The 44 State Champs


County, income breakdowns

Below are the 44 Michigan high schools recognized as 2015 Academic State Champs, based on an analysis of three years of ACT test scores and factoring in student family income. They represent the top 5 percent of nearly 770 public high schools statewide. Click on a school's name to get a fuller profile.

Large counties

Lowest incomes

Rank School District County State
1 Star International Academy Charter Wayne 128
2 Henry Ford Early College Dearborn Wayne 128
3 Riverside Academy - West Campus Charter Wayne 119
4 Crestwood High School Crestwood Wayne 115
5 Frontier International Academy Charter Wayne 115
6 Cesar Chavez High School Charter Wayne 114

Middle incomes

Rank School District County State
1 Wellspring Preparatory High School Charter Kent 117
2 Renaissance High School Detroit Wayne 115
3 West Michigan Aviation Academy Charter Kent 109
TIE West MI Academy of Environmental Science Charter Kent 109

Higher incomes

Rank School District County State
1 City Middle/High School Grand Rapids Kent 129
2 International Academy Oakland County,
16 districts
Oakland 128
3 Troy High School Troy Oakland 113
4 Ernest W. Seaholm High School Birmingham Oakland 113

Medium-sized counties

Lowest incomes

Rank School District County State
1 Central Academy Charter Washtenaw 114
2 Bendle High School Bendle Genesee 111
3 Comstock High School Comstock Kalamazoo 108
TIE Countryside Academy - Middle/High School Charter Berrien 108

Middle incomes

Rank School District County State Champs
1 Berrien Springs High School Berrien Springs Berrien 109
2 West Ottawa High School Campus West Ottawa Ottawa 108
3 Watervliet Senior High School Watervliet Berrien 108
4 Kingsley Area High School Kingsley Area Grand Traverse 108
TIE Athens Junior/Senor High School Athens Area Calhoun 108

Higher incomes

Rank School District County State
1 Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy Saginaw Saginaw 121
2 Okemos High School Okemos Ingham 117
3 The Early College @ Lansing Community College Ingham County, multiple districts Ingham 116
4 New Buffalo Senior High School New Buffalo Area Berrien 116
5 Community High School Ann Arbor Washtenaw 116
6 Pioneer High School Ann Arbor Washtenaw 113
TIE Genesee Early College Carman-Ainsworth Genesee 113

Smaller counties

Lowest incomes

Rank School District County State
1 Bloomingdale Middle and High School Bloomingdale Van Buren 124
2 Ashley High School Ashley Gratiot 118
3 Fairview High School Fairview Area Oscoda 118
4 Baldwin Senior High School Baldwin Lake 117

Middle incomes

Rank School District County State
1 Dollar Bay High School Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Area Houghton 120
2 Grayling High School Crawford AuSable Crawford 119
3 Crossroads Charter Academy (7-12) Charter Mecosta 115
4 Calumet High School Calumet, Laurium & Keweenaw Houghton 113
5 Benzie Central Sr. High School Benzie County Central Benzie 113
6 Mio-AuSable High School Mio-AuSable Oscoda 112
7 DeTour High School DeTour Area Chippewa 112

Higher incomes

Rank School District County State
1 Houghton Central High School Houghton-Portage Township Houghton 114
2 Harbor Springs High School Harbor Springs Emmet 112
3 H.H. Dow High School Midland Midland 111

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Thu, 02/11/2016 - 9:38am
What happened to Morthville and Plymouth? Thanks for doing this work. Our schools are our future.
Charles Richads
Thu, 02/11/2016 - 5:27pm
Has anybody noticed that this web page is not displaying properly.
Fri, 02/12/2016 - 9:58am
How do we just see a complete listing in rank order of all schools?
Fri, 02/12/2016 - 11:37am
Where is West Bloomfield . where is Bloomffield? where is the INERTNATIONAL School . where is Roper in BIRMINGHAM? you have to do a lot better when it comes to school. Where is OUR lottery money ? and the budget .How much money (loto ) came in from the Billion $$$ lotto. we need to KNOW?!
Tue, 02/16/2016 - 7:02am
Thank you for this. Notice not one school in Montcalm county made the list. Poor leadership results in failing schools. This speaks volumes!
Thu, 05/19/2016 - 8:29pm
Was the Early College Alliance at EMU looked at in this? It's hard to believe a school that just achieved a 91% pass rate (C or better) of high school students enrolled in EMU classes (Winter 16 semester) isn't among the best in the area, if not the state. If standardized test scores are supposed to be part of the predictors of college success, but there's actual college success to measure, shouldn't there be a way to factor such success into the equation?
Mon, 08/15/2016 - 1:34pm
In the annual Port Huron to Mackinac Sail Boat Race, they publish the list of the boats by their finishing time (First to Finish) regardless of the boat's size and configuration. Then they regrade all of the boats according to their rating (a type of degree of difficulty), within their respective categories. This report by Bridge apparently shows only the results after "the rating" is applied (Big vs Little, Rich vs Poor, how many students were on the free lunch program vs not, etc). So the exercise by Bridge is more about who met expectations (whose expectations?) as opposed to who turned in the top scores regardless. I'm interested in who the top finishers were, statewide, regardless of size, income, free lunch, etc. Is that list openly shown somewhere? If so, I missed it. If its not there, why did Bridge purposely withhold it from our view?
Mike Wilkinson
Mon, 08/15/2016 - 4:16pm
The purpose of our evaluation is to look at districts through a common prism, in this case looking at the impact of poverty and to see which schools and districts are doing the most to overcome it. Poverty is one of -- though not the only -- predictors of academic success and we take that into account with our scores. The overall scores are in the data we have just not listed them solely by 'best score.'