MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) - (01/17/19) - The grades are in for schools across the state.
According to the 2018 Michigan Context and Performance Report Card by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, three Mid-Michigan high schools stand out as among the best in the state and two score among the lowest.
The scores were compiled using three to four years of data that includes academic performance and standardized testing scores. The size of the schools were also taken into consideration in the report.
Genesee Early College received the highest overall score, earning the school the top spot on the elite list of 25 best high schools. The Carman-Ainsworth school ranks 8 on that list.
According to the school's website, it's an intensive, five-year school run by the GISD as part of UM-Flint and is designed to prepare students for careers and advanced study in medical and health care fields.
Number 10 on the top 25 list is the Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy. SASA touts itself as a school dedicated to expanding and enhancing learning opportunities for gifted/talented students in the Tri-County area.
H.H. Dow High School in Midland ranks 25th on that list. The school's mission is focused on helping learners acquire and use knowledge, communicate effectively, and become responsible and respectful individuals prepared to meet the challenges of the future.
The statewide report card also compiled a list of the bottom 25 high schools overall across the state and two mid-Michigan schools received an "F", landing them in the unfavorable spot. Twelve Detroit high schools are among them as well.
According to the study, Saginaw High School scored lower than any other high school they looked at, making them the first on that list. A message on the school's website from principal Eric Gordon reads in part, "We will continue to focus on improving the quality of education for all of our students. We have increased our honors and Advanced Placement course offerings for all of our students. We also offer academic intervention for struggling students with increased time for reading and math. Our extended day program includes, tutoring in all core areas, credit recovery and preparation for standardized tests."
The Swartz Creek Virtual Learning Center is the 22nd school on the same list. The handbook explains the VLC goal as inspiring learners to embrace challenges, set goals, grow their talents, and realize their dreams for success in a global society.
You can learn more about each school by visiting the links provided. We've also included the full Mackinac Public Policy Report.