October 30, 2014

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U.S. News ranks Avon Lake among top 25 Ohio high schools

AVON LAKE — If students at Avon Lake High School are having a bit of trouble getting a breath this week, it’s understandable.

They’re walking around in some pretty rarified air thanks to an extremely high ranking in this year’s annual rating of high schools by U.S. News & World Report.

The high school was rated 22nd among Ohio’s 892 schools based on scores in reading and math, the degree to which students are prepared for post-graduate education, overall student performance on mandatory state assessments and the academic performance of minority and socio-economically disadvantaged students compared with other students in the school as well as similarly defined groups statewide.

“This shows that we really are a K-12 system,” Avon Lake Superintendent Robert Scott said. “You don’t get advances for groups in all categories without really starting early. We are all about preparing kids and creating opportunities, and that’s a matter of everybody working together.”

Scott termed the recognition a “slice of what we do, what we embrace every day for all students.”

Avon Lake High rated 534th out of more than 21,000 high schools nationally.

The recognition marks the fourth straight year that Avon Lake has been honored by the magazine, according to Scott.

The school has also received high rankings in a similar survey done by Newsweek magazine, Scott said.

“This puts us in the top 3 percent statewide and nationally,” Scott said.

More than 90 percent of Avon Lake grads go on to attend college at two- or four-year schools, Scott said.

The top-rated Ohio high school was Bay Village, which came in at No. 19 nationally.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.