A charter school in Ann Arbor is the No. 1 open-enrollment school in the state when it comes to sending students to college, according to a new database compiled by MLive.
MLive looked at the percentage of 2017 graduates from every high school in the state that enrolled in college within six months of graduation. The No. 1 open-enrollment school in the state is Central Academy in Ann Arbor, which sent 93 percent of its graduates on to college.
Central Academy is a K-12 charter school that’s authorized by Central Michigan University and managed by Global Educational Excellence. The school opened in 1996 as one of the first charter schools in Michigan. The school’s No. 1 ranking it even more noteworthy when you consider that 67 percent of its students are low-income. No other school in the top 10 had more than 37 percent low-income students.
“We’ve always known that Central Academy does a phenomenal job of preparing its students for college, and this quantifies that fact,” said Dan Quisenberry, president of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA), the state charter school association. “They aren’t just preparing students for college – they’re getting them enrolled in college.”