GreatSchools Rating

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

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Rating Breakdown
Test score rating8
Test score rating examines how students at this school performed on standardized tests compared with other schools in the state. Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.
College readiness rating10
College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond. This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Michigan high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.
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Excellent Schools Detroit Rating

The Excellent Schools Detroit Scorecard is a tool that recommends where Detroit parents should send their children to school and is based on test scores, student academic growth, student and teacher surveys, and other indicators of student success. It compares schools across the Detroit area, where the highest rated schools in the city receive an A+ and the lowest an F. Excellent Schools Detroit recommends parents and students select schools graded C+ or better or "promising."

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Rating Breakdown
School ClimateB
Academic StatusB+
Academic ProgressC+
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State Rating

The Michigan School Accountability Scorecard is the state's school accountability rating. Ratings are based on test scores, student academic growth, graduation rates, attendance rates, educator evaluations, and compliance with state law. The Michigan School Accountability Scorecard uses a five-color coded system (Green, Lime, Yellow, Orange, and Red) to indicate the performance of schools. Green is highest and indicates that most of the goals were met for a school, while red is lowest and indicates that few objectives were met at a school.

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College readiness

AP courses and testing

  This school
Students taking AP courses 23%
Source: See notes

Where 2011-2012 graduates go after high school

  Percent of students
Attending a 4-year institution 61%
Attending a 2-year institution 10%
Attending any higher learning institution 71%
Source: See notes

Graduates starting college

  This school State average
Graduates who need remediation, or help strengthening basic skills 21% 28%
Students who complete the 1st year of college (24 credits) on time 58% 31%
Source: See notes


Schools that are well organized, safe, and supportive are much more likely to be successful.

5Essentials Survey

5Essentials is a survey measuring what students and teachers think and feel about the school. Research shows that schools strong on 3 or more of the 5 essentials are ten times more likely to improve student learning than schools weak on the 5 essentials.

  Score out of 5
Overall improvement score 2
Source: See notes

5 Categories

  Score out of 100
Supportive Environment 37
Ambitious Instruction 57
Source: See notes

Ambitious Instruction

Sub-category Score out of 100
Math Instruction 65
English Instruction 62
Course Clarity 45
Source: See notes

Supportive Environment

Sub-category Score out of 100
Safety 53
Academic Personalism 15
Academic Press 65
Peer Support for Academic Work 70
Student-Teacher Trust 36
Source: See notes

Involved Families

Sub-category Score out of 100
Human and Social Resources in the Community 19
Source: See notes

Survey participation

Respondent group Number
Students 755
Teachers 24
Source: See notes


AP courses and testing Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012
Where 2011-2012 graduates go after high school Excellent Schools Detroit, 2012-2013
Graduates starting college Excellent Schools Detroit, 2012-2013
5Essentials Survey Excellent Schools Detroit, 2012-2013
5 Categories Excellent Schools Detroit, 2012-2013
Ambitious Instruction Excellent Schools Detroit, 2012-2013
Supportive Environment Excellent Schools Detroit, 2012-2013
Involved Families Excellent Schools Detroit, 2012-2013
Survey participation Excellent Schools Detroit, 2012-2013