January 9, 2020—Shaker Heights High School is the number one public high school in Ohio according to PolarisList, a website that gathers data from public and private high schools nationwide and ranks them based on how many students from a high school matriculate at top colleges. Currently, the site tracks Harvard, Princeton and MIT based on a combination of their selectivity and their accessibility to lower income students. PolarisList shared its most recent data on December 31, 2019.
“Selectivity is important to us because it means these schools have their pick of the lot when it comes to applicants. If a high school is able to send students to one of these three schools, it means that the school has created an environment to support high achieving students, whether it's in academics or extracurriculars,” the website stated. “Accessibility is just as important to us because we believe a college is only as good as its student body, and a student body is at its strongest when it encompasses a diversity of experiences.”
PolarisList aggregated more than 12,600 records of data for the most recent list. The totals consist of data from the 2015-2018 college graduating years.
In addition, Shaker Heights High School is classified as a “gem” school. Gem schools have a free/reduced student population greater than or equal to 15% and represent schools with higher socioeconomic diversity.
Review the PolarisList ranking of Ohio’s public high schools here.