16. Mason High School
32: Kings High School
54: Lakota East High School
74: Lakota West High School
84: Ross High School
Regardless, said Matt Miller, superintendent of Lakota Schools, the listing of the district’s two high schools – Lakota East at 54th in the state and third highest locally and Lakota West at number four locally and 74th in Ohio – is still a source of pride.
“We have incredibly hard-working staff and students throughout Lakota. As our mission states, everything we do is designed to provide a future-ready, student-centered learning experience for every single child. I am proud that both Lakota East and Lakota West high schools are being recognized,” said Miller, whose 16,800-student district is the ninth largest in Ohio.
The second-highest area high school is Kings, which was ranked 32nd.
“This recognition by the U.S. News and World Report is a reflection of our entire school community’s commitment to education,” said Kings Superintendent Tim Ackermann.
Education analysts often point to the correlation between wealth/poverty and test results, and the same is true with the U.S. News ranking. Of the schools U.S. News ranked as its top 20 in Ohio, all but one are in districts that rank in the top 7 percent of the state in median income.
The outlier, Ohio’s No. 1-ranked public high school, is Walnut Hills, a Cincinnati Public school that only admits student who score high on an entrance exam.
The US News rankings break down this way:
* 40 percent is tied to how many students take and pass Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate tests;
* 30 percent on the school’s state math/reading test scores in context of the school’s poverty/minority demographics;
* 20 percent on the school’s raw results on state math and reading tests;
* 10 percent on graduation rate.