BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – U.S. News and World Report has released its “Best High Schools” list for 2012 and International Academy placed fifth in the nation, according to The Detroit News.

The list ranks schools based on a number of factors including ethnicity, state proficiency test performance and Advanced Placement participation rates. U.S. News and World Report Editor Brian Kelly told The News the main focus of the study is college readiness.

"(The rankings) will help identify which public schools, both nationally and statewide, will best prepare a student to excel at the collegiate level," he said.

The magazine studied almost 22,000 public high schools for the report and ranked the top 4,813. The News reports six Michigan high schools were ranked in the top 500.

SOURCE: The Detroit News, “International Academy is fifth best in U.S.,” May 8, 2012

FURTHER READING: Mackinac Center for Public Policy, “Michigan’s ‘very best’ schools only ‘above average’,” Sept. 29, 2011