U.S. News & World Report released its annual rankings of 24,000 public high schools with Oakland County’s International Academy again among the top 50 nationwide.
International Academy, a consortium which has about 1,500 students who reside in 13 Oakland County school districts including Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Huron Valley and South Lyon, ranked third in Michigan and 43rd nationwide.
Also ranking in the top 10 in Michigan were Novi High School at #7 and Northville High School, #10.
“Part of the reason we do well on rankings like this is that all of our students and families understand when they enroll in ninth grade that we are an all International Baccalaureate high school,” Associate Principal Chris Smith said. “It’s highly rigorous, the most challenging program a student in the United States can sign up for in high school… It attracts students who are highly motivated for an academic program.”
The International Academy — campuses are in Bloomfield Hills, White Lake and Troy — is the second-largest IB diploma granting school in the world, second only to a school in Singapore. The school typically grants IB diplomas to about 350 students per year, although its graduation rate is not listed in the rankings report due to being part of the consortium.
The ranking methodology used by U.S. News and World Report measures college readiness in seniors, particularly the proportion of students who both took and earned qualifying scores on advanced placement and International Baccalaureate exams; and also takes into account math and reading proficiency and performance from state tests; underserved student performance; college curriculum breadth; and graduation rates.
The International Academy has so many students apply each year that the school uses a lottery system to determine who will get in. Upon selection, students take a math diagnostics test and writing exam.
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Novi High School Principal Nicole Carter is proud of the school’s ranking of 7th in the state and 411th in the country, with a total score of 97.7 out of 100. The school consistently ranks high in the report.
She notes that it is especially remarkable because Novi is not a magnet school and accepts every student who resides in the district. Carter is not surprised by the ranking, but she gets choked up talking about it. She gives credit to students and district staff from high school all the way down to kindergarten, all working to help students excel.
“It gives me chills,” she said. “It puts a spotlight on our extraordinary students and our competent creative teachers and support staff. It is inspirational.”
Local high school rankings
Here are where high schools in the Hometown Life communities fall in the 2021 ranking by U.S. News & World Report:
International Academy, Bloomfield Hills (West and East campuses in White Lake and Troy were included in calculations); third in Michigan; 43rd nationwide; IB participation rate: 100%.
Novi High School: seventh in Michigan; 411th nationwide; AP participation rate: 67%.
Northville High School: 10th in Michigan; 466th nationwide; AP participation rate: 62%. .
Ernest W. Seaholm High School, Birmingham: 14th in Michigan; 605th nationwide; AP participation rate: 69%.
Wylie E. Groves High School, Birmingham: 28th in Michigan; 910th nationwide; AP participation rate: 51%.
Canton High School: 29th in Michigan; 967th nationwide; AP participation rate: 47%.
Plymouth High School: 33rd in Michigan; 1,170th nationwide; AP participation: 47%.
Salem High School, Canton: 41st in Michigan; 1,346th nationwide; AP participation rate is 48%.
Bloomfield Hills High School: 44th in Michigan; #1,433rd nationwide; AP participation rate: 56%.
South Lyon High School: 48th in Michigan; 1,583rd nationwide; AP participation rate: 40%.
Canton Preparatory High School, 55th in Michigan; 1,691st nationwide; AP participation rate is 89%.
South Lyon East High School: 66th in Michigan; 1,851st nationwide; AP participation rate: 45%.
Stevenson High School, Livonia: 71st in Michigan; 2,197th nationwide; AP rate: 45%.
Farmington High School, 79th in Michigan; 2,377th nationwide; AP participation rate: 41%.
Churchill High School, Livonia: 82nd in Michigan; 2,453rd nationwide; AP participation rate: 32%.
Harrison High School, Farmington Hills, 94th in Michigan; 2,730th nationwide; IB participation rate: 25%.
North Farmington High School, Farmington Hills, 95th in Michigan; 2,757th nationwide; AP participation rate: 53%.
Lakeland High School, White Lake: 130th in Michigan; 3,560th nationwide; AP participation rate: 51%.
Milford High School: 161st in Michigan; 4,657th nationwide; AP participation rate: 43%.
Franklin High School, Livonia: 169th in Michigan; 4,943rd nationwide; AP participation rate: 32%.
Clarenceville High School: 382nd in Michigan; 11,041st nationwide: AP participation rate: 13%.
John Glenn and Wayne Memorial high schools, Westland: 468th-650th in Michigan; 13,394th-17,857th nationwide; AP participation rate: 19%.
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