The rankings are in and Avon Lake High School scored a spot in the top 500 of the national rankings on Newsweek’s America’s Top High Schools list for 2016. The school is listed as No. 261. Avon Lake is the only Lorain County school in the top 500 and one of 33 from Ohio that made the list.
According to Newsweek, the rankings are intended to identify public high schools that have the highest performance on state tests and best prepare students for college.
The list is based on a combination of student scores on state tests, SAT and ACT exams, Advanced Placement tests and other factors including graduation rate and the percentage of students who enroll in college after graduation. The data is from the National Center for Education Statistics.
Avon Lake High School scored 77.5 percent for college readiness, boasts a 95.8 percent graduation rate and has 91.5 percent of its students attending college.
“I am always proud and pleased when the Avon Lake City School District receives this type of recognition,” said Superintendent Robert Scott. “It gives me the opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to the staff, students, parents, and community members for their hard work and support. I always need to point out that Avon Lake High School is the school being ranked, but this is really a district recognition. The hard work done by the students, staff, parents, and community, grades preschool to eighth-grade, in preparing students for the rigors of high school, is instrumental in the success of all our students. Staff and students do not often get the accolades that are deserved for the dedication it takes to achieve consistently at a high level academically, in co-curricular activities, and in extra-curricular activities. In a very busy world, being recognized by Newsweek allows us to pause and celebrate our successes.”
Avon Lake’s scores were:
- AP/IB/Dual enrollment composite – 71.5
- SAT/ACT composite score – 56.7
- Average AP score – 76.8
- Average SAT score – 1783
- Average ACT score – 25
- Dual enrollment participation – 17.2.percent
- Counselor-student ratio – 1:383
- College readiness – 77.5 percent
- Graduation rate – 95.8 percent
- College bound – 91.5 percent
- Poverty – 11.2 percent.
For more information, visit www.newsweek.com/high-schools/americas-top-high-schools-2016.
Other Ohio high schools on the list of 500 include:
54. Indian Hill High School
66. Springboro High School
94. Hudson High School
97. Mariemont High School
101. Maderia High School
105. Solon High School
122. Bexley High School
146. Sycamore High School
157. Independence High School
166. Beachwood High School
170. Upper Arlington High School
206. Akron Early College High School
211. Olentangy Liberty High School
215. Aurora High School
216. Canfield High School
223. Highland High School
228. Revere High School
235. Dublin Coffman High School
247. Olentangy High School
261. AVON LAKE HIGH SCHOOL
277. Rocky River High School
288. Tippecanoe High School
373. Fort Recovery High School
380. Hilliard Davidson High School
399. Green High School
409. Worthington Kilbourne High School
415. Orange High School
420. Lakeview High School
438. Bay High School
460. Minster High School
468. Perrysburg High School
486. Olmsted Falls High School
493. West Geauga High School
The top high school in the country is Thomas Jefferson High School in Virginia.
“Avon Lake is a great, supportive community,” said Scott. “Our staff is outstanding. Our students and parents understand the value of a good education and are willing to work hard to achieve their goals. It is always great when our hard work is noticed and being recognized by outside entities helps all of us to continue our efforts.”