Top High Schools in the Detroit, MI Metro (page 2)

Top High Schools in the Detroit, MI Metro

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Updated on Aug 23, 2011

Canton-Plymouth Educational Park (Salem High, Plymouth High, and Canton High)

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.



Ernest W. Seaholm High School

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 High School

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 South High School

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.”



International Academy

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 High School

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.”


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