Last month Seaholm was recognized by US News and World Report as the fifth best school in the state of Michigan.
This ranking is primarily based off of the school’s Advanced Placement (AP) test scores, as well as graduation and attendance rate.
“It’s primarily ratio; AP, number of exams given, number of classes we offer and AP scores,” Principal Dee Lancaster said. “So our average [AP score] is a 3.8 which is very, very high.”
Schools ranked above Seaholm included International Academy (1), City Middle High School (2), Frankenmuth High School (3), and Grosse Pointe South High School (4).
Grosse Pointe South was the only non-magnet school ranked higher than Seaholm.
“The International Academy has an unfair advantage because they skim right off the top. They are part of us, part of Bloomfield, part of Troy. They pick who they want to go,” Lancaster said. “So even though they are public it’s a little different. So we may not never catch them but I think next year we could certainly move up on the list.”
According to the ranking, Seaholm was 89 percent proficient in reading and 86 percent proficient in math. It did however claim that Seaholm only has 33 teachers teaching in the building.
“It came off the census data and we have corrected the census data because when last year when we were randomly selected to complete the full census data for Seaholm it came back as 33 and that is not what we reported. So we need to go back and fix both of them,” Lancaster said. “I’m going to guess our ratio is probably 1:25 would be my guess, because they take classes like band that has huge number of students per class or PE where we are going to run it at 50 and that drives that average up.”
Groves high school was ranked 18 out of the 826 high schools in Michigan.
“I was happy to hear about [the ranking]. I’m proud of both Birmingham high schools, as any administrator would be, but that doesn’t mean we can stop trying to improve,” Birmingham Superintendent Dr. Daniel Nerad said. “There is always room for improvement.”
US News and World Report also ranks high schools on a national level.
“We are 385 in the nation out of 21,000 high schools, so that is very impressive,” Lancaster said.
Newsweek also does their own high school ranking. The only difference between the two is that this requires administration to send in data and then they rank the school on a national level. Seaholm placed 419 out of the highlighted 2000 high schools.
The criteria for this ranking is based on graduation rate (25 percent), college acceptance rate (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and percent of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB/AICE course (5 percent), according to the Newsweek website.