HUDSON -- Every student at Hudson High School knows the district is under a mandate to be the best and constantly improve.

If recently released rankings from U.S. News is any indication, Hudson High School students have met and surpassed their showing from last year by moving up two spots and being named No. 7 best high school in Ohio.

"Schools are ranked based on their performance on state-required tests and how well they prepare students for college," according to U.S. News.

Hudson High School won a "gold medal" for its placing and has put smiles on the faces of staffers and administrators.

"Hudson continues to be an amazing district," according to Sheryl Sheatzley, manager of communications & alumni outreach. "The staff is incredibly dedicated to student success, and the students never fail to perform well."

According to U.S. News, 866 high schools in 716 districts were ranked.

One reason for the high ranking were exams, according to the survey.

"Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement course work and exams," according to U.S. World News. "The AP participation rate at Hudson High School is 80 percent."

Hudson High School, which has a listed enrollment at 1,616, also improved its national rankings from 266 last year to 216 in 2017. The school also was ranked 183 nationally as a STEM high school.

Hudson High School was the only other Summit County School listed in the top 45. Twinsburg was ranked 46.

Other criteria used included a College Readiness Index of 70.1, AP tested 80 percent with an 84 percent passage rate, mathematics and English proficiency both at 99 percent.

Principal Brian Wilch was excited to hear the news.

"We're so fortunate to be recognized with so many other high achieving schools in our region and across Ohio. We have talented and driven students, an outstanding teaching faculty and most importantly, invested and supportive parents," Wilch said. "Our students come to HHS motivated and focused to learn. They excel in the classroom, in the arts, music and athletics -- and we take great pride when they leave us as well-rounded graduates."

Wilch added he has seen an increase in the number of tours of HHS given to families looking to relocate to Northeast Ohio.

"They're looking for school districts that afford students a wide array of opportunities, both academically and extracurricular-wise; as the principal, a resident for almost 20 years, and as a parent of four, I can attest that the Hudson City Schools provide just that! From our community, through our dedicated Board of Education, to our visionary central office, and through our entire pre-K through 12 staff, what's best for students is at the forefront of every decision," Wilch said.

For a complete list of the schools and ranking criteria visit www.usnews.com/education.

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