Top 100 Best High Schools 2013 – Walnut Hills High School – Newsweek – 53/100
Walnut Hills High School
School Classification: O
AVG SAT: 1788
AVG ACT: 26
AVG AP SCORE:3.6
NEWSWEEK SCORE: 3.7
3250 Victory Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH 45207, United States
Walnut Hills High School is a public college-preparatory high school in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. Operated by the Cincinnati Public Schools, it houses grades seven through twelve and maintains a culturally diverse student body. The school has been given an excellent rating by the Ohio Department of Education. Newsweek named it the 53rd best public high school in America in 2013, and U.S. News & World Report ranked it 36th in the nation in 2008.
The school colors are blue and gold. The motto is “Sursum ad summum,” which is Latin for “Rise to the Highest.” The mascot is the eagle, and the sports teams are known as “The Eagles.”
Walnut Hills has long admitted only students who pass a standardized test. All students must pass a standardized test in math and reading to be accepted to the school.
An Honors program is available for academically exceptional 8th and 9th graders. The top 90 students of the 7th grade class are selected to be placed in the 8 Honors program for the following year. The history, science, and English subject areas are team-taught by three teachers in a block composed of the first three bells of the day. The program focuses on inter-disciplinary learning, in large 90 student groups as well as smaller classes of 30 students. See the listings for English 8 Honors, Science 8 Honors, and American History Honors in the Curriculum Guide.
In keeping with the classical format, emphasis is placed on ancient Greek and Roman history and culture, and all students who enter in grades 7 or 8 must complete three years of Latin. The classical emphasis is complemented by a broad range of academic options in the higher grades, with more Advanced Placement courses being offered than in any other school in the country, according to the Curriculum Guide. The school has consistently been ranked highly in school rankings, including being named the 60th best high school in the nation by Newsweek, and 36th in U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 rankings. Each year Walnut initiates many National Merit Scholars and generally scores well on the 28 AP tests offered including Music Theory, Art and Design, Psychology, Chemistry and US History.