Top High Schools in the Cleveland, OH Metro
Below are profiles featuring the top nine high schools in the Cleveland Metropolitan Area. In order to be featured as a Top High School, the school must have a 2010 Education.com TestRating of 10 out of 10. The TestRating compares a school's standardized test scores for a given year with scores from other schools in the same state. Find your school and see how it compares.
Avon Lake City School District
At the beginning of the school year, the staff at Avon Lake High School hosts a free cookout for all students before a home football game to thank the students for their hard work the previous school year. This event is one example of how the school focuses on creating a positive and caring environment. The entire staff, including custodians, secretaries and teachers, uses a team approach to educating the students and work together to meet their needs.
The school focuses on giving back to the community and serving others. Each year the student body raises $6,000 to send a sick child to Disney World through the Make-A-Wish-Foundation. The National Honor Society also goes to an inner city school in Cleveland to work with students and provide school supplies.
In terms of academics, students can choose from a large variety of AP courses. At the end of the day, students can play on one of many sports teams. The football team has won 23 regional titles and the tennis team is also competitive on a state and regional level.
“We really believe that students don’t care what you know until they know that you care,” said Dr. Joanie Walker.
Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School District
As part of a small village, the school is affectionately called "The Bubble," and many graduates return after college to raise their own children in the family environment. Academics are a priority at the school, which offers 15 different AP courses and has over 220 student participants. Artistically included students can select from a wide range of art courses including painting, sculpture, computer graphics and jewelry making.
Students get a global perspective during their four years at the school through several student exchanges with China and South Africa. World languages are point of pride on campus and Arabic, Chinese, French and Spanish are offered. Students can also travel annually with school groups to Spain, France, and Egypt.
Students learn to give back through many fundraisers during the year, including recent drives for Haiti and Japan. A recent Key Club canned food drive netted a truck load of food to give to local families in need. Many sports teams are offered and cross country has a high number of runners each year.
“We are very friendly, have a small town atmosphere, with many successful students and residents. Our school doors are open, quiet and very friendly,” said Bill Koons, Principal.