Sunday, March 05, 2000

Local high schools in top 100

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Two Cincinnati-area high schools are among the top 100 in the country, according to a national study released this week.

        Wyoming High School was ranked No. 8 and Indian Hill High School No. 40, in a survey measuring how many students in the nation's 22,500 public schools take college preparatory tests.

        The survey, to be published Monday in Newsweek magazine, identified the top 450 schools based on a ratio taking the number of students taking Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate tests in 1999 divided by the number of graduating seniors.

        “This is wonderful,” said Wyoming Principal Ken Baker. “Not just for Wyoming, but for all of Cincinnati to have two schools named.”

        He said the ranking shows commitment by students and teachers.

        “The whole district is involved,” he said, explaining that students have the ability to take advanced classes in middle school. “That enables them to take the advanced placement classes in high school.”

        Wyoming and Indian Hill compel students who take college prep classes to take the advanced placement test.

        “We're very pleased of our program,” said Indian Hill School Superintendent David Quattrone. “It's something we care about. We get concerned if test scores start slipping and we get concerned if enrollment in advance placement classes drops.”

        He said Indian Hill was named sixth in this survey two years ago.

        “It is only one indicator,” Mr. Quattrone said, adding they have advanced classes for basic subjects and others such as studio art and economics. “To judge a school you need to look at multiple measures. Schools are supposed to do a lot more than academics these days.”

        Ryle High School in Union, Ky., tied for the last spot on the list.

        The school ranked top in the survey was Stanton College Prep in Jacksonville, Fla. California had the most schools on the list with 103. Virginia's Fairfax County School District had 21 schools, the most from any one school district. Sixteen states, including Indiana, had no schools on the list.


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