The honors just keep coming for the Junior/Senior High School. The school was one of only 300 in the nation to make The Washington Post’s 2022 Challenge Index, placing it in the top 2 percent of all high schools in the United States.
The Index compares all U.S. private and public schools using a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or Cambridge tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year.
In the 2021, 150 OH students took 298 exams; students scored 3 or higher on 87 percent of those exams. The high school offers 16 AP courses (some of which are offered in alternating years).
“Our ranking is a by-product of amazing educators like Jennifer Nagy,” said Principal Ben McMurray. Mrs. Nagy is the building’s college guidance counselor, and in that role, organizes AP exams among other duties.
“She encourages students to stay focused on academics while leading balanced lives,” Mr. McMurray added. “And her approach to finding the ‘right fit’ for post-high school sets up OH students for success during the next stage of their lives.”
The Index is the oldest high school ranking system in the nation, beginning in 1998 in both Newsweek and The Washington Post. It is compiled by Jay Matthews, the Post’s education reporter. It is the only high school-quality listing that does not rely on test scores and that compares both private and public schools.
According to the Index, participation in college-level AP, IB, and Cambridge tests is a unique measure of the depth of learning in a high school. Exams are written and graded by independent experts. And success on the exams has been linked with success in college, according to the Index.