TRAVERSE CITY — Four northern Michigan high schools were ranked in the top 100 of the annual U.S. News & World Report best high schools for 2019.

Traverse City Central, Traverse City West, Elk Rapids and Glen Lake high schools all made the grade. Central ranked highest at 40, with Elk Rapids next at 54, followed by West at 65 and Glen Lake at 93 out of the 17,245 public high schools ranked and the more than 23,000 reviewed.

“We are incredibly proud of the hard work our high school staff and students put into teaching and learning every day. It is that hard work which allows our high schools to be ranked among our state and nation’s best,” TCAPS Superintendent Paul Soma said in a press release. “We also know that preparation for success in high school begins long before the freshman year, so the successes in our high schools also reflect the excellence in our elementary and middle schools, and speak to the overall quality of our entire school system."

Rankings are based performance in college readiness, proficiency and performance in math and reading, graduation rate, AP course availability and participation, and state assessment performance by underserved students.

The top 10 schools were the International Academy of Macomb, City High Middle in Grand Rapids, International Academy, Washtenaw International, Rochester Adams, Black River, Troy, Northville, Ernest W. Seaholm and Ann Arbor Skyline.

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