OHIO HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMIC COMPARISONS
FOR CINCINNATI, CLEVELAND,
COLUMBUS, TOLEDO SCHOOL DISTRICTS
JANUARY 26, 2015
PREPARED BY SCOTT GERBER
GERBER ANALYTICS, LLC

 

The table below highlights the academic performance of the high schools in the Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Toledo metro school districts based on each school's 10th grader performance on the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT). Included with the table are links that provide even greater insight and detail.

The table below includes: the Gerber Analytics state ranking for all public and private schools in Ohio; the number of 10th grade students who took the test; the overall Performance Index Score; the percentage of students who passed all five portions of the OGT; and the state rankings of each school for each subject test. The state rankings are based on the Performance Index Scores for all schools.

To highlight three of the schools, Cincinnati's Walnut Hills was ranked second overall in the state (out of almost thousand high schools). That is an enormous accomplishment when considering that Walnut Hills has a very large tenth grade class (389 students). Toledo Early College had two state top ten finishes in Math and Social Studies. John Hay Early College was ranked second in Mathematics.

Refer to last year's report for a better understanding of how this report is compiled.

Read on below to see how to view performance graphs for each school and to view all of the districts' schools separately.

STATE RANK / HIGH SCHOOL /
DISTRICT
DISTRICT
# STU.
PIS
PASS 5%
STATEWIDE RANKINGS
READING
MATH
WRITING
SCIENCE
SOCIAL STUDIES
2 - Walnut Hills High School
Cincinnati City SD
Cincinnati
389
115.4
99.2%
5
3
15
8
2
13 - Toledo Early College High School
Toledo City SD
Toledo
36
113.7
97.2%
13
6
42
42
8
15 - John Hay Early College High School
Cleveland Municipal SD
Cleveland
76
113.6
98.7%
17
2
23
65
12
91 - John Hay School of Science & Medicine
Cleveland Municipal SD
Cleveland
88
109.6
97.7%
157
63
138
166
52
133 - School For Creat & Perf Arts High School
Cincinnati City SD
Cincinnati
115
108.3
84.3%
76
172
48
325
137
184 - Columbus Alternative High School
Columbus City SD
Columbus
188
107.3
81.4%
78
269
139
348
146
224 - John Hay School of Architecture & Design
Cleveland Municipal SD
Cleveland
89
106.5
84.3%
231
94
211
293
348
257 - Toledo Technology Academy High School
Toledo City SD
Toledo
50
105.8
74.0%
229
335
269
221
292
269 - Clark Montessori High School
Cincinnati City SD
Cincinnati
94
105.5
83.0%
165
470
289
250
235
312 - Whitney Young School
Cleveland Municipal SD
Cleveland
11
104.8
72.7%
235
43
112
415
723
436 - Cleveland School Of The Arts High School
Cleveland Municipal SD
Cleveland
82
102.6
70.7%
212
672
294
561
264
448 - Centennial High School
Columbus City SD
Columbus
169
102.4
76.9%
432
500
382
582
327
576 - MC^2 STEM High School
Cleveland Municipal SD
Cleveland
105
100.1
31.4%
438
530
572
691
532
712 - Eastmoor Academy
Columbus City SD
Columbus
122
96.0
61.5%
693
744
579
746
654
HIGH SCHOOL /
DISTRICT
DISTRICT
# STU.
PIS
PASS 5%
STATEWIDE RANKINGS
READING
MATH
WRITING
SCIENCE
SOCIAL STUDIES
750 - Fort Hayes Arts and Academic HS
Columbus City SD
Columbus
185
93.8
56.2%
665
797
627
791
720
753 - Waite High School
Toledo City SD
Toledo
157
93.6
60.5%
796
737
755
768
718
758 - Dater High School
Cincinnati City SD
Cincinnati
116
93.5
60.3%
825
772
683
780
650
767 - Whetstone High School
Columbus City SD
Columbus
180
92.9
52.2%
760
773
803
787
698
780 - Briggs High School
Columbus City SD
Columbus
199
91.4
50.8%
783
815
764
809
740
782 - Bowsher High School
Toledo City SD
Toledo
206
91.3
57.8%
782
793
748
764
822
783 - Start High School
Toledo City SD
Toledo
313
91.2
55.9%
784
776
779
784
814
785 - Shroder Paideia High School
Cincinnati City SD
Cincinnati
104
91.1
51.0%
785
806
630
827
789
802 - Northland High School
Columbus City SD
Columbus
188
90.5
42.6%
760
836
754
834
727
804 - West Side Montessori High School
Cincinnati City SD
Cincinnati
40
90.5
55.0%
831
803
715
825
785
815 - Oyler Elementary School
Cincinnati City SD
Cincinnati
41
89.5
41.5%
816
778
843
840
788
824 - Garrett Morgan Schl Of Science School
Cleveland Municipal SD
Cleveland
55
88.9
49.1%
812
798
838
817
838
834 - Design Lab
Cleveland Municipal SD
Cleveland
41
87.6
46.3%
829
769
878
844
847
844 - Withrow University High School
Cincinnati City SD
Cincinnati
209
86.6
37.3%
855
825
821
867
843
851 - Beechcroft High School
Columbus City SD
Columbus
124
85.8
38.7%
867
893
840
857
775
HIGH SCHOOL /
DISTRICT
DISTRICT
# STU.
PIS
PASS 5%
STATEWIDE RANKINGS
READING
MATH
WRITING
SCIENCE
SOCIAL STUDIES
853 - New Technology West
Cleveland Municipal SD
Cleveland
77
85.6
33.8%
850
878
742
861
851
856 - Marion-Franklin High School
Columbus City SD
Columbus
145
85.3
35.2%
851
889
829
860
821
858 - John Marshall High School
Cleveland Municipal SD
Cleveland
232
85.1
40.5%
871
838
870
849
871
859 - Rogers High School
Toledo City SD
Toledo
150
85.0
40.0%
874
854
851
835
879
866 - James Ford Rhodes High School
Cleveland Municipal SD
Cleveland
245
84.0
38.0%
879
850
875
853
886
867 - Walnut Ridge High School
Columbus City SD
Columbus
162
83.8
39.5%
885
863
815
903
858
870 - Woodward Career Technical High School
Cincinnati City SD
Cincinnati
98
83.6
28.6%
873
851
876
901
864
871 - Hughes STEM High School
Cincinnati City SD
Cincinnati
126
83.5
30.2%
910
856
907
887
828
873 - Riverview East Academy
Cincinnati City SD
Cincinnati
33
83.2
39.4%
890
870
835
877
881
874 - Columbus Africentric Early College
Columbus City SD
Columbus
78
83.2
35.9%
847
887
836
862
896
876 - Ginn Academy
Cleveland Municipal SD
Cleveland
54
83.0
29.6%
786
837
806
931
912
878 - Independence High School
Columbus City SD
Columbus
117
82.8
32.5%
861
912
800
898
862
880 - Western Hills University High School
Cincinnati City SD
Cincinnati
167
82.7
32.3%
892
867
873
916
856
881 - West High School
Columbus City SD
Columbus
160
82.7
31.9%
922
858
913
868
853
886 - Woodward High School
Toledo City SD
Toledo
91
82.0
30.8%
905
874
805
879
914
HIGH SCHOOL /
DISTRICT
DISTRICT
# STU.
PIS
PASS 5%
STATEWIDE RANKINGS
READING
MATH
WRITING
SCIENCE
SOCIAL STUDIES
898 - South High School @ Barrett MS
Columbus City SD
Columbus
125
80.0
32.8%
914
892
901
917
885
902 - Mifflin High School
Columbus City SD
Columbus
122
79.8
30.3%
918
884
921
904
887
907 - Linden-Mckinley High School
Columbus City SD
Columbus
71
79.4
40.8%
919
882
942
900
889
914 - Washington Park
Cleveland Municipal SD
Cleveland
63
77.7
36.5%
934
904
931
911
915
915 - SuccessTech Academy School
Cleveland Municipal SD
Cleveland
37
77.5
21.6%
936
879
864
944
939
918 - Aiken College and Career High School
Cincinnati City SD
Cincinnati
57
77.3
14.0%
893
860
932
956
942
923 - East High School on Arcadia
Columbus City SD
Columbus
85
76.6
30.6%
925
936
941
920
899
933 - Brookhaven High School
Columbus City SD
Columbus
100
75.3
26.0%
955
939
927
927
902
934 - New Technology HS@East Tech
Cleveland Municipal SD
Cleveland
40
75.3
17.5%
912
919
939
942
930
940 - John F Kennedy High School
Cleveland Municipal SD
Cleveland
149
74.3
17.4%
939
930
925
941
948
941 - Max S Hayes High School
Cleveland Municipal SD
Cleveland
129
74.3
27.1%
957
920
954
915
931
943 - Health Careers Center High School
Cleveland Municipal SD
Cleveland
63
73.8
12.7%
884
932
848
970
982
944 - Collinwood High School
Cleveland Municipal SD
Cleveland
121
73.6
26.4%
938
950
929
949
935
948 - Allied Health Academy
Toledo City SD
Toledo
109
73.2
22.0%
958
944
948
933
921
951 - Robert A. Taft Information Technology H
Cincinnati City SD
Cincinnati
102
72.5
25.5%
951
929
940
954
965
HIGH SCHOOL /
DISTRICT
DISTRICT
# STU.
PIS
PASS 5%
STATEWIDE RANKINGS
READING
MATH
WRITING
SCIENCE
SOCIAL STUDIES
952 - John Adams High School
Cleveland Municipal SD
Cleveland
135
72.4
14.8%
933
956
933
947
964
955 - Virtual High School
Cincinnati City SD
Cincinnati
30
71.9
30.0%
960
926
962
945
953
959 - COLUMBUS GLOBAL ACADEMY
Columbus City SD
Columbus
111
70.9
12.6%
983
911
980
979
883
960 - Alum Crest High School
Columbus City SD
Columbus
14
70.7
0.0%
916
992
965
907
945
961 - Glenville High School
Cleveland Municipal SD
Cleveland
115
70.5
17.4%
967
938
950
975
943
968 - Law & Municipal Careers @ MLK
Cleveland Municipal SD
Cleveland
27
68.6
11.1%
961
968
952
976
971
972 - East Technical High School
Cleveland Municipal SD
Cleveland
80
67.4
21.3%
979
955
969
968
975
976 - Jane Addams Business Careers High School
Cleveland Municipal SD
Cleveland
71
66.6
16.9%
956
981
974
974
977
978 - Lincoln-West High School
Cleveland Municipal SD
Cleveland
219
66.0
16.4%
981
967
971
983
973
990 - Genesis Academy
Cleveland Municipal SD
Cleveland
35
61.2
5.7%
987
991
973
991
988

Trend Charts for Performance Index Scores, % Who Passed all Five Tests, and Number of 10th Grade Students Who Took The Test

While the table above provides a good, static comparison among metro schools, it does not provide readers with a "over time" perspective. Click on this link to see five year trend charts for each school's Performance Index Score and % Who Passed All Five Tests.

Click on this link to return to the table view.

The main questions generated from the graphs include:

How does Walnut Hills keep adding more students and keep getting better?

John Hay Early College is an excellent school. Can it be expanded to include more students?

What is happening to Columbus' Whetstone and Northland enrollment numbers over the last few years? Why are kids leaving?

Cincinnati's Withrow University enrollment numbers have grown as its academic performance declines. Why are students attending this school in greater numbers?

Columbus' East High School and South High School were completely renovated and reopened in 2008 and 2010, respectively. Why hasn't this led to better performance and higher enrollment?

What happened with Cincinnati's Robert Taft Information Technology high school? Did they pick up approximately 40 low performing students from another school?

School District-Only View

It is worthwhile to view each school district by itself. Click to view:

Click to view all school districts.

Comparative Analysis

While the performance numbers and trend charts are beneficial, what sets this web site apart from others is the comparative analysis that this site permits with other schools and within schools.

As expected, students who are enrolled in John Hay School of Architecture & Design do especially well in Math.

Given Toledo Technology Academy's name, Science would likely be their forte and it is. It is surprising that Math is their weakest subject.

One of the goals for this web site is to encourage communities to become better informed and to ask questions. These tools encourage it.

Comparing the Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Toledo School Districts

Cincinnati leads the way - again. Cincinnati's Walnut Hills is the crown jewel of the metro school systems. It provides those who really care about academics with an excellent choice for a traditional high school environment that includes athletics and all of the other extra-curricular activities. Of course, it is more than simply a choice. Students (and their parents) have to choose to earn the right to attend the school. This means making the very difficult choices to work hard and to make sacrifices throughout the pre-K, elementary, and middle school years.

Also note how many students Walnut Hills benefits. While it is great that Cleveland and Toledo offer small, boutique schools for high achievers, the three Cleveland John Hay schools and the two Toledo schools at the top of this table benefit less students (totaling 339) than one Walnut Hills (with 389 students in 10th grade).

Here are several statements to consider. Great schools can only be great if the students (and their parent(s)) really care about learning. There has to be a critical mass of students who care to make this happen. A critical mass does not contain everyone -- it must contain the group who cares. The group of people who do care can be identified based on their previous hard work and great results. Walnut Hills does this. It is not possible to "focus" on an entire school district to make it great. If it happens at all, it would take decades and many generations of families to do this. No one has that much time. Likewise, districts need vocational school alternatives for those families who are unwilling to make sacrifices for education.

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Calculation of Performance Index Score (Adjusted)

Note that the Performance Index Score (Adjusted) is different from what you may have seen on the Ohio Department of Education’s Report Card. The calculation in this document is only for the 10th grade students. It was calculated as follows:

Ada High School


Subject
Below Basic Basic Proficient Accelerated Advanced

 

Mathematics 9.4% 9.4% 24.5% 20.8% 35.8%  
Reading 3.8% 5.7% 43.4% 35.8% 11.3%  
Science 3.8% 18.9% 26.4% 22.6% 28.3%  
Social Studies 15.1% 9.4% 24.5% 22.6% 28.3%  
Writing 5.7% 5.7% 39.6% 47.2% 1.9%  
             
Total of Above 37.7% 49.1% 158.5% 149.1% 105.7%  
Average of 5 7.5% 9.8% 31.7% 29.8% 21.1%  
Factor

0.3 0.6 1 1.1 1.2  
            Summation
Average * Factor 2.3 5.9 31.7 32.8 25.4 98

The new "Advanced Plus" designation was used randomly for some schools. To insure an "apples-to-apples" comparison, the percentage of students scoring "Advanced Plus" was added to the Advance category.