CIRCLEVILLE — According to rankings by U.S. News and World Report, Pickaway County high schools are better than average when compared with other school districts.
Among the local school districts, Circleville High School ranked the highest at 5,053 nationally and 191 in Ohio; Logan Elm High School ranked 5,442 nationally and 209 in the state; Westfall High School ranked 9,237 nationally and 354 in Ohio and Teays Valley High School ranked 10,451 nationally and 404th best in Ohio. There are 916 public high schools in Ohio and 17,245 in the United States.
The scores put Circleville in the top 20 percent in Ohio and in the 71st percentile nationally. Logan Elm is in the top 23 percent in Ohio and is in the 68th percentile nationally.
The schools were ranked on a weighted scale of college readiness, college curriculum breadth, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance and graduation rates.
Circleville scored in the top 2,000 nationally for math and reading performance rank, which gave a boost to its ranking.
Jonathan Davis, superintendent of Circleville City Schools, called the rankings another validation of the effort put forth by students and teachers.
“It is a credit to the hard work of the staff and the students, as this work begins in preschool at Circleville Elementary and continues on through that moment where I’m blessed to hand them their diploma, sending them off to college, a career, or the military,” he said.
Davis said having different ways of viewing a school’s progress other than the state report cards, which have received criticism for not painting a whole picture of a school district’s efforts, is a good thing.
“The US News release says a great high school educates all students from different social and economic backgrounds, exposing them to challenging coursework on the path to graduation, and we truly believe our students are the best of the best,” Davis said. “In an era where legislators and pundits alike, judge districts based on a one day state assessment it is nice to see schools evaluated with a more thorough formula and scoring methodology.”
Evan Debo, communications director for the district, touted the programs and atmosphere of the high school.
“Our CHS Principal [Chris] Thornsley and his staff really pride themselves in crafting opportunity for students that correspond to where their interests and passion lie. From drone teams and 36 college credit plus courses to an award winning art and robotics, program Circleville City Schools really has a college campus feel to our culture here in terms of opportunities for students.”
Julie DeLisio, communications director for Teays Valley said the district doesn’t use it as a defining measure for their success since it’s “one small snapshot of our district.”