London High Ranked in Top 20% of Ohio High Schools According to US News and World Report Rankings
The annual US News and World Report rankings for Ohio's best high schools is out and LHS fared rather well. The rankings take into account college readiness and college curriculum (judged solely on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses), math and reading performance on state assessments, and graduation rate. According to the source, London ranked 167th of 916 high schools in Ohio. When comparing LHS to schools in the county and those in which we either gain or lose students to open enrollment, LHS had success. London finished not far behind Jonathan Alder (122nd) and West Jefferson (123rd) and well ahead of Grove City HS (242nd), Northeastern (309th), Madison Plains (413th), and Mechanicsburg (Not ranked due to a lack of AP courses). The district's performance is a result that we can be proud of with some caution and understanding.
While the US News and World Report rankings are popular (particularly for college rankings), the comparison relies heavily on AP participation and performance. In recent years, LHS has worked to maintain its AP programs, while also building up its College Credit Plus (CCP) program. Because of agreements between all state schools in Ohio, a credit earned as part of CCP transfers one for one to another state school. Not all states have similar agreements, which explains the reliance on comparing AP courses. In order to receive college credit for an AP course, students must receive a high score on the AP exam and the college must agree to accept the score for credit.
During the 2015-2016 school year, only five LHS students were enrolled in CCP courses. Two years later, 68 students took part in the program and earned 483 total college credits. This translated into a savings of over $67,000 in tuition costs for students and families.
Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2019