Rockford High School is one of 16 high schools in Michigan and the only West Michigan-area high school to be named among the top public high schools in the country.

Newsweek's list of America's Top 500 High Schools used a variety of data to determine the top schools.

Other considerations were made, but the scores were based off of six variables:

  • Full-time Counselors - 10 percent
  • Changes in 9th-grade to 12th-grade enrollment rates - 10 percent
  • Composite SAT/ACT score - 17.5 percent
  • Composite Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate/dual enrollment score - 17.5 percent
  • High School Graduation Rates - 20 percent
  • College Enrollment Rates - 25 percent

Rockford High School's overall ranking was 268, that's the ninth highest of the 16 Michigan high schools in the Top 500.