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Two Utica Community Schools Among the Most Challenging Schools in America

The Utica Academy for International Studies and Eisenhower High School were named two of America's Most Challenging High Schools by the Washington Post.

Utica Community Schools has two of America's Most Challenging High Schools according to the Washington Post.

The Utica Academy for International Studies and Eisenhower High School were recently named two of the most academically challenging high schools in America.

"I commend the students and staff at the Utica Academy for International Studies and Eisenhower High School for their diligent focus on academics and preparing graduates to be career and college ready," said Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns, in a release.

UAIS was ranked the state’s most challenging high school and 38th in the nation. Eisenhower High School was named the 24th most challenging high school in Michigan and the 1,639th in the nation.

Additionally, the Utica Academy for International Studies offers Utica Community Schools students the opportunity to prepare for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. UCS is the only district in Michigan to operate a non-consortium International Baccalaureate high school in which all students must complete the full IB diploma curriculum.

Eisenhower High School is recognized as a Michigan Exemplary Blue Ribbon High School and has been recognized as one of America’s outstanding high schools by Newsweek.

These were the only two schools are the only Macomb County schools included in the state designation.

The Post's ranking of the nation's most challenging high schools evaluated schools on the number of high-level tests (such as Advanced Placement or International Baccalaurate) given to students each year. They were also scored based on how many students passed at least one college-level test. 

“Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and the Advanced International Certificate of Education are important because they give average students a chance to experience the trauma of heavy college reading lists and long, analytical college examinations,” said Jay Mathews, who has coordinated the study since 1998, in a release.

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