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LISBON — The Beaver Local High School has earned first place in Columbiana County in the Best High Schools category through the U.S. News and World Report.

The Report ranks more than 17,000 public schools across the nation based on state testing performance, graduation and college readiness, as well as other factors.

“Having access to a strong high school program is paramount for students as they face an ever-changing world,” Liana Loewus, managing editor of education at U.S. News said in a press release.

“Making data on our high schools available helps parents ensure their child is in the educational environment that best sets them up to thrive,” Loewus said.

The highest ranked public schools in the 2023-2024 Best High Schools national rankings are those whose students achieved exceptional scores on state assessments for math, reading and science. These schools also had strong underserved student performance, college readiness and curriculum breadth, as well as graduation rates, according to the press release.

According to the rankings, Beaver Local earned the top spot with a greater than 95 percent graduation rate and a 17.9 score for college readiness.

The high school is also ranked No. 157 in the state and No. 4,221 in the nation, which District Superintendent Eric Lowe noted is the top 20 percent in Ohio and top 23 percent in the country.

Lowe wished to thank everyone for their hard work that made it possible for the national recognition.

Other schools in Columbiana County were ranked as follows:

2nd place, Crestview High School, greater than 95 percent graduation rate

3rd, Salem High School, 84 percent graduation rate

4th, Columbiana High School, greater than 95 percent graduation rate

5th, Wellsville Jr/Sr High school, 85 percent graduation rate

6th, East Palestine High School, 85 percent graduation rate

7th, United High School, greater than 95 percent graduation rate.

8th, Buckeye On-Line School for Success, 59 percent graduation rate

9th, Lisbon David Anderson Jr/Sr High School, 94 percent graduation rate

10th, East Liverpool High School, 87 percent graduation rate

11th, Leetonia High School, 94 percent graduation rate

12th, Southern Local Jr/Sr High School, greater than 95 percent graduation rate

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