33 northeast Ohio high schools were given an A+ by U.S. News and World Report.

The publication has listed their top 100 high schools for each state.  Of the 33 local schools that made the list, 18 of them rank above 50.

Here’s those 18:

15 - John Hay School of Science

City: Cleveland

Rank in the state: 47

U.S. medal level: Silver


14 - Twinsburg High School

City: Twinsburg

State rank: 46

U.S. News medal: Silver 


13 - Highland High School

City: Highland (Medina County) 

State ranking: 45

U.S. News medal: Silver


12 - Revere High School

City: Richfield 

State ranking: 44

U.S. News medal: Silver 


11 - Rocky River High School

City: Rocky River

State ranking: 43

U.S. News medal: Silver


10 - Bay High School

City: Bay Village

State ranking: 38

U.S. News medal: Silver 

9 - Independence High School

City: Independence

State ranking: 34

U.S. News medal: Silver 


8 - Orange High School

City: Pepper Pike

State ranking: 32

U.S. News medal: Silver


7 - Westlake High School

City: Westlake

State ranking: 30 

U.S. News medal: Silver

6 - Brecksville-Broadview Heights

City: Broadview Heights

State ranking: 28

U.S. News medal: Silver


5 - Chagrin Falls High School

City: Chagrin Falls

State ranking: 22

U.S. News medal: Silver  


4 - Solon High School

City: Solon

State ranking: 15

U.S. News medal: Gold


3 - Avon Lake

City: Avon Lake

State ranking: 13

U.S. medal ranking: Gold


2 - Hudson High School

City: Hudson

State ranking: 7

U.S. News medal ranking: Gold 

1 - Aurora High School

City: Aurora

State ranking: 6

U.S. News medal ranking: Gold

To see if your school district’s high school is on the best of the list, click here.

Ohio also ranks sixth out of the best schools in the nation, based off the number of silver and gold medals each school in that state received.

Per their website, U.S. News rank the schools based off a 4 step-process:

·        STEP 1 | Students perform better than expected in their state.

We looked at reading and math results for students on each state's proficiency tests and then factored in the percentage of economically disadvantaged students, who tend to score lower.

·        STEP 2 | Disadvantaged students perform better than state average.

We compared each school's math and reading proficiency rates for disadvantaged students - black, Hispanic and low-income - with the statewide results for these student groups and then selected schools that were performing better than their state averages.

·        STEP 3 | Student graduation rates meet or exceed a national standard

We excluded schools from consideration if their graduation rates were lower than 75 percent - a threshold that is higher than a federal law that requires states to give extra resources to schools below 67 percent.

·        STEP 4 | Students are prepared for college-level coursework.


     We calculated a College Readiness Index, which is based on the school's AP participation rate and how well        the students did on those tests. Tiebeakers were used to determine ranks of schools that achieved the same        College Readiness Index.