In the summer of 2012, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy released its Michigan Public High School Context and Performance Report Card.

Calumet High School, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, ranked first of all the high school locations in towns and 8th best of more than 500 conventional high schools.

The school's success is due to a combination of "a culture of hard work," growth-based assessments, and a technology-focus with recorded iPad lectures, mining and junior ROTC extra-curriculars.

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