Renaissance High School is top ranked in Detroit; 35th in state according to U.S. News survey

Detroit (WXYZ) - There’s a good news story for Detroit Public Schools in the annual ranking that measures high school student performance and college readiness.

Renaissance High School is Detroit's top ranked high school and 35th in the state of Michigan, according to the U.S. News Best High School Rankings for 2014

Renaissance principal Anita Williams told 7 Action News a culture change was key to improved student performance.

“I changed over half of the staff when I got there a couple of years ago," Williams said. "That was a huge adjustment for our students and so we started working on the culture and getting kids to trust the process that we were going through, that change process.”

Renaissance students received the good news before leaving for spring break week. The academic success and achievement is a source of pride, according to Williams.

99 percent of Renaissance students are accepted into colleges. Their success is due in part to the ownership they’re taking in their school.

“It was a relief because our hard work is now paying off and we can now see the fruits our labor,” Williams said.

Cass Tech is the only other DPS school that is nationally recognized. Like Renaissance, it is an examination-entry high school, which attracts students focused on academic achievement.

Other DPS schools on the list had dismal performances, based on the rankings methodology.

Michigan’s top-rated high school is the International Academy in Bloomfield Hills. It is ninth on the list of top school’s nationallly.

View the list of Michigan school rankings here

 

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