Every other year the Mackinac Center for Public Policy releases a report on the performance of Michigan public high schools designed to assess academic performance based on a four-year average of state standardized tests. Read the full report here.
The list is particularly unique in that it measures school performance by adjusting standardized test scores to account for student background, incorporating Free & Reduced Lunch %, as well Locale Subgroup into its calculations.
The Mackinac Center calls the result of their calculations the "Context and Performance Score" or "CAP Score", a score below 100 indicates that the high school's average performance was below its predicted level, and one above 100 represents a score exceeding the predicted level.
This year two schools authorized under Bay Mills Community College Charter Schools Office (BMCSO) were awarded Outstanding Achievement in the 2016 Michigan High School Context and Performance Report Card. A total of 639 high schools were examined.
The Wellspring Preparatory Academy
in Grand Rapids Michigan placed 9th on the list of the top 100 high schools. The school was founded in 2010, and received a CAP Score of 112.54.
Wellspring Preparatory Academy's mission is to prepare each student for college success. Their vision is to educate, support, and guide students through a few of the most exciting and impressionable years of their lives. Their end objective is three-fold: high school graduation, college acceptance, and enthusiastic students, thoughtfully prepared for vocational success in their communities and their world. They expect a lot from their students and their parents. Wellspring's enthusiastic staff, teachers, and administrators present challenging curriculum that encourages students to achieve a high level of excellence. This correlates directly to college entrance. The academy also puts emphasis on moral character, believing that character development is vital to growth and success.
The Frontier International Academy
in Detroit, Michigan which opened its doors to students in 2005 came in 12th place on the Mackinac Center's list, with a CAP score of 112.14.
The Academy features a strong ESL/ELL department to assist newcomers and provides Arabic as a foreign language to students of all levels, advanced placement classes and dual enrollment for high school students. The school even offers classes for parents one night a week to help them become better mentors for their children.
Frontier International Academy's mission is to promote life-long learning by nurturing academic excellence, positive character, and a appreciation of cultures.
The West Michigan Aviation Academy, authorized by Bay Mills in 2010, also made the Mackinac Center's top 100 high schools list, coming in at number 97.