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K-12 Education

Michigan Builds Innovators

Michigan is filled with passionate educators shaping the minds of the youngest Michiganders. With top-ranked districts across the state, Michigan’s public and private schools are hard at work to prepare students for innovative careers and unlimited potential.

Seeking a program that will equip your student with the necessary skills for a high-demand career? Pinckney Community Schools led the nation in addressing the rising need for cybercrime certifications. Looking for a rigorous college preparatory experience or a self-directed learning environment that promotes independence and creativity? Schools in metro Detroit including Cranbrook Schools, Creative Montessori Academy and Cass Tech have strong reputations for academic excellence.

And with bipartisan support, Michigan is making historic investments in kids, schools, and skills to make sure we’re raising the bar for our education system.

K-12 Education by the Numbers

No. 1

Most Educated City in America (Ann Arbor)

WalletHub, 2022
Top 1.4%

Of School Districts Across the U.S. (Birmingham Public Schools)

Birmingham Public Schools
Top 500

Public High Schools in the U.S. (Grosse Pointe South High School)

U.S. News & World Report, 2022

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Learn More About K-12 Education in Michigan

  • Public Schools
  • Charter & Private Schools
  • Career & Technical Education (CTE)
Public Schools

From ABCs to Technological Degrees

With Birmingham Public Schools receiving an A+ rating from Niche and Grosse Pointe South High School ranking among U.S. News & World Report’s Top 500 High Schools in the Nation, Michigan Public School achievements speak for themselves. The Michigan Department of Education supports the state’s high academic standards with a strategic approach to curriculum, while initiatives like the Michigan STEM Partnership aim to increase the technological achievement of students through community partnerships.

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Charter & Private Schools

Achieving Excellence Beyond Academics

Looking for alternative education options? Michigan is home to several noteworthy private schools, including Greenhills School in Ann Arbor, a school that fosters emotional growth while emphasizing rigorous academics and community involvement. Detroit Country Day School, located in Beverly Hills, offers a challenging college preparatory curriculum while the Interlochen Arts Academy in northwest Michigan helps young artists grow in a highly creative and collaborative environment.

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Career & Technical Education (CTE)

Focused on the Careers of the Future

The world’s industries are changing, and Michigan is a chief pacesetter. The Michigan Office of Career and Technical Education offers an Early Middle College program which allows students to earn an associate degree or industry-recognized credential while completing high school. Through the program students get a head start on their career paths by gaining practical experience in high-demand fields such as healthcare, information technology and advanced manufacturing.

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