International Academy of Macomb Principal Eric Sturm said he is very proud the school can represent the county at a national level and be one the best public institutions in the country after it was named the No. 1 high school in Michigan by U.S. News & World Report.

International Academy of Macomb Principal Eric Sturm said he is very proud the school can represent the county at a national level and be one the best public institutions in the country after it was named the No. 1 high school in Michigan by U.S. News & World Report.

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IAM named top Michigan high school

Receives honor in back-to-back years

By: Alex Szwarc | C&G Newspapers | Published May 15, 2019

 U.S. News & World Report ranked International Academy of Macomb in Clinton Township the No. 1 high school in Michigan, and the No. 5 magnet high school and No. 8 high school in America.

U.S. News & World Report ranked International Academy of Macomb in Clinton Township the No. 1 high school in Michigan, and the No. 5 magnet high school and No. 8 high school in America.

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MACOMB COUNTY — For the second year in a row, the International Academy of Macomb, or IAM, has been named the No. 1 high school in Michigan.

U.S. News & World Report ranked the Academy, located in Clinton Township, the No. 1 Michigan high school, the No. 5 magnet high school in the U.S. and the No. 8 high school in America. The report was released April 30.

A magnet school offers special instruction and programs not available elsewhere, designed to attract a more diverse student body from throughout a school district.

“U.S. News & World Report in general is the gold standard of ranking for all public institutions,” IAM Principal Eric Sturm said. “They have a scientific methodology and we’re very proud of our rankings. It’s one indicator that shows we must be doing something right. We’re very proud we can represent the county at a national level and be one the best public institutions in the country.”

The rankings include data on more than 23,000 public high schools across the country. More than 17,000 schools were ranked on six factors based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.

The school ranked tied for first place in college readiness, college curriculum breadth, math and reading proficiency, and graduation rate.

“Part of the rankings look at how kids from historically disadvantaged backgrounds score on advanced tests and what’s really great about our school is it’s an opportunity for everybody, regardless of your background,” Sturm said.

IAM offers an international baccalaureate, or IB, curriculum. As underclassmen, students will take classes meant to prepare them for the IB courses they’ll take as juniors. Those who fulfill the IB program’s requirements can earn an IB diploma.

“Our school is representative of Macomb County and all the districts within the county,” Sturm said. “We’re proud of the fact that we have a great deal of diversity.”

Over 480 students are enrolled in IAM.

The U.S. News & World Report scorecard indicates that 100% of IAM students took at least one international baccalaureate exam, passed at least one international baccalaureate exam, and graduated. The school was assessed a 98% in mathematics proficiency and reading proficiency.

In January, IAM celebrated its 10th anniversary. It was conceived under the leadership of Macomb County superintendents, as well as the Macomb Intermediate School District, or MISD, and accepts students from 18 school districts in Macomb County who wish to pursue an IB Diploma.

“We are certainly proud of the students and staff at the IAM for again earning this honor,” MISD Superintendent Michael DeVault said. “This recognition is significant because it validates the school community’s learning environment and the focus on the curriculum standards and high expectations required by the IB organization.”

Last year, the IAM was cited by U.S. News & World Report as being the No. 1 high school in Michigan, the No. 7 school in the nation and the No. 1 magnet school in the nation.

“This is accomplished through consistency in following the standards and the instruction that is delivered by a highly qualified staff that represents Macomb County districts also,” DeVault said. “The students and their families have high expectations and aspirations for success, which is certainly a factor in the school’s success.”

Other metro Detroit schools in the top 10 Michigan high schools list were International Academy in Bloomfield Hills at No. 3, Rochester Adams at No. 5, Troy High at No. 7 and Birmingham Seaholm at No. 9.

To view the complete rankings, visit usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/national-rankings.

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