LANSING, Michigan (September 5, 2018) – According to data released last week by the Michigan Department of Education, the top 10 highest-scoring open-enrollment high schools in Detroit on the SAT are all charter schools.
The SAT is a college-entrance exam that every 11th-grader in Michigan took during the spring. The scores for every school were released last week, and they showed a truly dominant performance by charter schools in Detroit, with charters taking the top 10 spots on the list of open-enrollment schools.
Every charter school in Michigan is an open-enrollment school, meaning it’s open to any student who applies without restriction. If there are more students who apply than space allows, a blind lottery is held to determine enrollment. The only selective-admission public schools in Detroit are part of the Detroit Public Schools Community District.
“This is extremely significant,” said Dan Quisenberry, President of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA), the state charter school association. “We’re not talking two or three of the top 10 being charter schools – we’re talking all 10 of the top 10 being charter schools. That’s noteworthy on every level, and it’s one more piece of evidence that when it comes to achievement and performance, charter schools are leading the way. The scoreboard doesn’t lie.”
The 10 highest-scoring open-enrollment high schools in Detroit on the 2018 SAT (all of which are charter schools), ranked by average SAT score:
Detroit Edison Public School Academy (DEPSA) - 918.3
Universal Academy - 911.5
Detroit Community Schools - 904.7
Cesar Chavez Academy - 900.7
Oakland International Academy - 893.8
Voyageur Academy - 866
Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies - 863.5
University Preparatory Academy - 859.8
University Preparatory Academy Science and Math - 854.5
Cornerstone Health and Technology High School - 851.9
No. 11 on the list was Western International High School, part of the Detroit Public Schools Community District, which scored 849.7.