Exterior view of a typical American school building seen on a spring day

It’s hard to believe, but the 2021-22 school years is wrapping up in just a few months. It’s been a bit more of a “normal” school year than in the past few years, with many extra-curricular activities and other shades of pre-pandemic life returning.

If you’re looking ahead to the next school year and what the best options are for public schools, the crew at Niche.com has released its tally of the best school districts in Michigan. The list is based on “rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education,” according to Niche. “Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings, and more.”

As for more on their methodology, in addition, “Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, as self-reported by the school districts.” The outlet also “collects data directly from schools via their Niche Partner Portal.”

So, which school districts are on top? Read on for the full list of the top 50 best Michigan school districts, according to Niche. The top district is in the Detroit area, Northville, which scored an overall Niche score of an A+. If you dig a little deeper, it shows that most students from Northville are interested in attending Michigan State University, followed by the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. This is a great list, with many great districts. Both of my parents were public school educators, so it makes me proud to see all the quality public school options we have in the Great Lakes State.

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