Top High Schools in the Cleveland, OH Metro (page 2)

Top High Schools in the Cleveland, OH Metro

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Updated on Aug 23, 2011


Cuyahoga Heights High School

Cuyahoga Heights Local School District


Many of the students at Cuyahoga Heights High School have heard stories from their parents and grandparents about attending that same school when they were younger. The school has a focus on community service (60 hours are required to graduate), and on health and wellness. With an emphasis on college prep at the school, 58 percent of a recent graduating class received a scholarship to a post-secondary school.


The school boasts many AP and honors courses, while a wide variety of elective offerings are also available, including Sports Nutrition and International Food. The school has a number of Technology Education courses to help students prepare for potential careers, such as Gaming, Web Page Design, Woodworking, and Robotics.


Through an arrangement with Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, upperclassmen can attend career and technical courses to give them a step up on their future career. Students can also select from one of the many extracurricular programs on campus. The music program has been repeatedly recognized as one of the top 100 programs in the nations.



Independence High School

Independence Local School District


One of the ways that Independence High School encourages academic success at the school is by offering Honors privileges to students who keep a 3.7 G.P.A, take an AP class, qualify as a Merit Scholar, or are an NHS member. Currently, around a quarter of the students have the privileges which allow them to leave campus during lunch periods and hang out unsupervised in the comfortable honors lounge.


The school recently opened a new building, equipped with modern technologies. Teachers are highly qualified (over 80 percent of the faculty have an advanced degree) and the average class size is only 12 students. In 2011, Principal Roger Howard was named the State High School Principal of the Year for the state of Ohio.


In recent years, the school has added 7 courses to its AP program and quadrupled the number of tests administered to students. Plenty of activities are available after the bell each day including Bio Society, drama, and Key Club. Sports teams have a winning reputation, particularly Boys Cross Country, Baseball, and wrestling.


“As a relatively small high school (only 430 total students), we like to think of our culture as a "large family." Many people comment that Independence High School is a "public school that thinks it is a private school,” said Roger Howard.



Kenston High School

Kenston Local School District


Kenston High School partners with the community and parents to create a positive school culture. The school is focused on fostering a peaceful environment that encourages students to respect one another. The school has also been recognized for their focus on physical activity and health and wellness.


One of the cornerstones for the success of the school is the partnership with parents and the support of the community, including a very active PTO. The importance of serving others is instilled in the school through food drives and serving meals at food banks. Over 33 after school activities are available, including bowling and chess club. The arts program is active and includes programs like suburb drama, fine arts and music department.


The school encourages students to take AP courses. A wide selection of elective courses are available, including Digital Photography, Woman’s Studies, The Holocaust, Alternative Energies, and a course designed to help students prepare for college.


“Our wonderful community is supportive of education as a whole and of our school. That support is really what makes our school a great place,” said Principal Nancy Santilli.


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