U.S. News and World Report recently released its list of top schools in the nation and among them was Poland Seminary High School, ranking 98th in Ohio and 1,743rd in the nation.
''It says a lot about all the stakeholders, who are the teachers, the students, and the parents and families who give so much support,'' said Superintendent David Janofa. ''It shows that our community placed education as a high priority.''
According to the U.S. News and World Report web site, the rankings are developed through a three-step process. Step one requires the students to perform better than the state average. Once than is met, the next step takes the least-advantaged students and revues their performance compared to the state average. If the school excels in both one and two, then the final step is to have the school judged nationally using an index to show college readiness. Schools must exceed an 18.17 to be eligible for a silver or gold medal. PSHS rated 21.9 and was one of 1,519 schools across the nation to earn a silver medal.
Janofa said the ranking puts PSHS in the top ten percent of high schools in the nation. He said to get the determination also required data such as AP, ACT, and SAT scores. It also looked at student to teacher ratios.
''Our ratio is 18:1,'' Janofa said. ''We love to have the least amount possible, but there are financial criteria involved.''
One big number on the survey came in the areas of reading and math. PSHS has a 96 percent proficiency in both subjects. Janofa said those two areas are crucial in education.
''Those two areas are cross-curricular in nature,'' he said. ''You have to be able to read well to do well in social studies and math proficiency affects science. Those two areas (reading and math) are core areas.''
Janofa said achieving such a high ranking really takes team work. He said that is the key component and critical to all involved.
''It is a tremendous team effort,'' he said. ''Being ranked in the top ten percent is a remarkable achievement, and something we are very proud of.''