Bexley High School is among 42 public high schools in Ohio to receive a gold or silver rating in the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings.

Bexley High School is among 42 public high schools in Ohio to receive a gold or silver rating in the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings.

This puts Bexley in the top 5 percent of high schools in the state.

Principal John Kellogg said it's an honor to be recognized by the magazine.

"It's just another place where we seem to garner some attention," he said. "Our student body and staff work so hard. It is really gratifying that their hard work is recognized nationally."

According to the magazine's Web site, U.S. News and World Report analyzed 21,069 public high schools in the U.S. on the basis of their state data from the 2006-2007 school year.

The study looked at whether the high schools were serving all students and preparing them for college-level work.

Kellogg said he values the methodology, because the performance of all students -- rather than just the top-performing students -- is rated.

"What I like about the data set that they use is that they attempt to measure not only how your top-end kids are doing, but how you deal with all of your kids," he said. "They focus especially on economically-disadvantaged students and minority students."

Kellogg said he is already looking at how Bexley High School can move into the top tier in the rankings -- the top 100 gold schools.

Four Ohio schools received gold ratings: Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati (No. 36), Wyoming High School (50), Ottawa Hills High School in Toledo (95) and Chagrin Falls High School (98).

Other central Ohio schools to receive silver ratings are: Dublin Coffman, Dublin Jerome, Granville, Olentangy Liberty, Thomas Worthington, Upper Arlington and Worthington Kilbourne. Eastmoor Academy received a bronze rating.

"Because of the kind of person I am, I am already trying to figure out how to move to the next level," Kellogg said. "I am trying to look at their data and see what they are doing differently."

School board member Andy Sutter said he appreciates the rating, but doesn't believe the administration should put much stock in it.

"I think it's valuable in the sense that people look at rankings," he said. "I'm not sure that by itself it gives us much information about how we are doing and whether we are meeting the standards we are setting for ourselves."

However, he said it is better to be ranked high than low on a national scale.

"I am gratified that this methodology demonstrated that we are an outstanding school district," he said. "I guess what I am trying to say is that in many respects, we already have a high school that is in the top 100. But that doesn't mean we can't always do better."

Kellogg said he values the information, because it lets him know how the high school looks when compared to other schools across the country.

"It's good to know that we are hanging in there nationally," he said.

gmartineau@thisweeknews.com