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Here are the Top-Rated High Schools in Michigan

Star International tops Mackinac Center report card in 2012 and 2014

Star International Academy, a public charter school located in Dearborn Heights, is the top-scoring school on the Mackinac Center's "Context and Performance" 2014 high school report card.

The report card uses state high school MME and ACT scores and adjusts for student poverty level. The top 10 high schools in Michigan are below:

This shouldn't come as a surprise – Star International was No. 1 on the Center's 2012 high school report card, too.

Nada Najar, a parent, told the Mackinac Center in 2012 that she values the school's curriculum and diversity. "These are two things I didn't find in (conventional) public schools or private schools."

Najar also said Star International teachers and staff develop a personal relationship with students and their families. "You come to the office, and you say your child's name, and they know exactly who that child is," Najar said.

Manal Makki, a student at Star International, told the Center that "the teachers, if you [need] anything, they're always willing to have a one-on-one relationship with you."

Star International Academy is managed by Hamadeh Educational Services. HES' two high schools, Star International and Universal Academy, both received an 'A' on the 2014 and 2012 high school report card. HES' elementary and middle schools, Noor and Universal Learning Academy, both received an 'A' on the Center's 2013 elementary and middle school report card.

"Our number one goal is quality, more than quantity," Nawal Hamadeh, founder and CEO of HES told the Mackinac Center. Hamadeh emphasized the importance of professional development. "Based on the standards, based on the data that is provided on assessments ... having quality staff who are dedicated is not enough," she said. "You need to provide them with the support and the mechanisms to succeed at their job."

Here is a video showing interviews with parents, teachers and administrators in 2012.

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