Bay High School has been named by The Washington Post as one of America’s Most Challenging High Schools in the nation. Fewer than seven percent of the approximately 27,000 high schools in America qualified for the list. Less than five percent of Ohio schools qualified.
The ranking uses the ratio of the number of Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) tests or Cambridge tests given at a school each year divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. This “Challenge Index” is designed to identify high schools that offer the greatest number of students, including average students, their most challenging classes.
Unlike the U.S. News and World Report ranking, on which Bay High received a Silver designation, The Washington Post ranking does not factor in how well students score on the AP exams. The Washington Post list seeks to eliminate high schools that keep those passing rates artificially high by allowing only top students to take the courses.
Once identified by The Washington Post, districts were required to complete a survey confirming AP testing statistics. More on this ranking can be found at: The Washington Post America’s Most Challenging High Schools article.
Bay High and the Bay Village City School District have been named to several prestigious lists of school quality, including the U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon Schools (Bay High School and Westerly Elementary School), NAMM’s Best Music Education Communities, U.S. News and World Report’s Best High Schools and now, The Washington Post’s America’s Most Challenging High Schools.