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PSHS ranked among the top Ohio schools

May 8, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

According to a recent press release regarding the U.S. News and World Report's Best High Schools Ranking, Poland Seminary High School is ranked 51st in the state of Ohio. The report also gives Poland Seminary High School an overall score of 91.03.

"We are honored to be ranked, but as always we strive to improve our ranking on this list," said Kevin Snyder, Principal, Poland Seminary High School. "This honor is a credit to our staff, students and Board of Education for their continued support of a well-rounded educational environment that provides a high-quality education with various opportunities."

Among factors considered for the ranking, a lot has to do with reading and math proficiency and performance, under-served student performance, and to a lesser degree, the graduation rate. The majority, or 30 percent, comes from college readiness, using participation and performance on the AP (Advanced Placement) and IB (International Baccalaureate) tests, the latter being much tougher.

Poland Seminary High School currently offers 14 college credit courses totaling 56 credits taught by its own staff for the College Credit Plus Program. This is on top of the six AP courses offered for Poland Seminary students.

"We are extremely proud of our staff and students since a portion of this is scored by our students AP scores," Snyder said. "All students who take an AP course at PSHS also take the AP Exam. I believe this ranking shows that our students are taking advantage of all of they have available, and our staff is doing an excellent job educating students."

Poland Superintendent David Janofa said Poland has a long tradition of excellence in education. He said the high school's graduation rate differs each year, but has normally ranged from 94 to 97 percent. Going to college after graduation comes in at around 80 to 85 percent. Janofa said it comes down to everyone involved.

"What got us to where we are is an outstanding student body that works very hard and is committed to their education," he said. "Our tremendous staff that serves our students every day. The parents support the schools and the educational experiences of their children. [It comes down to the] culture of excellence that has been established in our community."

That success can be felt in the amount of scholarships Poland students pull down each year. Annually, that number is around 3 million in scholarship dollars earned. While it does not have any bearings on the recent ranking, it does show the desire for a good education that Poland graduates strive for.



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