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.

RankSchoolGradsGrads in college (%)
1Northville High School57489.4
2Rochester Adams High School39788.3
3Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy4888.2
4Eisenhower High School (Utica)64287.2
5Salem High School (Plymouth)47186.8
6Plymouth High School48386.3
7Canton High School (Plymouth)47986.3
8Athens High School (Troy)36286.2
9Seaholm High School (Birmingham)31986
10Grosse Pointe South High School38985.7

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.

RankSchoolGradsGrads in college (%)
1University High School Academy (Southfield)10194
2City Middle/High School (Grand Rapids)7892.8
3Genesee Early College (Carman-Ainsworth)3386.9
4Arbor Preparatory High School8084.2
5East Lansing High School24682
6Stevenson High School (Utica)58381.9
7Harrison High School (Farmington)24080.8
8Beal City High School5076.2
9Swan Valley High School14174.8
10Flushing High School27874.3

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.

RankSchoolGradsGrads in college (%)
1Renaissance High School (Detroit)23786.7
2Dearborn High School44184.5
3Henry Ford Early College (Dearborn)3783
4AGBU Alex-Marie Manoogian School3482.5
5Luther L. Wright (Ironwood)5380
6Kalamazoo Central High School28875.3
7Bark River-Harris Jr/Sr High School4375
8Grand River Preparatory High School11674.6
9Rogers City High School4374.2
10Henry Ford Academy11073.3

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.

RankSchoolGradsGrads in college (%)
1Central Academy3091.1
2Star International Academy8687.2
3Crestwood High School30982
4Cass Technical High School (Detroit)51781.3
5Fordson High School (Dearborn)58180.7
6Detroit Edison Public School Academy8976.7
7Sterling Heights Senior High School (Warren Consolidated)32376.3
8Warren Mott High School (Warren Consolidated)36973.7
9Hamtramck High School16973.1
10Edsel Ford High School (Dearborn)31471.8

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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.