The Great Lakes State has a lot to offer: its natural beauty makes it major regional travel destination, and it remains a leading player in the high-tech, agriculture and manufacturing industries. Additionally, Michigan has many excellent public districts that play a large role in preparing the state’s youngsters for the future.

The best school district in Michigan is the Novi Community School District of Novi, MI, a suburb 25 miles outside of Detroit. NCSD’s eight schools regularly rank among the best the state has to offer, with Novi Woods earning a Blue Ribbon School Award in 2015, a distinction only afforded to the nation’s best schools.

Michigan’s #2 school district is Rochester Community Schools District, a large system serving communities in both Oakland and Macomb Counties with an enrollment topping 14,500 students. Recently, the district was awarded the Association of School Business Officials International Meritorious Budget Award for its 2017-2018 budget year, recognizing its financial efficiency and budget transparency.

Ranking third is the Troy School District, comprising 20 schools in Troy, MI, a city that is part of the Greater Detroit area. The district’s accolades are numerous; it is one of four districts in the area to be granted an “A+” rating from Detroit News, and Troy High School earned a gold medal from U.S. News & World Report, ranking it among the nation’s best public high schools.

The fourth position on the list belongs to Okemos Public Schools, a recently reorganized district of seven schools located in Okemos, MI, followed by #5 East Rapids Public Schools, whose schools have earned two Blue Ribbon School honors in just the past three years.

Top School Districts in Michigan, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Novi Community School DistrictMichigan
2Rochester Community School DistrictMichigan
3Troy School DistrictMichigan
4Okemos Public SchoolsMichigan
5East Grand Rapids Public SchoolsMichigan
6Birmingham Public SchoolsMichigan
7Bloomfield Hills SchoolsMichigan
8Northville Public SchoolsMichigan
9South Lyon Community SchoolsMichigan
10Saline Area SchoolsMichigan
11Forest Hills Public SchoolsMichigan
12Plymouth-Canton Community SchoolsMichigan
13Ann Arbor Public SchoolsMichigan
14Lake Orion Community SchoolsMichigan
15Hudsonville Public School DistrictMichigan
16Glen Lake Community SchoolsMichigan
17Byron Center Public SchoolsMichigan
18Grosse Pointe Public SchoolsMichigan
19Spring Lake Public SchoolsMichigan
20Caledonia Community SchoolsMichigan
21Chelsea School DistrictMichigan
22Haslett Public SchoolsMichigan
23Mattawan Consolidated SchoolMichigan
24Brighton Area SchoolsMichigan
25Dexter Community School DistrictMichigan
26West Bloomfield School DistrictMichigan
27North Muskegon Public SchoolsMichigan
28Rockford Public SchoolsMichigan
29Oxford Community SchoolsMichigan
30Clarkston Community School DistrictMichigan
31Walled Lake Consolidated SchoolsMichigan
32Howell Public SchoolsMichigan
33Lakeshore School District (Berrien)Michigan
34Berkley School DistrictMichigan
35Midland Public SchoolsMichigan
36Marysville Public SchoolsMichigan
37Grosse Ile Township SchoolsMichigan
38Hamilton Community SchoolsMichigan
39Grand Haven Area Public SchoolsMichigan
40East Lansing School DistrictMichigan
41Jenison Public SchoolsMichigan
42Edwardsburg Public SchoolsMichigan
43Milan Area SchoolsMichigan
44St. Joseph Public SchoolsMichigan
45Portage Public SchoolsMichigan
46School District Of The City Of Royal OakMichigan
47Grandville Public SchoolsMichigan
48Pewamo-Westphalia Community SchoolsMichigan
49Manchester Community SchoolsMichigan
50Gull Lake Community SchoolsMichigan
51Dewitt Public SchoolsMichigan
52Hopkins Public SchoolsMichigan
53Hartland Consolidated SchoolsMichigan
54Lake Fenton Community SchoolsMichigan
55Huron Valley SchoolsMichigan
56Clawson Public SchoolsMichigan
57Vicksburg Community SchoolsMichigan
58Zeeland Public SchoolsMichigan
59Fowler Public SchoolsMichigan
60Lowell Area SchoolsMichigan
61Les Cheneaux Community SchoolsMichigan
62Armada Area SchoolsMichigan
63Harbor Springs School DistrictMichigan
64Farmington Public School DistrictMichigan
65Livonia Public Schools School DistrictMichigan
66Frankenmuth School DistrictMichigan
67Bedford Public SchoolsMichigan
68Houghton-Portage Township School DistrictMichigan
69Fenton Area Public SchoolsMichigan
70Thornapple Kellogg School DistrictMichigan
71Avondale School DistrictMichigan
72Yale Public SchoolsMichigan
73East China School DistrictMichigan
74Saugatuck Public SchoolsMichigan
75Freeland Community School DistrictMichigan
76Kingsley Area SchoolsMichigan
77West Ottawa Public School DistrictMichigan
78L'Anse Creuse Public SchoolsMichigan
79Grand Blanc Community SchoolsMichigan
80Goodrich Area SchoolsMichigan
81Memphis Community SchoolsMichigan
82Elk Rapids SchoolsMichigan
83Portland Public SchoolsMichigan
84Lakeview Public Schools (Macomb)Michigan
85Leland Public School DistrictMichigan
86Western School DistrictMichigan
87Boyne Falls Public School DistrictMichigan
88Pinckney Community SchoolsMichigan
89Public Schools Of PetoskeyMichigan
90Allendale Public SchoolsMichigan
91Anchor Bay School DistrictMichigan
92Whiteford Agricultural School District Of The Counties Of LeMichigan
93Almont Community SchoolsMichigan
94Cedar Springs Public SchoolsMichigan
95Utica Community SchoolsMichigan
96Davison Community SchoolsMichigan
97Williamston Community SchoolsMichigan
98New Lothrop Area Public SchoolsMichigan
99Wayland Union SchoolsMichigan
100Mason Public Schools (Ingham)Michigan


The following contributed to the ranking: student performance (math and reading test scores), dropout rates, school funding, and area poverty rates. Data was collected from a total of 9,577 school districts.

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