2017 Best Public High Schools in Michigan

The 2017 Best Public High Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, and high school ratings.
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    Troy High School

    • Troy, MI
    • 279 reviews
    High School Senior:Although there are a few things that I would change given the chance, I could not have found and attended a better school in my opinion. My knowledge and mental power were pushed to the absolute limit by my teachers, and I have learned so much about my academic studies and myself.
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    Huron High School

    • Ann Arbor, MI
    • 218 reviews
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    International Academy

    • Bloomfield Hills, MI
    • 473 reviews
    High School Senior:This school has put me through so many moments where I simply wanted to hit my head against a wall and quit. I didn't, of course, but there have been innumerable moments that have made me question my sanity. Nevertheless, I have learned so much more about how I function as a student, and I have realized just how much I can accomplish. While this school has its back-breaking workload and late-night homework sessions, I have met some of the most intelligent, genuine, and kindhearted people here. When we finally reach a break, we know how to party. We bring massive amounts of participation, and if you ever need a spare calculator, there will be at least a dozen people willing to help out. It is one of the most tight-knit communities that I have ever been a part of, and despite our academic difficulties, we have found the strength that we need to grow past that. It is one of the things that brings us closer together as a family, and I don't think I would choose differently even if I could.
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    Pioneer High School

    • Ann Arbor, MI
    • 235 reviews
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    Okemos High School

    • Okemos, MI
    • 158 reviews
    High School Senior:In the Area, Okemos High School is the best choice for having a successful future. The school is rated with some of the best programs and least amount of legal issues. Like every school, there are several loud and annoying people, but look further and you will find that most of the students are hard working.
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    Novi High School

    • Novi, MI
    • 361 reviews
    Niche User:A very solid school in all aspects. No matter what your interests are there are a vast array of programs to help facilitate your educational exploration and success. One problem however is that though the school is demographically diverse there is a lack of intermingling between people of different races and especially socio-economic classes. The staff are all friendly and nothing but helpful, this school will provide you with whatever tools you need to succeed.
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    Grosse Pointe South High School

    • Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
    • 206 reviews
    High School Freshman:My favorite experience so far was homecoming and the "spirit week" leading up to it because my school definitely did a good job with giving the freshman a memorable welcoming and making us feel like part of the community. the thing that I think makes my school unique is our open campus lunch. The reason I appreciate our lunch is because it gives us a sense of independence and teaches maturity, it also shows us that our school trusts us which I find important. Im very grateful that I get to go to my school and I would never want to go anywhere else!
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    Wylie E. Groves High School

    • Beverly Hills, MI
    • 178 reviews
    High School Senior:Groves is a truly great place. If I chose to re-do high school, I'd definitely attend Groves. The environment is welcoming. The teachers are amazing and always willing to help out, be it before school, after school, during lunch, or during X-block. The best advice I could give to a rising freshman student is to get involved with a sport or a club (or even start your own). Get involved and the four years will fly by; I know that from experience.
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    Skyline High School

    • Ann Arbor, MI
    • 230 reviews
    High School Senior:Despite the small things like 5 minute passing time with four flights of stairs, sinks that don't always work, or weird fluctuations in temperature, it really is a great school. The teachers and students are nice, spirit week and homecoming is fun, sports are great, and academics are good too. It's really what you make it.
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    Athens High School

    • Troy, MI
    • 295 reviews
    Niche User:They have a troop program (transitional looping) that provides the kids who need extra support, the same English teacher throughout the entire 4 years as well as troop supportive core classes. The supportive core classes begin heavy in 9th grade, with all core classes being a part of troop and then they minimize over the 4 years to promote independence. They also have a gay/straight alliance club which has about 20 members. There are several other positive things I could say.
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    Grosse Pointe North High School

    • Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
    • 209 reviews
    High School Senior:This school is absolutely wonderful in every way. The kids are very welcoming, the teachers care about students genuinely and the administration is very supportive.
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    East Grand Rapids High School

    • Grand Rapids, MI
    • 178 reviews
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    Bloomfield Hills High School

    • Bloomfield Hills, MI
    • 42 reviews
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    Saline High School

    • Saline, MI
    • 239 reviews
    Niche User:The teachers are all very involved in their student's learning. The school makes a lot of efforts to make the students explore many areas of study. The CTE program at Saline is great, and supports many different career paths.
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    Rochester Adams High School

    • Rochester Hills, MI
    • 178 reviews
    Niche User:RAHS was a great school with great, friendly kids and I know I will be prepared for college. I only had an issue with a few of the math and science teachers, but overall I had a great experience here.
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    Hartland High School

    • Hartland, MI
    • 297 reviews
    High School Senior:I love Hartland High School. It combines great administrators with great teachers and it provides a great learning environment to great students. It's really great.
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    Ernest W. Seaholm High School

    • Birmingham, MI
    • 172 reviews
    Niche User:I briefly switched schools at the beginning of my senior year, and it did not even compare to Seaholm. I switched back as soon as I could. The faculty is incredible as well as the student body. Once you attend Seaholm it's hard to appreciate any other public high school as much!
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    Northville High School

    • Northville, MI
    • 244 reviews
    High School Junior:All the students try there absolute best. Education is number one mission to all students. Teachers make their students their number one priority. Teachers are willing to go the extra mile and spend time with their students!
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    Plymouth High School

    • Canton, MI
    • 256 reviews
    High School Junior:P-CEP is a great three school campus with over a hundred classes to choose from. The entire staff, especially the councilors, want you to experience everything the school has to offer. There are so many clubs and activities to choose from that really make you branch out and find which one suits you. You can never be bored at the Park because there's always some kind of sporting event, theater production, or club meeting going on. This school especially helps in figuring out what you want to do later in life in terms of college and career. We have three academies: IB at Plymouth, Art at Salem, and STEM at Canton, and they all offer a wide assortment of classes. The teachers are overall helpful; we have a math and chem lab as well as a writing center, so if you're struggling in any of your core classes, there are study centers in school to help. On the flip side, my school is terrible when it comes to budgeting and often art related classes and departments are cut first. Our homecoming dances (we have three), tailgates, and pep rallies are jeopardized because they cut all three of our student congresses. You have to pay nearly $400 to play a sport, and parking passes cost almost $150. The traffic is terrible because there's over 3000 student drivers, a hundred or so buses, parent drivers, and 600 staff members trying to get out at the same time. Walking in between classes gets frustrating because it's freezing during the winter, the sidewalks aren't up kept, and it's overall unsafe because of potholes and cracks. Because there's over 6,500 students who go to the Park, relationships/friendships with people are ever changing. It's overwhelming and scary, and I know that the district is trying to make it like a university set up, but for many, they don't want to experience the typical university life (like myself), so it's just pointless because there aren't many alternatives if you live in Plymouth or Canton.
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    East Lansing High School

    • East Lansing, MI
    • 163 reviews
    High School Senior:There are many options for classes that include many AP's and more specific areas within the science and history departments. The teachers are wonderful and try to make sure every student can succeed and the atmosphere is safe and encourages learning.
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    Chelsea High School

    • Chelsea, MI
    • 169 reviews
    Niche User:I loved my school. It was a smaller community high school and everyone was respectable of one another. The staff prepared me for real life experiences as well as academically. Sports were a huge part of our high school and everyone was encouraged to participate.
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    Central High School

    • Grand Rapids, MI
    • 127 reviews
    Niche User:Upon walking into the school there is a sense of welcome and acceptance. This school is not too large so it is not overwhelming to students and the staff is approachable along with the student body. All are willing to help and no one is left out.
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    Northern High School

    • Grand Rapids, MI
    • 57 reviews
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    Community High School

    • Ann Arbor, MI
    • 63 reviews
    High School Sophomore:This is my dream school. It is everything I could ask for and more. Teachers, staff, administration, and students are all very kind and supportive in helping you get an education.
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    Salem High School

    • Canton, MI
    • 236 reviews
    High School Senior:Going to Salem has given me the opportunity to branch out and connect with otehr students who go to Canton and Plymouth. The three schools have several clubs and activities to participate in which makes it easier to meet others who share the same interests as you. If I went to a smaller school, I would not have the experience of going to all the sporting events, plays, or joining clubs. The wide variety of opportunities available is my favorite part of going to Salem High School. Salem has shaped me into the open-minded person that I am today.
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