June 23, 2024

Bexley High ranked No. 1 public high school in Ohio

Bexley High School has been named the best public high school in the state of Ohio, according to 2023-2024 U.S. News and World Report rankings

Located at 326 S. Cassingham Rd., Bexley High School surpassed 740 other ranked Ohio public high schools, including Olentangy Liberty and Dublin Jerome, holding an overall score of 99.32.

In addition, the school also ranked high nationally. Out of over 17,000 ranked schools, Bexley High School was ranked at #121. 

According to the U.S. News and World Report, each school is ranked according to six different factors: college readiness, college curriculum breadth, state assessment proficiency, state assessment performance, underserved student performance and graduation rate.

An overall score is then given to reflect the school’s overall performance on a national percentile basis. Bexley High School placed in the 99th percentile of all high schools nationwide, ranking as the top public high school in the state for college readiness and college curriculum breadth. 

Academically, Bexley High School vastly outperformed its competition. Its college readiness score was 86.6%, boosted by high graduation rates and AP participation.

In addition, overall student performance on state-required tests and subject proficiency scored well above expectations–nearly 100%–compared to the state average. 

Bexley Superintendent Jason Fine, in an interview with WSYX6, said that the district is proud to have been named the top school. He said,”Academic excellence is a long-standing tradition in our community, and the experience we offer goes far beyond test scores and graduation rates.”

Bexley High School succeeds in not only providing a quality education, but also a larger sense of community that serves to prepare its students for college and beyond.

“I think BHS is #1 rated because they build connections with their students,” said Lindiea Padmore, BHS graduate and former Capital student. “Bexley does a great job with preparing students for college […] and figures out ways to best help students individually.”

Additionally, Padmore acknowledged the effectiveness of the culture she experienced while at Bexley High School. Despite initially feeling isolated, she came to find a sense of community through engagements such as football games “where everyone came together.” 

Ultimately, Padmore concluded that “Bexley is very supportive.”

The future of Bexley High School is looking bright. In the Bexley Schools’ 2023-2026 Strategic Plan, which details several major focus areas for improvement throughout the district, the overall goal is to “foster a community culture where each student can realize success and feel a sense of belonging.”

These goals aim to position the Bexley School District–including Bexley High School–as an intensive academic environment, both welcoming and ensuring the success of each individual student.

In the recent edition of the Bexley High School Family/Student Handbook, Fine states, “Together, we champion opportunities and experiences to support our students in reaching their fullest potential through academic and extracurricular activities.” 

All rankings can be found on the U.S. News & World Report website.

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