OHS improves on state/ national U. S. News rankings



Oneonta High School is ranked 22nd among the more than 400 high schools in Alabama, according to a U. S. News annual ranking of high schools released earlier this month. The annual report ranks high schools within their state, as well as nationally. Oneonta High School’s national ranking was 1,930, out of a total of about 20,500 high schools included in the survey. The school earned a silver medal, awarded to only 10 percent of the schools included in the national ranking.

The 2018 results represent a significant improvement over last year’s U.S. News ranking. In 2017, Oneonta High School was ranked 29th in Alabama and 2,425th nationally.

Rankings are based on academic performance, graduation rates, and college readiness of students. Here’s a more detailed look at ranking components.

• performance of all students on state-required math and reading tests

• performance of “disadvantaged” students on statewide tests – specifically results above the state average for Hispanic and low-income groups

• graduation rates

• student participation in advanced placement (college prep) courses and their scores on advanced placement tests Comparisons

The top school in Alabama, according to the U. S. News rankings, is Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) in Montgomery. LAMP ranked 59th on the list of top schools nationwide. The usual schools near the top of most state lists of high school performance – Mountain Brook, Homewood, and Vestavia Hills – all ranked in the top 10 for Alabama. Other high-scoring schools in the area included Hartselle High School at #15 in Alabama; Arab High School at #17, Cullman High School at #18, and Guntersville High School at #20. Pleased, but not satisfied

“We’re very pleased with these results,” said Oneonta City Schools Superintendent Daniel Smith. “They definitely show us moving in the right direction, but we want to continue improving, moving forward, and growing.”

He added that the high school’s achievement reflects the solid foundation being laid in the elementary and middle schools to prepare students to perform as well as they do in high school.

Oneonta High School principal Lauren Wilson noted that there has been “a huge increase in our emphasis on advanced placement programs in the last three years.” The emphasis involves intense study sessions with teachers and students, along with mock exams, she said.