Grandville High School has been named among the best high schools in the state and in the nation.
In an email, U.S. News & World Report notified the district that it released its 2018 Best High Schools rankings and named Grandville High School a winner. GHS was among “the elite schools” that scored high enough to earn a Best High Schools medal, according to U.S. News & World Report vice president Mark White.
Each year, the magazine analyzes and ranks more than 20,500 high schools in the nation. For 2018, Grandville High School was named among the top 5 percent of high schools in Michigan and the top 6 percent in the nation, earning a silver medal.
A four-step process was used to determine the 2018 Best High Schools. “The first three steps ensured that the schools serve all of their students well, using their performance on the math and reading parts of their state proficiency tests and their graduation rates from 2016 as the benchmarks,” according to the magazine. “For those schools that made it past the first three steps, a fourth step assessed the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.”
“Grandville High School is a remarkable school,” said Principal John Philo. “Each year, we graduate 94 to 95 percent of our student population. Over the past three years, we have increased the total number of AP tests given by over 200, with 1100 tests taken this year alone. We hosted a college and career fair and a job expo, brought students to visit college campuses, introduced students to skilled trades, found services for the homeless, fed those who would normally go hungry, raised thousands of dollars for charity, saved students from failing, guided students to graduation, helped students in crisis, celebrated successes, sent a student to the DECA international finals, scored top ratings in our music classes, and created three beautiful theater performances.”
Grandville High School is not new to the Best High Schools list: The school received a silver medal from U.S. News & World Report four of the last five years. This year, GHS ranked #39 out of 860 high schools in Michigan and ranked #1208 in the nation.