All six of Delaware County’s high schools are ranked in the top 100 high schools in Ohio in U.S. News and World Report’s “Best High Schools” 2016 rankings.

Olentangy High School was ranked fifth in Ohio and 228 in national rankings; Olentangy Liberty High School was ranked seventh in Ohio and 253 nationally; Olentangy Orange High School was ranked 10th in Ohio and 329 nationally; Big Walnut High School was ranked 49th in Ohio and 1,213 nationally; Buckeye Valley High School was ranked 86th in Ohio and 1,795 nationally; and Rutherford B. Hayes High School was ranked 91st in Ohio and 1,867 nationally.

The national rankings placed Delaware County Schools in the top 10 percentile of more than 21,000 high schools in the United States and the top 10 percentile of 890 Ohio high schools. The rankings are based on factors including state proficiency tests, graduation rates, advanced placement classes, AP test scores and college readiness.

Delaware City Schools Superintendent Paul Craft said the district is pleased with the ranking and strives to improve.

“We have worked hard to ensure that our kids are as ready as they can be to take on whatever challenges they choose to after they leave our doors,” Craft said. “Moving into the top 10 percent of schools on this ranking, based primarily on Advanced Placement course participation and AP test scores, shows that all of our kids, even those taking the most challenging of courses, can compete with the best in the nation.”

Likewise, Buckeye Valley Superintendent Andrew Miller said the district is “really happy” to be in the top 10 percent but said it’s just the beginning.

“Overall, we’re really pleased to be in the top 10 percent,” Miller said. “It just shows that we keep pushing the rigor at our high school and making our students better. I think we are just scratching the surface and there are things we can do better.”

Miller said the district would be pushing more students to take the ACT and to score higher. Miller added that, in the last five years, the average ACT scores of Buckeye Valley students has gone up a full point.

Students go back to school today at Delaware City Schools, Olentangy Local Schools and Big Walnut Local Schools. Buckeye Valley students return to class on Thursday.

County high schools in top 10 percent

By Glenn Battishill

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