Every year the U.S. News and World Report sets rankings for the top schools in the United States. Michigan was ranked 23rd as a state, and Inland Lakes earned a bronze medal.
In order to be eligible to be ranked, a school cannot be too small and has to have a decent enrollment rate. U.S. News & World Report recently added a new step in deciding which schools are the best fit for the ranks. Schools now have to meet or exceed national standard high school graduation rates to even be considered a top performing school at a national level. It is a four step process in order to choose the best applicants.
Step 1: See if each school’s students are performing better statistically that is expected for the state.
Step 2. Are disadvantaged kids in the school – blacks, Hispanics, and low-income – out performing other disadvantaged kids in the state?
Step 3: A newly inserted step in the process: students need to pass the expected benchmark for their graduated rate.
Step 4: Lastly, schools are judged on their college readiness performance.
“I think its phenomenal,” Principal Ms. Allen said. “It leaves a little room for growth.”
Inland Lakes will work together as a whole to acheive a higher ranking than a bronze in the coming years. Inland Lakes staff and students are on the right path to success.
On Monday, May 2, staff and administration will be reviewing the final NCA report from the recent accreditation visit.