The education ratings site Niche.com has come out with their top teachers in Michigan, and many of those schools are in Metro Detroit.
For the purposes of this post, we’re going to call Metro Detroit the tri-county area of Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties. The data speaks directly to public schools.
They came to their rankings through a combination of publicly available data as well as reviews by their Niche.com site users.
In order of importance, Niche used the factors of Academics, Parent/Student surveys, teacher absenteeism, teacher salary index (normalized against household income of the district), percentage of teachers in their first or second year, average teacher salary, and student to teacher ratio.
Three of the schools are in Wayne County and the rest are in Oakland County. None of the top 10 are in Macomb County.
10. International Academy
In Bloomfield Hills, at the International Academy students are required to earn both high school and International Baccalaureate diplomas, which are recognized by many universities worldwide.
9. Athens High School
Troy-based Athens High School has a 16:1 student to teacher ratio.
8. University High School Academy
With a graduation rate of 95%, University High School in Southfield has high marks in many categories and an A- overall. It’s a smaller school with just 430 students – the size of one class of some of their competitors.
With more than 2,000 students, the school – in, you guessed it, the Troy School District – gets an A+ grade overall and an A grade for teachers.
6. Ernest W. Seaholm
Birmingham’s Seaholm High School has among the lowest student to teacher ratios (15:1) and more than 1,300 students.
5. Northville High School
Northville High School comes in at number five on this list and number nine statewide. It has a slightly higher student to teacher ratio of 24:1, and according to Niche, more than 2,200 students.
4. Novi High School
An A+ grade school with more than 2,000 students.
3. Grosse Pointe South
Both Grosse Pointe high schools made this list with the best teachers. The school was built in 1928, offers a wide variety of programs, and looks like Independence Hall.
2. Wylie E. Groves
The school is located in Beverly Hills but is in the Birmingham Public Schools.
1. Grosse Pointe North
The school in Grosse Pointe Woods in Wayne County received an A+ overall grade and have a student to teacher ratio of 17:1.