Local schools rank high in Niche ‘Best High Schools’ report – HollandSentinel.com

The latest Niche.com “Best High School” rankings are out and several local schools fared well once again.

Niche ranks schools across the country in a variety of categories to determine its rankings. Scores are based on academics, culture and diversity, parent and student surveys, teachers, clubs and activities available, health and safety, resources and facilities and sports.

Students walk into Black River High School on the first day of school, Aug. 25, 2021. The school was ranked the third-best charter school in Michigan by Niche.com.

Academics holds the most weight at 60 percent of a school’s grade, followed by culture and diversity, parent and student surveys and teachers at 10 percent each. The remaining categories account for 2.5 percent each. 

There were 783 public high schools in Michigan ranked by Niche this year. 

Black River High School had the top score in the area, coming as the third-best charter school in the state and the 28th best public high school in Michigan. The school received an “A” overall with an A+ in teachers and an A in both academics and college prep. Black River had the fifth-highest teachers ranking in the state. 

West Ottawa High School was ranked the 40th best high school in Michigan, in the top 6 percent of those ranked. The school received an A overall and was the 15th best