When moving to Michigan my relocation clients are always interested in the local school systems if they have children. It is usually one of their top priorities. So how do you find the best schools in Michigan if you are relocating to Metro Detroit. There are several ways to do this. The first two ways is to go to the state of Michigan's website on schools. Here is the link to that site click here. The rankings on the state site is based on the states MEAP test, which are the state standardized test that all students take. The second sites many of my relocation buyers use is http://www.greatschools.org/michigan/ or http://www.schooldigger.com/go/MI/schoolrank.aspx. These sites figure which schools are best based on their ranking system. Are any of these three sites fool proof.....NO. But at least they will give you a guide on the better schools in Michigan.
Of course if you are moving to Michigan then you want to talk to people. Talk to your co-workers, or human resources, or anybody that lives in Michigan. Ask them what are some of the good or best school systems in the area. Ask which schools are safe for your kids. Unfortunately in today's society there is more violence, but if you can find a school system that is proactive, and has the technology to teach your child then they will be better prepared for life after 18.
I now live in a city where there are multiple school districts. As a realtor I hear perceptions and what people think of areas based on schools and general public perceptions. Well one of the school districts in my city has a public perception of not being good. Lisa my better half always takes offense to this when I mention that people do not like the school system. She points out that there are kids that have gone to University of Michigan which is a highly ranked school, and other kids that have gone onto college and are doing well. She takes offense that is is ranked low. She believes it is about parental involvement and the goals you set for your kid. And how you help them achieve those goals.
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She is correct also. It boils down to you as a parent giving your child the expectation that college is a must. It boils down to making sure school work and doing well is important. It is about parental involvement. We sent my son to a private Catholic high school. It was an excellent school. They had many merit scholars, there was even a kid from my sons grade that was a champion on jeopardy. But it boils down to the individual student. Would my son win Jeopardy? He is very smart, but I do not know. The kids that went to Catholic Central had the expectation of they were going on to college. Did they do better than any other high school? I don't know if there is a concrete answer. There were kids that dropped out of college. There were other kids that partied and smoked too much pot and barely graduated. So there were the kids that had the financial means, a great high school education, but yet did not finish college or did not perform as well as expected.
But as my sister told me once. They lived in a starter home, blue collar community and then move out to Novi. In the blue collar community there was not the expectation or the given that the kids would or should go to college. But in Novi it is more of a white collar professional community so the expection for students is different. So where you live in any state does matter when it comes to schools. HOWEVER AS A PARENT YOU HAVE THE ULTIMATE INFLUENCE ON YOUR CHILD. Your child can go to the worst school district in Michigan and still go to Harvard. They are just going to have external influences that may be negative, they may not have the best opportunity to learn in that public school system. The drive and the guidance may have to come more from the child, home and the parents. Then the influences of a poor school system or other students poor performance may have a negative effect on your child's outlook.
The best way is to give your child the best possible school and environment to learn in. So hopefully these links will help you find the best schools in Michigan. Your research and your questions will help your children find the right school. If you have questions always feel free to pick up the phone and call me. My cell is (248) 310-6239.
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