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Highland, Medina schools win silver in U.S. News and World Report rankings

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Two Medina County high schools ranked among the top 100 in the state in rankings compiled by U.S. News & World Report.

According to the news magazine’s analysis, Highland High School ranked 59th in the state and Medina High School ranked 78th.

The rankings looked only at high schools — 832 in Ohio and 19,400 nationwide. And unlike the Ohio Department of Education’s annual Report Cards — which are based largely on proficiency test results — the U.S. News & World Report rankings also factored in college readiness.

The college readiness scores were determined by looking at the percentage of students who take advanced placement courses and the percentage of students who passed the advanced-placement tests.

Dana Addis, principal of Highland High School, said his district has made a strong effort to increase its AP course offerings. The district received a college readiness ranking of 30.2 based on the idea that 36 percent of students took AP courses and 28 percent passed those classes.

“Over the last two years, we’ve had 100 more students enrolled in AP classes,” Addis said. This year, the school added AP Spanish and AP Mandarin courses to its offerings.

“Our students know how to be good students and our teachers bring out the high ambitions that our kids have.”

Addis also praised the hard work of parents and teachers at lower-grade levels in the district for the success of students at the high-school level.

“You have to look at everyone involved, the kids, the families and all the teachers in the district,” he said. “Everyone needs to get together and celebrate this ranking.”

Medina Schools Superintendent Dave Knight also was celebrating.

“We do feel good that we are ranked — even at 78th,” he said. “I’m hoping that number will continually rise.”

Knight said some of the classes that will be brought back next year thanks to passage of the 5.9-mill levy in November will be AP courses.

The U.S. News and World Report study ranked 115 of Ohio’s 735 public high schools and 97 charter high schools, with the top 22 schools awarded gold medals and 93 schools awarded silver medals. Bronze medals, without rankings, went to 129 schools.

Buckeye Schools, Black River Schools and Wadsworth Schools were among 93 Ohio schools awarded a bronze medal in the study.

Cloverleaf Schools and Brunswick Schools were not ranked nor did they place in the 129 schools receiving a bronze medal.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

THE RANKINGS

The U.S. News and World Report study ranked 115 of Ohio’s 832 public and charter high schools, with the top 22 schools awarded gold medals and 93 schools awarded silver medals. Bronze medals, without rankings, went to 129 schools. Medina County schools ranked as follows:

• Highland — Silver Award, ranked 59th in the state and 1,238th in nation out of 19,400 total schools

• Medina — Silver Award, ranked 78th in the state and 1,577th in the nation out of 19,400 total schools

• Black River — Bronze Award

• Buckeye — Bronze Award

• Wadsworth — Bronze Award

• Brunswick — No medal

• Cloverleaf — No medal



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