Top High Schools in the Cleveland, OH Metro (page 3)

Top High Schools in the Cleveland, OH Metro

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Kirtland High School

Kirtland Local School District


Students at Kirtland High receive an education balanced between high academics and opportunities extracurricular activities. Community service is a focus and is required for graduation.


Kirtland offers a AP courses and a variety of honors or college prep classes. There are a wide array of electives offered as well, including Entrepreneurship in Society, Contemporary Social Issues, and Web Design.


The Kirtland Local School District has an overall commitment to arts programs. Students can find many creative outlets through performances, music classes, and fine arts courses. Drama students can also benefit from a partnership with PlayhouseSquare, a local theater.


Once class is out, students can further their interests and make friends through many clubs on campus, including an Entrepreneurship club, Japanese Club, Key Club, and Drama club. Students also participate in academic contests, such as History Day and Mock Trail. Sports teams, such as the successful wrestling and track and field teams, are available as well.



Orange High School

Orange City School District


Orange High school gives student a strong education while providing many real- world opportunities outside of the classroom. The AP program has wide participation and offers a variety of courses. In addition to rigorous core classes, Organge High has a wide selection of electives, including arts and technology courses. The school focuses on college preparation and sends 98 percent of students to college after receiving their diploma.


While community service is not a graduation requirement, the PTA recognizes all students completing 70 hours to encourage service. Juniors create a portfolio of their work to present during college interviews, while all seniors must complete a senior project to help them apply what they have learned in high school to an area of interest. Projects can include learning more about a career, learning a new skill, or completing a service project.


The extracurricular activities are extensive with many students participating in a variety of programs from drama to SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions). Students can also play on a variety of sports teams, and those interested in journalism can join the award winning student newspaper.



Rocky River High School

Rocky River City School District


Rocky River High School prepares students for college with a rigorous academic program and a wide range of activities. The school offers a variety AP courses and over 90 percent of graduates head to a post-secondary school after graduation.


Community service is important on campus and many students and clubs participate in service projects. The school has a large Relay for Life team and supports the event each year.


Many activities are available on campus, including drama, fencing, and student clubs. Academic teams such as chess, forensics, and Academic Challenge give students opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. Services clubs, such as Key Club and Club Soda, are also active, and the student newspaper has an excellent reputation.


Sports programs are active and offer many teams. Boys Tennis and Girls track have had recent successes on the playing fields.


To help connect high school to the real world, eligible seniors can complete a Senior Project. Seniors meeting academic, attendance, and behavior criteria can participate in a 75 hour project during the last three weeks of their senior year. Seniors work with a community mentor on the project and present their when the project is finished.


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