2014 Academic State Champs

Seventy-three Michigan school districts earned top marks from Bridge Magazine as 2014 Academic State Champs.

The winners – comprising the top 5 percent of 507 school districts across Michigan – include tiny rural districts and large metro ones, impoverished districts and the more affluent, charter schools and traditional public schools.

Districts are ranked according to the most detailed data analysis we’ve ever conducted, taking into account grade-level test results and student income.


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    Full Coverage

    Michigan's overachieving school districts are State Champs

    Feb 1, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson

    Bridge proudly recognizes the most overachieving districts in the state in 2014. Next Tuesday: Bridge releases its first-ever state rankings for individual schools.

    ‘Why is THAT school an Academic State Champ?’

    Feb 3, 2015 | Ron French

    You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers about how Bridge determines district and school rankings

    It’s all about family for one State Champ

    Feb 3, 2015 | Ron French

    Ashley Community Schools conquers poverty, small enrollment and other rural challenges to become an academic overachiever

    Charters flood top and bottom of Academic State Champs rankings

    Feb 5, 2015 | Ben Freed

    Glory and failure abound across Michigan’s charter school landscape, as students flow to and from traditional public schools.

    Flint ‘middle college’ puts students on a road to work, college

    Feb 11, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

    Blending high-school studies with college sounds like an approach for the gifted, but Mott Middle College High serves all kinds of students, giving them unusual control over their own education.

    A family run Detroit charter leads among elementary, middle schools

    Feb 11, 2015 | Chastity Pratt

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Education Center Academy is a State Champ by paying close attention to improving teaching practices.

    11 lessons learned from Michigan’s top high schools

    Feb 11, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

    The leaders of the state’s Top 11 high schools in this year’s Academic State Champ rankings offer advice on their success strategies and how to help low-income students achieve.

    Correction: Error in elementary school analysis for Academic State Champs

    Feb 12, 2015 | David Zeman

    A computer programming error resulted in two Michigan elementary schools being left off the list of 2014 State Champs. The error also slightly changes the individual rankings of some schools.

    Good school. Struggling school. All in the same district.

    Feb 12, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson

    Some Michigan school districts have top-rated schools, along with some of the worst. If poverty doesn’t explain the gap, what does?