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City High Middle is ranked as top Michigan school

Number-one in the state and 18th in the nation

Grand Rapids – U.S. News & World Report has released its high school rankings for 2022, and City High Middle School is rated first in Michigan and 18th in the nation, its highest-ever national ranking.

For Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Leadriane Roby, the news was cause for celebration near the end of the 2021-22 school year.

“I want to congratulate all the City High scholars, families and staff on this remarkable accomplishment,” she said in a prepared statement. 

Principal Ryan Huppert was equally enthusiastic.

“We could not be prouder of our scholars, staff, district and community for this achievement,” he said. “These rankings reflect all the hard work that scholars and staff put forth to succeed here. Seeing those efforts translate into such a high level of success and recognition means the world to our school.”

U.S. News & World Report took note of City High Middle’s International Baccalaureate coursework and exams, commending the school’s 100 percent IB participation rate. City High Middle School was the first school in the area to offer the International Baccalaureate Middle Years and Diploma Programme. It also noted the school’s 50 percent minority enrollment and that 48% of the school’s students are considered economically disadvantaged.

City High Middle was also named No. 1 in the state, and 21st in the country, in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 rankings. 

The magazine partnered with North Carolina-based RTI International on the 2022 rankings, and schools were rated on six measures:

  • College readiness (30% of the ranking)
  • College curriculum breadth (10%)
  • State assessment proficiency (20%)
  • State assessment performance (20%)
  • Underserved student performance (10%)
  • Graduation rate (10%)

The margins for rising and falling in the annual rankings are razor-thin, U.S. News & World Report said in its press release. If a school scored 97 in 2021 and 98 in 2022, it would rise almost 200 spots in the national rankings. Conversely, just a half point drop from 97 in 2021 to 96.5 in 2022 would mean a drop of almost 100 places in the rankings.

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Phil de Haan covers East Grand Rapids and Kelloggsville and is the lead reporter for Grand Rapids. He hails from Exeter, Ontario (but has called Grand Rapids home since 1985) and is the son of a longtime public school teacher who taught both English and machine shop. Phil took both classes at South Huron District High School, but English stuck, and at Calvin College, where he met his wife, Sue, he majored in English and minored in journalism. His background includes both journalism and public relations, including teaching an advertising and PR course at the college level for almost a decade. In the summer of 2019, he began his own writing and communications business, de Haan Communications. In his spare time, Phil plays pick-up hockey and pickleball and tries to keep tabs on his two adult children. Read Phil's full bio

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