U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of best high schools has ranked Aurora No. 13 in Ohio and 287th in the nation, which earned the school a gold medal.
Other nearby high schools in the state’s top 20 were Hudson, sixth; Orange, ninth; Solon, 11th; Chagrin Falls, 14th; and Bay Village, 20th.
Walnut Hills, Wyoming, Indian Hill and Madeira in Cincinnati were ranked first, second, third and fourth, respectively, while Olentangy Liberty in Powell (north of Columbus) was fifth. Ohio has 832 high school in 679 districts. Nationwide, there were only 500 gold medal schools.
The survey revealed 99 percent of Aurora students were proficient in reading and math, while the school had a 57.2 college readiness index.
Last year, AHS was ranked 307th nationally and 10th in the state. In 2012, it was 436th and 18th, respectively. Both years, it earned a gold metal.
“As you can see, our national ranking has continued to soar and our Ohio ranking is consistently in the elite range,” said Aurora Superintendent Russ Bennett.
Schools were awarded gold, silver, or bronze medals based on state proficiency standards, college readiness and teacher/student ratios.