Top High Schools in the Detroit, MI Metro
Below are profiles featuring the top 19 high schools in the Detroit Metropolitan Area. In order to be featured as a Top High School, the school must have a 2010 Education.com TestRating of 10 out of 10. The TestRating compares a school's standardized test scores for a given year with scores from other schools in the same state. Find your school and see how it compares.
Troy School District
The staff at Athens High School makes school-wide decisions based on what is best for its students. The staff gives both struggling students and those looking for a challenge individual attention to meet their potential by creating a supportive and family-centered environment.
While all academic programs at the school have a reputation for excellence, the science department and classes are one of the best programs around. Students can choose from a wide variety of electives, including human geography, forensics, and classics. Music and fine arts are also popular among students.
Athletics have a top reputation and each spring a number of students receive scholarships with top universities. Many of the sports teams hold titles and are nationally ranked.
“We are very fortunate to have a good community and great teachers. We are very willing to try new avenues and are all about choices and options for kids,” said Lara Dixon.
Bloomfield Hills School District
Bloomfield Hills Andover High School has a student body diverse in ethnicity, religion and socio-economics. The school has around 1000 students and offers a wide variety of programs. Students can select from 26 AP courses to earn college credit by passing an exam. The school is also home to the only International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program in Michigan.
Sports are important on campus and the school holds many state championships in its history. Students can play on over 28 different teams or individual sports. After school, students can pursue their interests by signing up for over 30 different clubs.
The popular band and orchestra performed a concert in Carnegie Hall this past school year, while the drama department takes on challenging productions, such as RENT, Hairspray, and Phantom of the Opera. Many visual arts students have also won high honors on both a state and national level for their work.
Many of the clubs on campus continue the school's mission of helping students make positive choices. These clubs include Be the Change Club, Friendship Circle, and SOS (Respect for self, others, and school.)
“We have simply one of the most terrific staffs in the State of Michigan,” said Rob Durecka, Principal.
Bloomfield Hills School District
Bloomfield Hills Lahser High School's staff has high expectations of the students, but the school simultaneously provides a warm and inviting environment for the kids. As a testament to the student-centered focus, students can design an academic program that meets their interests.
For a small school of 875 students, Bloomfield Hills offers a large variety of academic programs, including an IB program, STEM program, and a host of AP courses. The school also offers diverse electives. Each staff member holds at least a Masters degree and many of the degrees are in their subject area.
The school works closely with its sister school, Andover High School, and a shuttle takes student to and from the schools, which allows for an exchange of information; for example, Lahser offers Chinese while Andover has Japanese. The student body is very involved on campus and over 85 percent of the students are a member of a club or sports team.
“We are a community that values education, the parent and community support is high and we are very lucky to have that behind us,” said Joe Aller, Principal.
Brighton School District
Brighton High School focuses on college preparation and 98 percent of graduates head to a post-secondary school after graduation. Many students participate in the AP program, which offers numerous courses. The school also has a large Career Technical program which helps students prepare for future careers. There is an active Child Care Center on campus in which students gain hands-on experience in early childhood education, and a Heath Occupations lab for those considering a future in the medical field. The school works hard to keep kids in school and boasts a 96 percent graduation rate.
The athletic program on campus is very large, with 34 different programs and 99 teams. Students can also choose from over 50 clubs in almost every interest area. Students with a flair for performing can hone their talents with an active choir, theater department, and an award winning band.
“We have an excellent school climate at Brighton High School. Visitors comment that our students are well dressed and well behaved. Our ACT scores average much higher than the state and national average scores,” said Gavin Johnson, Principal.