Delaware County Schools Make the Grade

Olentangy Liberty High School sculpture

Olentangy Liberty High School is the highest ranked central Ohio high school in a US News  article that came out Wednesday April 24, 2013.  The  US News article rates and ranks schools across the US.

Best High Schools

Olentangy Local School District’s High Schools

Olentangy High School and “Orange High School”  are in the top ten Central Ohio School Districts on the US News report too. Is the third high school in the Olentangy Local School District  just called Orange High School?  That is how the US News report refers to the Delaware County school district.  Google and the school’s website say “Olentangy Orange High School” there is another Orange High School in Ohio too.

Delaware County, Ohio High Schools

There are only six high schools in Delaware County, Ohio. The three high schools in the Olentangy Local School District, Big Walnut High School, Buckeye Valley School District and Rutherford B. Hayes High School in the Delaware City School District.

Buckeye Valley Local High School  is number 100 on the Ohio list.   The report gives the ‘National Rank’ for those schools they ranked.  “Buckeye Valley Local High School is ranked 100th within Ohio.” The report gives the Delaware County, Ohio school a National Rank of 1753.

Big Walnut High School is not in the top 125 high schools in Ohio?   Oh where, Oh where is Big Walnut High School?*

Rutherford B Hayes High School in Delaware…

*You can search for a high school on the report, link above.  There is an alphabetical list too.

Those schools which are not ranked (within the state and nationally) do appear on the report with ratings for:

  • College Readiness Index
  • Math Proficiency
  • Reading Proficiency
  • Student/Teacher Ratio


The ranked schools have ratings as well.

Neighborhoods in Delaware County, Ohio Schools

The TOP 10 Central Ohio High Schools on includes other central Ohio schools that include Delaware County, Ohio neighborhoods, Dublin high schools, Westerville North High School.  While the school districts for a home are set in stone (perhaps that is just a figure of speach…) the attendance areas  within the Ohio school district are rearranged occasionally.  Redistricting based on population changes within a school district are not uncommon.

Top Ten High Schools in Central Ohio

  1. Olentangy Liberty High School (4)
  2. Bexley High School (5)
  3. Olentangy High School (7)
  4. Orange High School (11)
  5. Dublin Coffman High School (12)
  6. Dublin Jerome High School (15)
  7. New Albany High School (18)
  8. Upper Arlington High School (25)
  9. Dublin Scioto High School (26)
  10. Hilliard Darby High School (31)

The ranking is from the US News report.  The number in parenthesis is the rank within the state of Ohio.  Bexley, New Albany, Upper Arlington and Hilliard are Franklin County, Ohio communities.

US News Reports Methodology

The methodology US News used for the  Best High Schools did not change from their 2012 report.  US News worked with an organization called ‘American Institutes for Research’ or AIR to come up with their  ratings/ rankings of  schools across the country,  AIR is a behavioral and social science research organization. Visit the US News article to read exactly the methodology behind the ratings / rankings: “How U.S. News Calculated the 2013 Best High Schools Rankings.” They used a three-step process to determine the “Best High Schools”  ratings / rankings. Serving all students well is part of the way schools across the country are rated.

Columbus Business First has a slide show that shows the top 15 local high schools according to the US News report, Olentangy Liberty to Westerville North (in the top 15 high schools in central Ohio according to the US News report.

The full report in US News has a “Why High Schools Moved Up and Down in the Rankings”  and lots more to read.  You can search for a high school by name, you can click on Ohio and see the rankings / ratings for high schools across the state.



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