DEARBORN — Two high schools in Dearborn and Dearborn Heights were ranked in the top 100 nationwide by U.S. News & World Report in its 2018 edition of best high schools, and the International Academy of Macomb was ranked the top magnet school in the nation.
Magnet high schools are public high schools that typically attract the most talented students in a region using an application process that usually involves test scores and grade-point averages, according to U.S. News.
In national rankings issued annually by the media company, the International Academy of Macomb, part of the Chippewa Valley Schools in Clinton Township, ranked seventh; the International Academy in Bloomfield Hills, which is run by Oakland Schools, ranked 30th; and Washtenaw International High School in Ypsilanti, operated by the Washtenaw Educational Options Consortium, ranked 41st.
Michigan had 860 eligible high schools in the 2018 rankings, which evaluate more than 20,500 public high schools nationwide, to identify schools that best serve all of their students — including historically underserved populations — and assess the degree to which students are prepared for college-level coursework.
Crestwood High School was ranked 48th in Michigan and received the Silver Medal, while Annapolis High School was ranked 114th and received a Bronze Medal. Star International Academy, a charter school, also received a Bronze Medal and ranked 126th. The three high schools are located in Dearborn Heights.
Dearborn High School was ranked 91st in Michigan and received a Silver Medal, while Fordson High School came in at 107th and received a Bronze Medal. Both high schools are based in Dearborn.
The rankings, released on Wednesday, were a marked improvement from Michigan’s school rankings on the list in 2017, when no Michigan school ranked in the top 200 in the best high schools category.
Top-performing high schools receive gold, silver and bronze medal recognition from U.S. News, with gold medals indicating the greatest level of college readiness. Seven Michigan schools were rated Gold Medal schools, 95 were Silver Medal schools and 52 were Bronze Medal schools.
The following high schools filled out the Top 10 list for Michigan: Grand River Preparatory High School in Kentwood, Rochester Adams High School in Rochester Hills, Troy High School, Frankenmuth High School, Saline High School, Stoney Creek High School in Rochester Hills and Northville High School.
Officials with U.S. News and World Report said the rankings emphasize student outcomes, incorporating data on graduation rates and state assessments. Students at the 5,948 schools that receive national recognition from U.S. News graduate at rates that are 12 percentage points higher, on average, than students at other schools throughout the country.
“Top-ranked schools succeed in three main areas: Exceeding expectations on state proficiency tests, offering challenging coursework and graduating their students,” said Anita Narayan, managing editor of education at U.S. News and World Report. “We encourage parents to use the best high schools rankings and data to research which schools in their state and nationwide are ensuring students are well-equipped for the future.”
The rankings feature data on a number of factors, including enrollment, graduation rates, diversity, participation in free and reduced-price lunch programs and the results of state assessments, as well as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate test data.