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

1Star International AcademyCharterWayne128
2Henry Ford Early CollegeDearbornWayne128
3Riverside Academy - West CampusCharterWayne119
4Crestwood High SchoolCrestwoodWayne115
5Frontier International AcademyCharterWayne115
6Cesar Chavez High SchoolCharterWayne114

Middle incomes

1Wellspring Preparatory High SchoolCharterKent117
2Renaissance High SchoolDetroitWayne115
3West Michigan Aviation AcademyCharterKent109
TIEWest MI Academy of Environmental ScienceCharterKent109

Higher incomes

1City Middle/High SchoolGrand RapidsKent129
2International AcademyOakland County,
16 districts
3Troy High SchoolTroyOakland113
4Ernest W. Seaholm High SchoolBirminghamOakland113

Medium-sized counties

Lowest incomes

1Central AcademyCharterWashtenaw114
2Bendle High SchoolBendleGenesee111
3Comstock High SchoolComstockKalamazoo108
TIECountryside Academy - Middle/High SchoolCharterBerrien108

Middle incomes

RankSchoolDistrictCountyState Champs
1Berrien Springs High SchoolBerrien SpringsBerrien109
2West Ottawa High School CampusWest OttawaOttawa108
3Watervliet Senior High SchoolWatervlietBerrien108
4Kingsley Area High SchoolKingsley AreaGrand Traverse108
TIEAthens Junior/Senor High SchoolAthens AreaCalhoun108

Higher incomes

1Saginaw Arts and Sciences AcademySaginawSaginaw121
2Okemos High SchoolOkemosIngham117
3The Early College @ Lansing Community CollegeIngham County, multiple districtsIngham116
4New Buffalo Senior High SchoolNew Buffalo AreaBerrien116
5Community High SchoolAnn ArborWashtenaw116
6Pioneer High SchoolAnn ArborWashtenaw113
TIEGenesee Early CollegeCarman-AinsworthGenesee113

Smaller counties

Lowest incomes

1Bloomingdale Middle and High SchoolBloomingdaleVan Buren124
2Ashley High SchoolAshleyGratiot118
3Fairview High SchoolFairview AreaOscoda118
4Baldwin Senior High SchoolBaldwinLake117

Middle incomes

1Dollar Bay High SchoolDollar Bay-Tamarack City AreaHoughton120
2Grayling High SchoolCrawford AuSableCrawford119
3Crossroads Charter Academy (7-12)CharterMecosta115
4Calumet High SchoolCalumet, Laurium & KeweenawHoughton113
5Benzie Central Sr. High SchoolBenzie County CentralBenzie113
6Mio-AuSable High SchoolMio-AuSableOscoda112
7DeTour High SchoolDeTour AreaChippewa112

Higher incomes

1Houghton Central High SchoolHoughton-Portage TownshipHoughton114
2Harbor Springs High SchoolHarbor SpringsEmmet112
3H.H. Dow High SchoolMidlandMidland111

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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.'
Mon, 10/28/2019 - 5:57am

This is an interesting situation. I think that funding should be in schools where students show a high level of knowledge. This is an important educational criterion. Students from strong schools can go weak and share experiences. I recently read about it in an educational resource. You can look here I think US authorities should integrate new educational reforms. This will help distribute funding.