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Aurora High is No. 1 in the region

Ranked 6th statewide by magazine

FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: May 3, 2017 1:00 AM
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AURORA -- The local high school has added another feather to its cap with last week's announcement that U.S. News & World Report magazine rated it No. 1 in Northeast Ohio and No. 6 overall in Ohio.

Aurora was one of 19 schools in Ohio to earn a gold medal. Statistics listed by the magazine indicate AHS had a 97 percent graduation rate in 2017 and a 70.9 percent college readiness rate.

"Aurora has the best high school in Northeast Ohio, is ranked sixth best of over 600 high schools in Ohio (top 1 percent) and has the lowest real estate tax rate of any of the 14 excellent districts ranked below us in performance by U.S. News & World Report," said School Board President Gerald Kohanski. "The value proposition to the community is obvious."

U.S. News & World Report evaluated more than 28,000 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Five hundred public high schools received gold medals, 2,109 took home silver and 3,432 received bronze in the national rankings.

To earn a medal, schools must pass a four-step evaluation, which looks at students' performance on required state tests, plus their graduation rates, teacher-student ratios and college readiness.

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Students at the 500 gold medal schools show the highest level of college readiness based on Advanced Placement test participation rates and the proportion of students who do well on those exams.

Superintendent Pat Ciccantelli said of the ranking, "We're very proud to have earned this recognition from U.S. News & World Report as the sixth best high school in the state, and NO. 1 in Northeast Ohio. This accomplishment is due to the outstanding students and families in our community and the excellent work of our board, administration, faculty and staff."

Added AHS Principal Paul Milcetich, "Anytime you are included in this type of recognition, it's an honor and a reflection of the quality of the students, staff and community. The result of this environment and opportunity is that students perform at the highest levels on state and nationwide assessments, and also are prepared for what comes next -- college or a career.

"We are proud that we have earned this recognition and continue to move up the rankings, especially with so many excellent public schools in our region and state. It is an affirmation of the work we do with students and our community on a daily basis."

Rounding out the top 10 high schools in Northeast Ohio are Hudson, Avon Lake, Solon, Chagrin Falls, Brecksville-Broadview Heights, Westlake, Orange, Independence and Bay Village.

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Placing higher than Aurora statewide are Walnut Hills, Wyoming, Indian Hill, Bexley and Madeira. Four of those five are in the Cincinnati area, while Bexley is a suburb of Columbus.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Paul Milcetich, Principal of Aurora High School explained, "Anytime you are included in this type of recognition, it is an honor and a reflection of the quality of the students, staff, and community. The result of this environment and opportunity is that students perform at the highest levels on state and nationwide assessments and are also prepared for what comes next...college or a career. We are proud that we have earned this recognition and continue to move up the rankings, especially with so many excellent public schools in our region and state. It is an affirmation of the work we do with students and our community on a daily basis."


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