One high school in Michigan is being recognized among the Top 10 best ones in the nation.

U.S. News & World Report recently released its list of "2024's Best U.S High Schools", and Michigan's International Academy lands on the list at #8.

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International Academy's Bloomfield Hills campus. Photo via Google Maps
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With campuses in Bloomfield Hills, White Lake and Troy, International Academy ranks as the best high school in Michigan. It was the only one from the state to rank among this report's ten best.

How Were the Best High Schools in the Nation Determined?

U.S News & World Report took a multi-faceted approach at figuring out which American high schools performed the best.

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Each school's college readiness was evaluated, including the percentages of students who took and/or passed Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams.

The report calculated a College Curriculum Breadth Index for each school, taking into consideration how many students passed AP or IB exams in multiple subjects.

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Performance and proficiency in each state's individual assessment tests was also taken into account, along with each school's graduation rate and how well underserved students (Black, Hispanic, and/or low-income) performed.

What Makes Michigan's International Academy Stand Out?

International Academy is a magnet school serving 13 different southeast Michigan school districts. It aims to provide "a unique blend of rigorous academic standards, practical and career-related learning as well as personal development opportunities".

The school's reading, math and science scores back up the recognition - with proficiency ratings well in excess of the other schools in their districts and even further above state averages.

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For instance, 96% of International Academy students are considered proficient in mathematics, as compared to 30% of Michigan students at large, according to the U.S. News & World Report breakdown. Reading (98% vs. 50%), and science (90% vs. 40%) also show huge performance gaps.

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Ironically, minority enrollment accounts for a majority of the student body at International Academy. Nearly 49% of students identify as Asian, with 42% listed as White. Black, Hispanic and Mixed Race students comprise the remaining 9%.

Curious where the rest of the nation's best high schools are? See the full list here.

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