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For the third straight year, Ottawa Hills Local Schools is the No. 1 school district in the Toledo area and Lucas County, according to research company Niche. In addition, Ottawa Hills High School repeated as the No. 1 high school in those same areas. The building received an overall grade of A+.

“On behalf of the district and Board of Education, I am so proud of our formula that creates success stories like this,” said Superintendent Dr. Adam Fineske. “We have parents who make education a top priority at home, top-notch educators, students who are motivated to learn, and a community that centers itself around the school district."

In rankings for both the Toledo Area and Lucas County, Ottawa Hills High School was ranked No. 1 overall, No. 1 for college prep, and No. 1 for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). At the state level, it ranked No. 6 overall, No. 7 for college prep, and No. 10 for STEM.

“Our students and teachers strive every day to be the best they can be,” said Principal Ben McMurray. “These rankings are always celebrated, as they validate our commitment to learning and to each other.”

Niche calculated its 2022 “Best School” rankings using dozens of public data sets and millions of reviews. Factors used in its K-12 rankings include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, and public school district ratings. For high schools, it compared buildings that educated students in grades 9 through 12.

Nationally, Ottawa Hills Local Schools ranked No. 83 out of nearly 10,800 districts.

Ottawa Hills Local Schools: Rankings by category

National

  • Best School District: No. 83 of 10,772

  • Safest District: No. 70 of 11,774

  • Best Places to Teach: No. 172 of 11,252

  • Best Teachers: No. 449 of 11,656


Ohio

  • Best School District: No 5 of 608

  • Safest District: No 10 of 608

  • Best Places to Teach: No 20 of 608
  • 
Best Teachers: No 38 of 608

  • Best District for Athletes: 137 of 609


Toledo Area

  • Best School District: No. 1 of 50

  • Safest District: No. 2 of 50
  • Best Places to Teach: No. 2 of 50

  • Best Teachers: No. 3 of 50

  • Best Districts for Athletes: No. 12 of 50

Lucas County

  • Best School District: No 1 of 8

  • Safest District: No 1 of 8

  • Best Places to Teach: No 2 of 8

  • Best Teachers: No 2 of 8
  • 
Best Districts for Athletes: No 4 of 8


Ottawa Hills High School: Rankings by category

National 

  • Best Public High School: No. 198 of 19,984

  • Best Public High School Teachers: No. 228 of 19,722

  • Best College Prep Public High School: No. 344 of 17,219

  • Best High School for STEM: No. 593 of 8,246


Ohio

  • Best Public High School: No. 6 of 816

  • Best College Prep Public High School: No. 7 of 746

  • Best High School for STEM: No. 10 of 212

  • Best Public High School Teachers: No. 13 of 813

  • Best High School for Athletes: No. 189 of 996
  • Most Diverse Public High School: No. 276 of 895

Toledo Area

  • Best Public High School: No. 1 of 72

  • Best College Prep Public High School: No. 1 of 63

  • Best High School for STEM: No. 1 of 19

  • Best Public High School Teachers: No. 2 of 72

  • Best High School for Athletes: No. 22 of 92

  • Most Diverse Public High School: No. 31 of 81


Lucas County

  • Best Public High School: No. 1 of 24
  • 
Best College Prep Public High School: No. 1 of 19

  • Best High School for STEM: No. 1 of 11

  • Best Public High School Teachers: No. 2 of 24

  • Best High School for Athletes: No. 9 of 34

  • Most Diverse Public High School: No. 22 of 29


Read more about the Niche methodology