LANSING, Mich. — Backgroundchecks.org recently released their top 100 school districts in Michigan, did your district make the cut?
Northville Public Schools is the best school district in Michigan. Comprising eleven schools in the wealthy suburb of Northville, the district consistently has a graduation rate north of 96% and its students regularly best state and national averages on the ACT and SAT’s.
Earning the #2 spot in Michigan is Lake Orion Community Schools, a large district of ten schools with a total enrollment of over 7,500 hailing from the village of Lake Orion and several adjacent communities. Students in the district outperform state averages on the Michigan Merit Exam, ACT, and SAT.
Michigan’s 3rd best school district is Hudsonville Public Schools, a system of 12 schools that is the second-largest district in Ottawa County. For three years in a row, all district buildings have earned an “A” grade from the Michigan Department of Education.
Novi Community School District places 4th among Michigan public school districts. Not only do Novi students perform exceptionally on standardized tests, they are active outside of the classroom, as well, with 56% of 7th-12th graders involved in an athletic program, and 29% of high schoolers participating in performing arts.
Completing the list of Michigan’s five best school districts is Midland Public Schools, a ten-school district headquartered in the city of Midland. The district boasts a graduation rate of 95%.
Outside of the top five there are a number of other districts in Mid-Michigan in the top 100 schools including:
#16 - Okemos Public Schools
#24 - Dewitt Public Schools
#33 - Haslett Public Schools
#42 - Grand Ledge Public Schools
#55 - Williamston Community Schools
#61 - Holt Public Schools
#64 - Mason Public Schools
#91 - Fowler Public Schools
#92 - Fowlerville Public Schools
#99 - Pewamo-Westphalia Community Schools
The following variables contributed to the ranking: number of students (K-12), graduation rate, school funding per student, student to teacher ratio, percent of students scoring above proficient in standardized state Math test, percent of students scoring above proficient in standardized state Reading and Language test. Data from a total of 10,247 public school districts were used to compute a score for each school district. The following states were omitted due to lack of sufficient data: Hawaii, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wyoming. Note that high schools in some states have their own independent districts.
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