Here are Michigan's Academic State Champs for 2019

This is it: Michigan's Academic State Champs for 2019.

Continuing an annual tradition, Bridge Magazine is recognizing the best high schools in Michigan. This year, Bridge is honoring schools that do the best at sending graduates onto college, because that's increasingly a focus of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other lawmakers.

Bridge analyzed data from more than 580 high schools over three years and recognized a total of 40 schools, 10 apiece in four economic categories based on income. That compares students from similar economic backgrounds, because research has consistently shown that economic challenges are a barrier to academic success and college.

Overall, Michigan high schools sent an average of 63 percent of graduates onto two-year or four-year schools.

Many of the 2019 Academic State Champs had rates above 85 percent. Click on the link to learn more about each school.

Academic State Champs Top 10

Upper income schools

Among schools in which fewer than 25 percent of students are considered economically disadvantaged, these schools have the highest college enrollment percentages. Students who qualify for subsidized lunch or whose family is on other types of assistance are considered economically disadvantaged. Studies have shown that family income is a predictor of school success.

Rank School Grads Grads in college (%)
1 Northville High School 574 89.4
2 Rochester Adams High School 397 88.3
3 Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy 48 88.2
4 Eisenhower High School (Utica) 642 87.2
5 Salem High School (Plymouth) 471 86.8
6 Plymouth High School 483 86.3
7 Canton High School (Plymouth) 479 86.3
8 Athens High School (Troy) 362 86.2
9 Seaholm High School (Birmingham) 319 86
10 Grosse Pointe South High School 389 85.7

Middle to upper income schools

Among schools in which between 25 percent and 40 percent of students are considered economically disavantaged, these schools have the highest college enrollment percentages.

Rank School Grads Grads in college (%)
1 University High School Academy (Southfield) 101 94
2 City Middle/High School (Grand Rapids) 78 92.8
3 Genesee Early College (Carman-Ainsworth) 33 86.9
4 Arbor Preparatory High School 80 84.2
5 East Lansing High School 246 82
6 Stevenson High School (Utica) 583 81.9
7 Harrison High School (Farmington) 240 80.8
8 Beal City High School 50 76.2
9 Swan Valley High School 141 74.8
10 Flushing High School 278 74.3

Middle to lower income schools

Among schools in which between 40 percent and 55 percent of students are considered economically disavantaged, these schools have the highest college enrollment percentages.

Rank School Grads Grads in college (%)
1 Renaissance High School (Detroit) 237 86.7
2 Dearborn High School 441 84.5
3 Henry Ford Early College (Dearborn) 37 83
4 AGBU Alex-Marie Manoogian School 34 82.5
5 Luther L. Wright (Ironwood) 53 80
6 Kalamazoo Central High School 288 75.3
7 Bark River-Harris Jr/Sr High School 43 75
8 Grand River Preparatory High School 116 74.6
9 Rogers City High School 43 74.2
10 Henry Ford Academy 110 73.3

Lower income schools

Among schools in which more than 55 percent of students are considered economically disavantaged, these schools have the highest college enrollment percentages.

Rank School Grads Grads in college (%)
1 Central Academy 30 91.1
2 Star International Academy 86 87.2
3 Crestwood High School 309 82
4 Cass Technical High School (Detroit) 517 81.3
5 Fordson High School (Dearborn) 581 80.7
6 Detroit Edison Public School Academy 89 76.7
7 Sterling Heights Senior High School (Warren Consolidated) 323 76.3
8 Warren Mott High School (Warren Consolidated) 369 73.7
9 Hamtramck High School 169 73.1
10 Edsel Ford High School (Dearborn) 314 71.8

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Thu, 04/18/2019 - 11:17am

Very surprised that Okemos, Haslett and DeWitt in the Lansing metro area did not make this list.