Top High Schools in the Detroit, MI Metro (page 2)
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.
Rochester School District
If you walk into a lunchroom at one of the three high schools in the Canton-Plymouth Education Park, you will see students wearing different school varsity jackets and paraphernalia sitting at the same table. making plans for the weekend or talking about classes. Canton-Plymouth Educational Park is a 300 acre complex that contains three high schools – Salem High, Plymouth High and Canton High. Students are assigned to one of the three schools randomly through a computer instead of geography, and a common slogan is “Three Schools – one Park.”
During the ninth and tenth grades, students stay on their home campus, but upperclassmen may take courses at any of the three high schools. Through this unique educational concept, students have access to courses, clubs, and facilities that wouldn’t be possible at one school. Students have access to numerous AP and specialty courses, such as four years of Chinese and Eastern Studies. The three schools share a large football complex, two swimming pools, two tracks, and a large auditorium.
Each school has separate athletic teams who compete against each other in friendly rivalries. Many of the teams have won state and regional titles over the years. The extracurricular clubs are park-wide, which allow students to participate in over 100 different clubs. The drama program, the Park Players, includes students from all three schools and performs six productions each year. The band, another cross-park program, regularly performs at home games for all three schools.
The three schools work with each ninth grader to connect younger student with adults and upperclassmen mentors. In the ninth grade, the students are part of the learning community, where 125 students sharing an English, Math, and Science teacher, which enables teachers to get to know them better.
“It’s a fun place to work and a fun place for kids to go to school,” said Bill Zolkowski, Park Principal.
Birmingham School District
There is a long tradition of excellence at Ernest W. Seaholm High School, a school that boasts a 96 percent college rate and high ACT scores. Academics are a high priority for the community and the families of the students at this medium-sized school (the student body is around 1250). The administration describes the student body as focused, committed, and academically intellectual. The school offers an extensive AP program with 22 different courses for students to enroll in.
Athletics are popular and the school has several championship trophies in the trophy case; the swimming, golf, and tennis teams in particular have a history of winning. Additionally, a variety of clubs are available for students to participate in. The band and the orchestra are popular and well-known in the area, and each year the drama program puts on an acclaimed musical for the school and community.
“I am blessed with a focused and committed group of students and a talented group of faculty and this makes a combination for success,” said Principal Terry Piper.
Grosse Ile School District
Walking through the Grosse Ile High School hallways, you may notice that almost all of the student lockers on campus do not have locks -- students feel secure that their peers will not steal their belongings.
Discipline issues are extremely rare on campus and class changes are calm and orderly. Students benefit from the smaller student body, but also have an impressive range of programs and courses to choose from.
Since the majority of the students take a foreign language and music, the administration moved to a seven period day to allow students to be able to pursue their interests while meeting graduation requirements. Of the 680 students on campus, close to 300 AP tests were given in a recent school year and almost every junior and senior take at least one AP course.
The music program is very popular on campus. One of every six students play in the band and over 100 students participate in the Woman’s Glee Club. In addition to the traditional athletic teams, students can participate in crew, competitive dance, and figure skating. In the past three years, the school has been crowned state champions in the different three sports.
“We are proud of an extremely, safe, kind, and caring school culture,” said James Stewart.
Grosse Pointe School District
Grosse Pointe South High School has long history of tradition and education, starting in1928. Over the years, many renovations have taken place, including updating the auditorium and adding athletic facilities, including a swimming pool, gym, and fitness center.
The school produces many National Merit Scholars and National Merit Semifinalists each year. The strong AP program offers over 20 different course. In a recent school year, students took over 950 AP exams with an 86 percent pass rate. Languages offered include Spanish, German, and Latin, and the school also offers a variety of academic electives, such as Medical Investigations and Astronomy.
The school has a history of athletic success, especially in tennis, lacrosse, hockey, and swimming. Performing arts, such as choir, Pointe Players, drama club, producing numerous productions are also popular.
The school's motto, as noted on their website, is, “Communicate, Collaborate, Create, and Celebrate.”
Bloomfield Hills School District
The International Academy combines a rigorous curriculum with a global focus and is the only school in North America where all of the students graduate with an IB diploma. Courses such as Interdisciplinary literature, world studies, and international economics courses help provide a global aspect to the school.
Teachers spend an hour each day after school helping students and graduate assistants are on campus to tutor and assist in the classroom. Only one half of a student’s grade can be based on tests, while the remaining portion of the grade must include other assessments such as projects, speeches, or essays.
Students choose five of the 130 Enrichment Opportunities and spend 20-25 hours a week outside of school exploring topics in depth, such as learning chess, yoga, small animal dissection, and international trips. The students are also required to spend a semester in a group working on a concrete project, which provides hands-on experience as leaders and collaborators. Other activities on campus include Model UN and a nonprofit Build On, in which the school raises money to build schools in an undeveloped country; later, students can travel to the country to work on the school.
“We have a collaborative decision making culture in the school with teachers having a lot of say in the fine points in the school and decisions,” said Bert Okma, Founder of the International Academy.
Northville School District
Northville High School is comprehensive school with many activities, sports, and academic programs. Parents have many opportunities to get involved through the PTA, Music Booster Club, and the Athletic Booster Club. Students can earn college credit through AP courses and dual enrollment options are also available. To help new students adjust on campus, the school developed the Adopt-a-Student program.
There is a wide variety of clubs offered on campus, including Gaming Club, Book Club, NHS, S.A.D.D., and Sign Language Clubs. Academic clubs and teams, such as Science Olympiad, Robotics, and Language Clubs allow students to learn more about subjects they are interested in. The Student Congress is very active and helps organize campus activities and events.
The school also has an extensive and competitive athletic program with a wide range of teams to try out for. Several athletic clubs, including Women’s Hockey, Lacrosse, Bowling, and Figure Skating supplement the teams.
The school's mission statement details, “We, the staff of Northville High School, in partnership with the students, parents, and community, are committed to mutual responsibility for learning through effective teaching. Our mission is to challenge all students to reach their potential and to develop responsible citizens in a caring and supportive environment.”