The Top 50 Best Michigan School Districts

Anne Erickson


Exterior view of a typical American school building seen on a spring day

It’s hard to believe, but the 2021-22 school years is wrapping up in just a few months. It’s been a bit more of a “normal” school year than in the past few years, with many extra-curricular activities and other shades of pre-pandemic life returning.

If you’re looking ahead to the next school year and what the best options are for public schools, the crew at Niche.com has released its tally of the best school districts in Michigan. The list is based on “rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education,” according to Niche. “Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings, and more.”

As for more on their methodology, in addition, “Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, as self-reported by the school districts.” The outlet also “collects data directly from schools via their Niche Partner Portal.”

So, which school districts are on top? Read on for the full list of the top 50 best Michigan school districts, according to Niche. The top district is in the Detroit area, Northville, which scored an overall Niche score of an A+. If you dig a little deeper, it shows that most students from Northville are interested in attending Michigan State University, followed by the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. This is a great list, with many great districts. Both of my parents were public school educators, so it makes me proud to see all the quality public school options we have in the Great Lakes State.

Top 50 Best Public School Districts In Michigan

Read on for the 50 best public school districts in Michigan, as well as links to more information about each district. This list is via Niche.com.

1. Northville Public Schools


Northville Public Schools

Northville Public Schools has 11 schools in its district from PK-12th grade in Northville, MI.

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2. Novi Community School District

3. Troy School District

4. Oakland Schools


Oakland Schools Home

The Oakland Schools Board of Education hereby notifies residents of its constituent school districts that its Biennial election will be held on Monday June 6, 2022 at 5:30 PM at the Oakland Schools Conference Center, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, Michigan. The Biennial Election includes two (2) six-year terms. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be U.S.

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5. Saline Area Schools

6. Okemos Public Schools

Okemos Public Schools / Homepage

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7. Bloomfield Hills Schools


One of the Best Public Schools in Michigan | Boomfield Hills

After many months of studying, building, and practicing, the East Hills Science Olympiad team competed at the recent middle school Science Olympiad Regionals and came away with many medals. Learn More about Science Olympiad Team From East Hills Wins Multiple Medals BHMS Learning Specialist Jennifer Ostheimer received a large collection of diverse books from a $1,000 grant funded by the Connie and Tom Barr Classroom Library at Oakland University.

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8. Birmingham Public Schools

9. East Grand Rapids Public Schools


East Grand Rapids High School District - Home

Breton Downs Elementary Lakeside Elementary Wealthy Elementary East Grand Rapids Middle School East Grand Rapids High School

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10. Rochester Community School District


Home - Rochester Community School District

New to RCS? Don't delay! Register now! Online enrollment is open for all new students from transitional kindergarten through grade 12. The Transitional Kindergarten program serves as a bridge between preschool and kindergarten and is available to students who are five years old by Dec. 1 of the school year.

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11. Forest Hills Public Schools


Forest Hills Public School District

The Forest Hills Public School District was founded in 1956 when residents in 13 neighboring, one-room schools consolidated to build a high school...

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12. Grosse Pointe Public School System

13. Ann Arbor Public Schools


Ann Arbor Public Schools / Homepage

FOR AAPS RESIDENTS: To pre-enroll for neighborhood/attendance area schools (including Young 5s) click on "ENROLL/APPLY HERE" below. If you are interested in applying for an In-District Transfer for the 2022-23 School Year, please click on the In-District Transfer link below for additional information.

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14. West Bloomfield School District

Home - West Bloomfield School District : Potrait of a Graduate

Home - West Bloomfield School District is helping students to be their best IN and FOR the world through our Portrait of a Graduate initiative.

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15. St. Joseph Public Schools


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This is an automated system that allows us to send out mass emails, texts, and phone calls. Examples: School closings, parent/teacher conference information, athletic schedule changes, fine arts concerts and performances, club and activity news, attendance, etc. Please note: You MUST "opt-in" to receive text messages from the system.

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16. Spring Lake Public Schools

Spring Lake Public Schools - Big enough to challenge, small enough to care.

Lakers, first and foremost, are a community-parents, teachers, staff, neighbors and volunteers surrounding our students to help them succeed. For us, success entails so much more than grades. It's about equipping our students to be confident and engaged citizens of the world.

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17. Portage Public Schools


Bus Route Cancellations for Monday, April 4, 2022 Bus #51: Central High, Central Middle and Lake Center Elementary Bus #28: Northern High, North Middle and Angling Road Elementary Our Vision: to be an exceptional, continuously-improving learning culture with high expectations, committed to all!

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18. Byron Center Public Schools


Byron Center Public Schools

Dear Families and Community Members, Welcome to Byron Center Public Schools. BCPS is one of the top school districts in Kent County, with a strong track record of academic achievement and growth. We are proud of our accomplishments and the value we bring to the Byron Center community.

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19. Berkley School District


Berkley School District

Website for Berkley Schools

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20. New Buffalo Area Schools

Parents that have children who will be four years old by September 1, 2022, and are residents of the New Buffalo Area School district are welcome to register their child for the Bison Beginner Pre Kindergarten program. The program offers both Full day or Half Day (AM) sessions.

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21. East Lansing School District


East Lansing Public Schools

View the latest district updates and information from Superintendent , Dori Leyko. For more information, please visit the District Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Page ---------------------------------------------------- The following presentation was given at the Kindergarten Parent Information Night on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 Kindergarten Parent Information Night Presentation

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22. Hudsonville Public School District


Welcome To Hudsonville Public Schools, a K-12 school district in Hudsonville, MI

The Hudsonville Public School District is unique in that we are large enough to offer a comprehensive academic program and a wide variety of extracurricular activities, while still small enough to provide individual attention and support for our students.

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23. West Ottawa Public School District


Home - West Ottawa Public School

At West Ottawa, we focus on preparing our students to be College, Career and Life Ready. West Ottawa Public Schools works diligently to meet the goals of our district - and the high standards of our educators, parents and community.

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24. Chelsea School District


Welcome to Chelsea School District

Welcome to Chelsea School District

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25. Huron Independent School District



The Huron Intermediate School District is dedicated to educational leadership, effective programs, and quality services in collaboration with community partners to educate all learners.

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26. Black River Public School


Home - Black River Public School

During the last two years, many community service opportunities have either been canceled or compromised due to the international pandemic we are experiencing. As students were able to, we applaud the help they have been able to offer their communities and families during this time.

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27. Grandville Public Schools


Grandville Public Schools - Improving Livs by Producing Successful, Lifelong Leaners

Grandville Public Schools has been serving K-12 students for more than a century. Welcome!

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28. Brighton Area Schools

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Brighton Area Schools

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29. Jenison Public Schools

30. North Muskegon Public Schools



We believe that the purpose of NMPS is to create students who: Function as responsible students Communicate effectively using multiple modalities Think critically and problem solve Cooperate and collaborate We believe that the stakeholders of the district will: Expect high standards for all students Work in tandem with families, teachers and the community Create a safe and nurturing environment for all Assist all students in reaching their maximum potential Enhance facilities to support achievement, athletics, and the arts "We are an Educational Community that gives our BEST and expects the BEST."

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31. Dexter Community School District

DCS Home - Dexter Community Schools

Enrollment for Fall 2022-2023 at Jenkins Early Childhood Learning Center opens April 4, 2022 at 10am for currently registered families only. On April 11, we open priority enrollment for DCS Staff whose children don't currently attend Jenkins. On April 18, we open registration to the general public.

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32. Lake Orion Community Schools


An elite public school district - Lake Orion Community Schools

A highly-rated school district, Lake Orion Community Schools educates more than 7,500 students, focused on providing a well-rounded, inclusive educational opportunity for learners of all levels and abilities.

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33. Grosse Ile Township Schools


Grosse Ile Township Schools

Website for Grosse Ile Township Schools

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34. Hartland Consolidated Schools


Hartland Consolidated Schools

The mission of Hartland Consolidated Schools is to maintain a vibrant, strong school system that meets the needs of its students and families. We draw on our rich heritage to serve as a guide to the future. Please browse our website to gain information regarding our schools and community.

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35. Houghton-Portage Township School District


Houghton-Portage Township Schools

Today's Choices - April 4 1: Grilled Honey BBQ Beef Rib Patty on WG Hamburger Bun 2: Pizza on Whole Wheat Crust (Cheese-V or Pepperoni*) 3: Yogurt Lunch Components: -Choose 1 Yogurt Cup: Trix, Dannon, Go Big, or Greek Choose one Protein: Boiled Egg, Colby Jack Chesse Cubes, String Cheese

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36. Sanilac Independent School District


Sanilac Independent School District

Students in the A.C.E. (Alternative Career Education) Program, located at the Sanilac Career Center are busy getting their store, 'The Hub' ready for customers! Due to Covid-19 restrictions last year they were unable to open the store because of the pandemic. With the direction of the program's teachers, Mrs.

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37. Plymouth-Canton Community Schools


Plymouth-Canton Community Schools | Home

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38. Beaver Island Community School District

Home - Beaver Island Community School (District)

BICS Adaptive COVID Response Plan 2022 Approved Monday, March 14, 2022 Effective 8:00 am, Monday, March 21, 2022 Beaver Island Community School is committed to providing high-quality face-to-face in-person instruction while keeping our students safe and complying with applicable laws. This adaptive response plan serves as the BICS policy regarding the remainder of the school year.

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39. Midland Public Schools

40. Cheb-Otsego-Presque Isle Elementary School District


41. Pewamo-Westphalia Community Schools



We are looking for substitute teachers at our Elementary and Middle/High School Buildings. The requirements to be a substitute teacher have changed. You must have at least 60 credit hours from an accredited community college, or an accredited college or university, or have a current or expired Michigan Teaching certificate, or an out-of-state teaching certificate with transcripts showing 60+ credit hours.

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42. St. Joseph County Intermediate School District


Explore St. Joseph County Intermediate School District

St. Joseph County Intermediate School District is a highly rated, public school district located in CENTREVILLE, MI. It has 477 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 65% of students are at least proficient in math and 75% in reading.

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43. Haslett Public Schools

Haslett Public Schools / Home

Thank you to the Foundation for Haslett Schools for making the spring author visit by Johnathan Rand possible! Students at Ralya Elementary School were thrilled to see his lively and engaging presentation. Mr. Rand entertained students with fun stories about how he got his first job in radio broadcasting because he knew how to read well and how to write well.

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44. Copper Country Independent School District


Copper Country Intermediate School District

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45. Rockford Public Schools


Explore Rockford Public Schools

Rockford Public Schools is a highly rated, public school district located in ROCKFORD, MI. It has 7,965 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 64% of students are at least proficient in math and 66% in reading.

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46. Tuscola Independent School District



Welcome to Tuscola Intermediate School District. Our mission statement is "A commitment to serve....a promise to educate". Our goal is to fulfill this mission to over 8,700 students served within Tuscola County and additional students served through collaborative programs in surrounding counties.

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47. Lakeshore School District



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48. Leland Public School District



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49. Saugatuck Public Schools


Saugatuck Public Schools - Preparing Students for Life

Facility Belief Statement: SPS will provide current, well-maintained and safe academic, athletic and art facilities. SPS's facilities will be operational with current technology and equipment. SPS will provide facilities that enable us to maintain small class sizes. When new facilities or major renovations are required, SPS will engage the community in dialogue and solid input from its stakeholders.

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50. Zeeland Public Schools


Zeeland Public Schools

Website for Zeeland Public Schools

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