was assessed as the 66th best high school in Ohio and the 1,325 best in the country, according to the annual rankings prepared by U.S. News & World Report.
Cincinnati’s Walnut Hills High School ranked first in Ohio while Dallas, TX-based School for the Talented and Gifted was ranked No. 1 in the nations. More than 22,000 public high schools were reviewed.
The high school, which counted 929 students at the time of the study, received the silver medal and was noted for its participation rate (31 percent) in Advanced Placement courses. Students are also 96 percent proficient in reading and 91 percent proficient in math, according to the magazine. The school received a 25.9 out of 100 in the College Readiness index (based on the school's AP or IB participation rate). The AP® participation rate at Avon High School is 31 percent.
Not all districts agreed with the methodology used.
Neighboring Avon Lake placed 21st in the state and received a college readiness score of 44.4. That district’s superintendent, Bob Scott, said his district might have ranked lower due to the classes students participated in.
“We would rank higher if we ‘pushed’ more students into AP classes, but we offer ‘Dual Credit Classes’ instead,” he said. “It is not counted in this calculation, but we feel it meets the needs of a different segment of our student population.”
Neither Avon Superintendent of Schools Jim Reitenbach nor principal Kristina Dobos-Buller wanted to comment on the rankings.
The report also provided a snapshot of the high school. The student body makeup is 49 percent male and 51 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 11 percent. The school counts 52 teachers and has a 18:1 student/teacher ratio.