Tri-State schools earn top ranks in Washington Post academic challenge

CINCINNATI -- A bevy of Tri-State high schools are ranked among the most academically challenging in the country, according to the Washington Post.

The newspaper’s High School Challenge index was organized by Jay Mathews and issued rankings for more than 2,000 schools nationwide.

Locally, the schools making the cut were:


  • 87 -- Walnut Hills (Cincinnati)
  • 106 -- Wyoming High School (OH)
  • 157 -- Indian Hill (Cincinnati)
  • 482 -- Madeira (Cincinnati)
  • 509 -- Mariemont (OH)
  • 1125 -- Turpin (Cincinnati)


  • 138 -- Highlands, Fort Thomas
  • 206 -- Beechwood, Fort Mitchell
  • 1336 -- Covington Latin (P) Covington
  • 1790 -- Dixie Heights, Fort Mitchell

The paper said the score is derived by taking the number of college-level tests given at a school in the previous calendar year, divided by the number of graduates that year.

Mathews wrote that the ranking also took note of students who came from families that qualified for school lunch subsidies and the percentage of graduates who passed at least one college-level test.

The analyst said that with few exceptions, public schools that earned a ratio of at least 1.00 were put on the list.

The schools are ranked with the highest figure (21.91) at the top. The American Indian Public Charter in Oakland, Calif. earned that spot.

The paper said only 9 percent of the approximately 22,000 U.S. public high schools managed to get on the list.

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