Educational rankings are never perfect.  In fact, they are often controversial.  Still, they remain a useful tool.

A number of West Michigan schools have done well in the U.S. News rankings which were just released today.

U.S. News looked at over 21,000 public high schools to create these rankings.

When creating the rankings, U.S. News considered:

...state-mandated assessments, as well as how effectively schools educated their black, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students. Performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams was then used to determine the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.

Get a detailed look at the methodology here. 

Here's how some of our West Michigan area schools fared:

  • City High - #2 in MI, #255 nationwide
  • Spring Lake - #10 in MI, #641 nationwide
  • Jenison - #13 in MI, #690 nationwide
  • Forest Hills Eastern - #14 in MI, #702 nationwide
  • West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science - #15 in MI, #726 nationwide
  • Forest Hills Northern - #19 in MI, #843 nationwide
  • Grand Haven - #22 in MI, #897 nationwide
  • Zeeland West - #23 in MI, #908 nationwide
  • Lowell - #25 in MI, #1023 nationwide
  • West Ottawa - #29 in MI, #1098 nationwide
  • Holland - #32 in MI, #1171 nationwide
  • East Kentwood - #33 in MI, #1230 nationwide

View a searchable list of all of the Michigan schools here.