This past week Kenston High School was ranked tenth in Northeast Ohio for its stellar performance. We were also ranked twenty-eighth in the state and seven hundred and twenty seventh nationally. With our ability to take Advanced Placement courses and exams, our school stands out compared to schools around the country. Our students who participate in AP classes includes 58% of the student body. Our school was nationally ranked by our performance on state test scores, graduation, and how ready our seniors are for college. I recently sat down with our Principle Mr. Gabram to talk about this great achievement.
Question: What are a few things that make Kenston High School standout?
Mr. Gabram: “I think the 4 by 4 block schedule helps create a pathway for our students. It helps demonstrate college life a little more than other schools. The block schedule supports college readiness for our students. Our schedule also helps teachers cover more amounts of material in one day, having 80 minutes every day gives them an opportunity to maybe teach two lessons in one day.”
Question: What are your feelings about being ranked tenth in Northeast Ohio?
Mr. Gabram: “I’m still not satisfied, obviously I am happy with our ranking but it does not show the full potential of our school. My focus is on the kids and their personal experience they take away from high school. Climate and Culture is the way to better test scores, meaning if the kids are satisfied then they’ll perform better giving us a better ranking.”
Question: Why do you think Kenston High School is so successful?
Mr. Gabram: “I think the reason Kenston High School is so successful is a mixture of our good staff, who have a passion for education and who want to help kids learn. Another reason I think our school is successful is because of our amazing student body who values their education and strives for success. Finally, our school wouldn’t be our school without the parents who help, and our community who support us in everything we do.”
By: Jordan Koenig