It was just recently announced that Avon Lake City high school has been given gold medal status in the annual U.S. News and World Report's list of Best High Schools.
The school's ranking in Ohio and nationally, that was released this past Tuesday, fluctuates a bit from year to year. For example, this year the school ranked 19th among Ohio schools; the year before it ranked 21. Avon Lake has tended to rank high for the past severa years on a consistent basis.
Another strong statistic to know is that 90% of Avon Lake students go on to two or four-year schools. Teacher / Student ratio is 17/52.
The U.S. News ratings are based on three factors. Schools had to score higher than average on state tests, have strong performance in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams and educate black, Hispanic and low-income students well. In the national rankings, 500 high schools received gold medals, 2,027 schools earned silver and 3,990 took home bronze.
In a recent post, Avon Lake Superintendent Bob Scott said Avon Lake High School has an advantage in that students in that system are well-prepared before they even reach high school.
"We really start at pre-school, but we (the high school) get the accolades," he said. "This is a pre-K to grade 12 endeavor for us. It's really the teachers, parents and community working together preparing students for us. Plus, we have low mobility. People move here (Avon Lake) so kids can go to the schools."