Medina and Highland high schools were ranked among the best in the state by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine looked at 881 public and charter high schools around Ohio and more than 21,000 schools nationwide.
Highland and Medina high schools were among 138 Ohio schools that received a silver medal. The other Medina County high schools were among 260 in the state to receive bronze medals. Only 19 schools statewide received gold medals.
“I was aware of the program. It’s a wonderful honor to get the silver ranking,” Medina High School Principal Bryan Farson said. “But at the same time, it always gives you areas to improve on. Every district strives for the gold ranking.
“We’re going to keep working and one of these days we’re hoping for a gold,” Farson said.
The magazine looked at data from the 2012-13 school year and evaluated Advanced Placement coursework opportunities and participation along with scores on standardized tests.
A searchable database provided by U.S. News includes information about student-to-teacher ratios, school size and test scores.
“It’s about maintaining focus, performing when the time comes on the ACT, PSAT and the SAT,” Farson said.
Data and rankings are available at www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools. The rankings were produced in conjunction with the American Institutes for Research.
Medina Superintendent Dave Knight said he was pleased about the ranking, but was disappointed that more information about extracurricular clubs, music programs and other enrichment activities are not taken into account. Knight said he was proud of the students at Medina for earning high marks.
“I just can’t help but be amazed at our kids and the involvement and the good results that are coming out of that building.”
Highland High School Principal Dana Addis could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Highland High School
State rank: 46
National rank: 1,140
Medina High School
State rank: 123
National rank: 2,175
Black River High School
Brunswick High School
Buckeye High School
Cloverleaf High School
Wadsworth High School
*NOTE: To be eligible for a state ranking, a school must be awarded a national gold or silver medal.
SOURCE: U.S. News & World Report