Students that walk the halls of Okemos High School, Williamston High School and East Lansing High School are all getting a stellar silver medal education.
"We were very pleased," said Okemos Superintendent Cheryl Kreger.
"We feel very good about an award like this," said East Lansing Superintendent David Chapin.
"I was pretty darn pleased," said Williamston Principal Randal Bowles.
The survey analyzed performance on state tests, success for disadvantaged students and college readiness, Principal Bowls says they've added five AP classes in the last three years, and implement post-secondary career goals with Education Development Plans.
"Some sort of post-secondary training; make your high school experience something that would give you a lot of options, when I hand you a diploma when I leave here," Bowls said.
Superintendent Chapin credits their success to a Strategic Plan adopted in 2007 to sharpen staff development conducive to students.
"A large focus on differentiating instruction for all students, matching teaching styles with different learning styles, recruitment of great staff," Chapin said.
School officials say receiving the prestigious award despite undeniable economic impacts makes it that much more rewarding.
"Certainly we're in challenging times and that made the award or the recognition even more dear to us," Superintendent Kreger said.
Kreger says they're also emphasizing a career-focused curriculum.
"All of our students have the option for a career track," Kreger said.
Hard work adding up to an exciting equation.