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.

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.”

Other Ohio high schools on the list of 500 include:

  1. Indian Hill High School
  2. Springboro High School
  3. Hudson High School
  4. Mariemont High School
  5. Maderia High School
  6. Solon High School
  7. Bexley High School
  8. Sycamore High School                                                                                                                                                  
  1. Independence High School
  2. Beachwood High School
  3.      Upper Arlington High School
  4. Akron Early College High School
  5. Olentangy Liberty High School
  6. Aurora High School
  7. Canfield High School
  8. Highland High School
  9. Revere High School
  10. Dublin Coffman High School
  11. Olentangy High School
  13. Rocky River High School
  14. Tippecanoe High School
  15. Fort Recovery High School
  16. Hilliard Davidson High School
  17. Green High School
  18. Worthington Kilbourne High School
  19. Lakeview High School
  20. Bay High School
  21. Minster High School
  22. Perrysburg High School
  23. Olmsted Falls High School
  24. 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.”