.2 3
Ashley Community Schools Gratiot 293 114.2 4
Frankfort-Elberta Area Schools Benzie 511 111.4 10
North Central Area Schools Menominee 437 109.6 14
Stephenson Area Public Schools Menominee 586 109.5 16
Madison School District (Lenawee) Lenawee 1560 109.2 18
Mason County Eastern Schools Mason 459 109.1 19
Roscommon Area Public Schools Roscommon 1155 109 20
Benzie County Central Schools Benzie 1633 108.8 22

* Districts with scores between 99 and 101 are meeting expectations, taking into account the percentage of low-income students. Those districts scoring above 101 are exceeding expectations, and those below 99 are falling short. Go here to search all districts.

High concentration of low-income students

Districts in which more than 80 percent of students are eligible for a free or reduced-price lunch.

District County Students ASC score* Overall rank
Central Academy Washtenaw 576 114.5 1
Ashley Community Schools Gratiot 293 114.2 4
Star International Academy Wayne 1586 113.6 5
Riverside Academy Wayne 1059 113.4 6
Godwin Heights Public Schools Kent 2274 111.6 9
International Academy of Flint Genesee 1101 109.5 15
Bloomingdale Public School District Van Buren 1210 108.6 26
Baldwin Community Schools Lake 561 107.9 36
Countryside Academy Berrien 596 107.7 38
Covert Public Schools Van Buren 342 107.2 47

* Districts with scores between 99 and 101 are meeting expectations, taking into account the percentage of low-income students. Those districts scoring above 101 are exceeding expectations, and those below 99 are falling short. Go here to search all districts.

Low concentration of low-income students

Districts in which fewer than 20 percent of students are eligible for a free or reduced-price lunch.

District County Students ASC score* Overall rank
Okemos Public Schools Ingham 3997 110 12
Bloomfield Hills Schools Oakland 5406 108.1 33
Rochester Community School District Oakland 14951 107.3 46
South Lyon Community Schools Oakland 7423 106.8 55
East Grand Rapids Public Schools Kent 2995 106.8 57
Troy School District Oakland 12547 106 74
Spring Lake Public Schools Ottawa 2484 104.7 105
Forest Hills Public Schools Kent 10107 104.6 107
Hudsonville Public School District Ottawa 6245 104.3 116
Northville Public Schools Wayne 7302 103.7 129

* Districts with scores between 99 and 101 are meeting expectations, taking into account the percentage of low-income students. Those districts scoring above 101 are exceeding expectations, and those below 99 are falling short. Go here to search all districts.

Michigan regional comparisons

Below are the best districts in each of the state's regions. See map for key.

Region 1

District County Students ASC score* Overall rank
Calumet, Laurium & Keweenaw Houghton 1497 110.8 11
Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Area Schools Houghton 314 109.9 13
North Central Area Schools Menominee 437 109.6 14
Stephenson Area Public Schools Menominee 586 109.5 16
Bessemer Area School District Gogebic 450 107 51
Ironwood Area Schools of Gogebic County Gogebic 837 106 76
West Iron County Public Schools Iron 876 105.8 80
Brimley Area Schools Chippewa 500 105.7 81
Chassell Township School District Houghton 257 105.4 84
Gwinn Area Community Schools Marquette 1117 105.3 89

* Districts with scores between 99 and 101 are meeting expectations, taking into account the percentage of low-income students. Those districts scoring above 101 are exceeding expectations, and those below 99 are falling short. Go here to search all districts.

Region 2

District County Students ASC score* Overall rank
Kingsley Area Schools Grand Traverse 1384 114.2 3
Frankfort-Elberta Area Schools Benzie 511 111.4 10
Benzie County Central Schools Benzie 1633 108.8 22
Ellsworth Community School Antrim 245 108.4 27
Pellston Public Schools Emmet 607 108.2 30
Manton Consolidated Schools Wexford 910 107.2 49
Mesick Consolidated Schools Wexford 637 107.1 50
Boyne City Public Schools Charlevoix 1307 106.7 59
Glen Lake Community Schools Leelanau 770 106.4 63
Leland Public School District Leelanau 426 106.2 70

* Districts with scores between 99 and 101 are meeting expectations, taking into account the percentage of low-income students. Those districts scoring above 101 are exceeding expectations, and those below 99 are falling short. Go here to search all districts.

Region 3

District County Students ASC score* Overall rank
Fairview Area School District Oscoda 304 114.3 2
Crawford AuSable Schools Crawford 1653 112.3 8
Roscommon Area Public Schools Roscommon 1155 109 20
Johannesburg-Lewiston Area Schools Otsego 739 108.6 24
Onaway Area Community School District Presque Isle 674 107.7 37
Houghton Lake Community Schools Roscommon 1442 107.6 39
Hale Area Schools Iosco 462 107.6 40
West Branch-Rose City Area Schools Ogemaw 2060 107.5 41
Cheboygan Area Schools Cheboygan 1897 107.4 44
Gaylord Community Schools Otsego 3041 106.9 54

* Districts with scores between 99 and 101 are meeting expectations, taking into account the percentage of low-income students. Those districts scoring above 101 are exceeding expectations, and those below 99 are falling short. Go here to search all districts.

Region 4

District County Students ASC score* Overall rank
West MI Academy of Environmental Science Kent 623 112.9 7
Godwin Heights Public Schools Kent 2274 111.6 9
Mason County Eastern Schools Mason 459 109.1 19
West Ottawa Public School District Ottawa 7195 108 35
Baldwin Community Schools Lake 561 107.9 36
Byron Center Public Schools Kent 3724 107 52
East Grand Rapids Public Schools Kent 2995 106.8 57
Excel Charter Academy Kent 1388 106.5 61
Grand Haven Area Public Schools Ottawa 6141 106.4 62
Kelloggsville Public Schools Kent 2168 106.3 68

* Districts with scores between 99 and 101 are meeting expectations, taking into account the percentage of low-income students. Those districts scoring above 101 are exceeding expectations, and those below 99 are falling short. Go here to search all districts.

Region 5

District County Students ASC score* Overall rank
Ashley Community Schools Gratiot 293 114.2 4
Au Gres-Sims School District Arenac 431 108.1 34
Midland Public Schools Midland 7727 106.3 65
Gladwin Community Schools Gladwin 1784 106.2 69
Chesaning Union Schools Saginaw 1553 105.3 88
Pinconning Area Schools Bay 1354 104.9 100
Beaverton Rural Schools Gladwin 1256 103.2 150
Standish-Sterling Community Schools Arenac 1657 103.2 152
Clare Public Schools Clare 1535 102.2 189
Bangor Township Schools Bay 2436 102.1 190

* Districts with scores between 99 and 101 are meeting expectations, taking into account the percentage of low-income students. Those districts scoring above 101 are exceeding expectations, and those below 99 are falling short. Go here to search all districts.

Region 6

District County Students ASC score* Overall rank
International Academy of Flint Genesee 1101 109.5 15
Deckerville Community School District Sanilac 585 108.6 25
Kingston Community School District Tuscola 622 108.3 28
Brown City Community Schools Sanilac 884 108.2 31
Croswell-Lexington Community Schools Sanilac 2322 107.4 42
Ubly Community Schools Huron 744 107.2 48
Davison Community Schools Genesee 5557 107 53
Harbor Beach Community Schools Huron 507 106.6 60
Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools Genesee 5450 105.2 90
Bendle Public Schools Genesee 1153 105.2 91

* Districts with scores between 99 and 101 are meeting expectations, taking into account the percentage of low-income students. Those districts scoring above 101 are exceeding expectations, and those below 99 are falling short. Go here to search all districts.

Region 7

District County Students ASC score* Overall rank
Okemos Public Schools Ingham 3997 110 12
Haslett Public Schools Ingham 2733 108.2 29
East Lansing School District Ingham 3465 106.3 65
Michigan Connections Academy Ingham 1504 103.7 131
Ovid-Elsie Area Schools Clinton 1647 103.3 145
Fowler Public Schools Clinton 539 101.2 227
Olivet Community Schools Eaton 1506 100.9 240
Pewamo-Westphalia Community Schools Clinton 646 100.8 243
Williamston Community Schools Ingham 1799 100 276
Webberville Community Schools Ingham 606 99.5 303

* Districts with scores between 99 and 101 are meeting expectations, taking into account the percentage of low-income students. Those districts scoring above 101 are exceeding expectations, and those below 99 are falling short. Go here to search all districts.

Region 8

District County Students ASC score* Overall rank
Burr Oak Community School District St. Joseph 280 108.8 23
Bloomingdale Public School District Van Buren 1210 108.6 26
Countryside Academy Berrien 596 107.7 38
Edwardsburg Public Schools Cass 2755 107.4 43
White Pigeon Community Schools St. Joseph 759 107.3 45
Covert Public Schools Van Buren 342 107.2 47
Berrien Springs Public Schools Berrien 2448 106.8 56
Dowagiac Union School District Cass 2323 106.7 58
Lawton Community School District Van Buren 999 106.3 67
Lakeshore School District (Berrien) Berrien 2829 106 77

* Districts with scores between 99 and 101 are meeting expectations, taking into account the percentage of low-income students. Those districts scoring above 101 are exceeding expectations, and those below 99 are falling short. Go here to search all districts.

Region 9

District County Students ASC score* Overall rank
Central Academy Washtenaw 576 114.5 1
Madison School District (Lenawee) Lenawee 1560 109.2 18
Ann Arbor Public Schools Washtenaw 16453 108.9 21
Napoleon Community Schools Jackson 1428 104.56 111
Saline Area Schools Washtenaw 5267 103.4 142
Western School District Jackson 2941 103 159
Hillsdale Community Schools Hillsdale 1347 102.4 181
Hudson Area Schools Lenawee 893 102.1 191
Chelsea School District Washtenaw 2430 101.8 198
Springport Public Schools Jackson 972 101.6 208

* Districts with scores between 99 and 101 are meeting expectations, taking into account the percentage of low-income students. Those districts scoring above 101 are exceeding expectations, and those below 99 are falling short. Go here to search all districts.

Region 10

District County Students ASC score* Overall rank
Star International Academy Wayne 1586 113.6 5
Riverside Academy Wayne 1059 113.4 6
Crestwood School District Wayne 3549 109.3 17
Dearborn City School District Wayne 19379 108.2 32
Bloomfield Hills Schools Oakland 5406 108.1 33
Rochester Community School District Oakland 14951 107.3 46
South Lyon Community Schools Oakland 7423 106.8 55
Cesar Chavez Academy Wayne 2190 106.1 72
Troy School District Oakland 12547 106 74
Clintondale Community Schools Macomb 3152 104.9 96

* Districts with scores between 99 and 101 are meeting expectations, taking into account the percentage of low-income students. Those districts scoring above 101 are exceeding expectations, and those below 99 are falling short. Go here to search all districts. Here’s a more detailed explanation of our methodology, which allows Bridge to compare school achievement across all regions and income levels.

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Mike
Tue, 02/03/2015 - 6:00pm
I'm sure it will come as a shock to most people in Macomb County that Clintondale is the only Macomb County district in Region 10 to be a "Top 10" "Academic State Champ". I find these statistics to be confoundingly obtuse and do not comport with the reality of actual student outcomes. Perhaps they are improving, but being 10% better than their previous abysmal performance does not make them an "Academic State Champ"
beth
Mon, 02/09/2015 - 8:11pm
Clintondale has made strides after changing their way of teaching. The have dedicated staff. And great students. Do not judge these students based on passed perceptions. They are here to succeed.
Lucy
Wed, 02/04/2015 - 7:46am
Unusual ranking system for sure. If an school district were to raise its socio-economic status (considered by most to be a good thing), it's academic rating would drop. There is no question that performance on test scores directly correlates to income - but I don't like the idea of adjusting the expectation according to economic standing. I received an excellent education from a well below average school district - both income and test score-wise. I think school performance depends a lot on parental expectations regardless of income level. There are excellent teachers in all districts.
Lucy
Wed, 02/04/2015 - 7:50am
I blame autocorrect for the incorrect "its" above. The "an" is on me. It's always dangerous to post about academics!
John
Wed, 02/04/2015 - 2:06pm
This seems extremely skewed towards the lesser-populated school districts. Not quite sure there's enough (or any) compensation for that in the rankings...
christine McDonald
Wed, 02/04/2015 - 10:30pm
Lumping charter schools with low numbers of students with districts of thousands of students feels like we are comparing oranges and apples. There are a lot of high scoring charters... This makes me wonder if this is just another way to make the "sheeple" reading the results think that charter schools are better than public schools..... My husband has always said that figures lie and liars figure. This whole thing feels like they have figured how to make the apparent results say what they want and not actually state the truth... Just sayin'
Thu, 02/05/2015 - 1:30pm
These rankings are a pure unmitigated joke- Mt Clemens ranked above Utica, choippewa Valley or Lanse Creuse? Joke.
Mon, 02/09/2015 - 7:52pm
As a teacher that works at one of the top ranked school iI really don't understand how we got such a high ranking. Over the past two years we lost over 70% of are staff. We have an adminstration that really shouldn't be running are school. But I guess when all you do is teach to the test don't care about discipline or speical Ed students that's just fine. Just along you have good test scores that's what matters the most nothing else matters. One day in the future we will all be saying how did we let down a whole generation of kids. Stop charter schools before its to late. Please tell me how can riverside be ranked higher the Dearborn schools. WHAT A JOKE.. If that is the case why did 12 of are teachers take positions with Dearborn public schools.
granny
Sun, 02/22/2015 - 9:08am
Robert Smith needs to return to school himself, as a student, and learn how to spell "our" and "special." Is it any wonder children can't learn if they don't have competent teachers to teach them?
Margaret
Sat, 07/16/2016 - 1:43pm
Yet another teacher left behind?
Bruce Schug
Fri, 02/13/2015 - 3:08am
If the grammar exhibited by some of you is any evidence, perhaps many of Michigan's schools are in trouble.
Les Rowsey
Mon, 02/16/2015 - 6:09am
I am a proud staff member of one of Newsweek's Best Schools in America, Jenison Public High School, yet we're nowhere on the list. We were already near the top in the state in ACT scores and overall academic achievement, but since we didn't improve "enough" we were, in fact, judged to be somehow substandard. Talk about skewed! But that's OK--We will continue to work just as hard to provide our kids with, as our superintendent has stated, "a Cadillac education on a Ford budget." (The only thing I'd change with his statement is, "..a Soapbox Derby budget" !!!!)
Sun, 02/22/2015 - 1:07pm
Perhaps, Bruce? You do mirror my sentiments, though. Let's not forget that cursive writing and spelling is no longer considered important, or as important in some schools due to computers and technology. What fools are agreeing, approving, and instituting this madness? This "dumbing down" of students is totally unacceptable and should NOT be tolerated by parents. Isn't the whole idea of Common Core to raise the educational standards supposedly?
Denii
Sun, 05/31/2015 - 8:04pm
My children started off in CVS but for the last four years they have been a part of the CCS. I can honestly say that even with my hesitation of them going to CCS, they have achieved more then I could have imagined. My son is graduating this year with a 3.5. My daughter graduated last year with a 3.5. When they were in CVS they were struggling, no matter how much I helped them and no matter how much tutoring they received at CVS they did not do well. CVS is a good school and have alot to offer but at CCS the class size is smaller and the students are not only learning but they are building their lives and their community
Sarah
Wed, 07/15/2015 - 5:42am
Central academy repeatedly passes students who should be failing classes to brag about a high graduation percentage. Unfortunately, this list does not reflect that.