West Michigan Schools Among Nation’s Most Challenging

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WASHINGTON (April 11, 2014) – Several schools in west Michigan are among the most challenging in the country, according to The Washington Post.

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Grand River Prep in Kentwood.

Utica Academy for International Studies grabbed the highest ranking in the state and placed 39th nationwide.

Kentwood’s Grand River Prep, which ranked third in the state, placed 82nd. City High Middle in Grand Rapids ranked fourth in Michigan, followed by Black River in Holland.

Jay Matthews, an education columnist for The Post, ranked the schools. His formula is below:

“We take the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year and divide by the number of seniors who graduated in May or June.”



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1 Comment

  • LaToniya Jones

    I wonder why there are not more AP, IB classes offered throughout the state. All schools could benefit from raising expectations (in spite of the current achievement levels, socio economic status, racial ethnic background myths) and offering more "challenging" opportunities for students.