CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati Public Schools' Walnut Hills High School earned the No. 1 ranking in Ohio in U.S. News & World Report's annual survey, among four Cincinnati-area schools that grabbed the top four spots.
Wyoming, Indian Hill and Madeira rounded out the top four. The survey ranked only public high schools. A separate private schools ranking is forthcoming.
In Kentucky, Highlands and Beechwood high schools ranked three and five, respectively, in the state. They were the only two Northern Kentucky schools to crack the top 20.
Nationally, the six schools ranked in the top 500:
• Walnut Hills: 77
• Wyoming: 110
• Indian Hill: 113
• Madeira: 140
• Highlands: 338
• Beechwood: 461
In ranking Walnut Hills tops in Ohio, US News cited 100 percent proficiency in math and reading test scores, high college readiness and the 92 percent participation rate in Advanced Placement course work and exams.