U.S. News & World Report rankings: Detroit's top open enrollment high schools are charters

Buddy Moorehouse
Apr 22, 2020 9:22:37 AM

U.S. News and World Report released its annual rankings of the Best High Schools in America, and not surprisingly, the top nine open-enrollment high schools in Detroit are all charter schools.

Considered the gold standards of high school rankings, U.S. News and World Report uses a metric that looks at six factors: college readiness; reading and math proficiency; reading and math performance; underserved student performance; college curriculum breadth; and graduation rates. College readiness measures participation and performance on AP and IB exams.

Open-enrollment schools are schools that are open to every student in Michigan, and that don’t require selective test scores or an application that can be reviewed and denied. According to the rankings, the top open-enrollment high schools in Detroit are as follows:

  1. Universal Academy
  2. Voyageur College Prep
  3. Cesar Chavez Academy
  4. Detroit Edison Public School Academy (DEPSA)
  5. Detroit Community Schools
  6. Jalen Rose Leadership Academy
  7. University Preparatory Academy
  8. University Preparatory Art & Design 
  9. Cornerstone Health and Technology High School

The U.S. News and World Report rankings match up with other rankings that show by any metric, charter schools are the highest-performing schools in Detroit. This includes graduation rates, SAT scores and percentage of graduates who enroll in college.

In addition, the 2020 U.S. News and World Report rankings show that overall in Michigan, the No. 1 open-enrollment high school was also a charter school, Black River Public School in Holland. Black River came in at No. 7 on the list, but the six schools that finished ahead were either selective-enrollment schools or schools that don’t accept students from outside the district.

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