OBERLIN - Oberlin High School is one of the most challenging in the United States, according to the Washington Post.
Since 2011, the Post has used a formula to rank schools nationwide to gauge how effectively a school prepares its students for college.
The formula divides the number of advance placement, international baccalaureate or other college-level tests the school gave by the number of graduating seniors.
While it is not a measure of the overall quality of the school, the rating can reveal the level of a high school's commitment to preparing average students for college.
Oberlin High School, at 281 N. Pleasant St., ranked 27th among schools in Ohio. Nationally, Oberlin ranks 1,017th out of the 2,440 schools that made the list, and it's the only high school in Lorain County to do so.
The high school also is ranked No. 697 on U.S. News & World Report's "Best High Schools Rankings."
"The scores are definitely attributed to the teachers' and students' hard work," said William Baylis, principal of Oberlin High School. "I think it shows that our kids are willing to take advantage of our rigorous curriculum, and our teachers are up to snuff to teach that material and the school board is behind it."
Oberlin High School was added to the Post's list this year when Baylis contacted them "after noticing that we were snubbed.
"We reached out and they asked us to provide the information on the test scores," Baylis said. "They then placed us appropriately on the index."
For the school, it's about bragging rights, Baylis joked. But for the students, it's a leg up on their college applications.
"Our kids are competing statewide and that info is put on our school profile when our seniors apply to colleges," Baylis said. "When admissions offices look at Oberlin, it lets them know they're accepting a kid of a pretty high caliber."
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