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      Toledo-area high schools awarded for being among nation's best

      <p> <font size="2">Several area high schools, including Perrysburg, have been awarded medals by U.S. News and World Report</font> </p>

      Great things are happening in classrooms across the country, and several area high schools are being recognized for their efforts to stand out.

      Perrysburg, Sylvania Southview, Sylvania Northview, and Ottawa Hills high schools are amongst the top 100 high schools in Ohio and have received awards from U.S. News & World Report in their newly-released rankings of the best prep schools in the country.

      More than 31,000 public high schools across the country were analyzed based upon student demographics and results on state exams, and Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests.

      Schools were evaluated in three phases with help from Washington, D.C.-based American Institutes for Research. Among the factors assessed were overall student performance on state tests, how effectively schools educated black, Hispanic, and economically disadvantaged students, performance on AP and IB exams, and how well students are prepared for college-level course work.

      The assessment ranked Perrysburg #63 in Ohio and #1340 in the nation. The ranking was enough to give the school a Silver Medal Award, putting it among 1,518 other schools in the nation with the award.

      "This award is a testament to the great educators and students in Perrysburg Schools, from Kindergarten to 12th grade," stated Michael P. Short, Ed.D., Principal, Perrysburg High School. "At graduation, we see the culmination of thirteen years of rigorous and compassionate education. We are very proud of the team we have here as well as our students' performance."

      Ottawa Hills High School came in #18 in Ohio and #424 in the nation, earning a Gold Medal Award in the U.S. News rankings.

      Coming in #75 in the state of Ohio and #1524 in the nation was Sylvania Southview High School. The ranking is enough to earn the school a Silver Medal Award. Rival school Sylvania Northview also earned a Silver Medal Award, coming in #100 in Ohio and #1774 nationally.

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      For a complete list of the best high schools in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan according to U.S News & World Report rankings, click here: Ohio schools --- Michigan schools