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Highland ranks high in U.S. News & World Report survey


Highland High School is ranked among the top 50 in the state by U.S. News & World Report.

U.S. News evaluated more than 20,500 public high schools nationwide.

In Ohio, Highland ranked 43. Wadsworth came in at 129 and Buckeye at 179.

“To be recognized as one of the top 15 high schools in Northeast Ohio and to be in the top 7 percent statewide, is a great accomplishment not only for Highland High School but for the entire district and community.” Superintendent Catherine Aukerman said in a statement.

“We recognize that this is truly a team effort because without the strong academic foundation that is provided to our students at the elementary schools and middle school, and without the support of great families at home, this recognition at the high school level would not be possible. We are always proud to be recognized as one of the best.”

In the national rankings, Highland placed 1,242.

Superintendents at Buckeye and Wadsworth could not be reached Wednesday for comment.

“Top-ranked schools succeed in three main areas: exceeding expectations on state proficiency tests, offering challenging coursework and graduating their students,” Anita Narayan, managing editor of education at U.S. News, said in a statement.

U.S. News’ data for Highland included:

  • total enrollment — 1,026;
  • minority enrollment — 5 percent;
  • student-teacher ratio — 22:1;
  • college readiness index — 41.2;
  • AP tested — 49 percent;
  • AP passed — 80 percent;
  • mathematics proficiency — 68 percent;
  • reading proficiency — 74 percent.

The U.S. News report comes on the heels of a successful Highland levy campaign.

According to unofficial results from the Medina County Board of Elections, Highland voters approved Tuesday’s 7.9-mill, 10-year renewal request 2,639 votes to 1,793. The levy will generate about $4.15 million a year.

Last year, Highland voters also approved a $63 million bond issue to renovate the middle school and replace outdated elementary schools — Sharon Elementary, 95 years old; Granger Elementary, 88 years old; and Hinckley Elementary, 68 years old.

The top-ranked school in Ohio was Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati. BASIS Scottsdale, a charter school that serves fourth- through 12th-graders in Scottsdale, Ariz., was the top-ranked high school in the nation.

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