The Ohio School Report Cards are scheduled to be released to the public. While the report card the state provides to each district is important, it does not necessarily reflect an accurate picture of the district or the progress that it has made. Over the last several years, the North Ridgeville City School District has made a number of changes which have positively impacted both the education of the students in the district as well as the number of offerings available to students. Some of these changes are evident on the state issued report card, like increasing the four year graduation rate from a "D" five years ago to the "A" that is represented today. The changes to curriculum and course offerings have made the students of the North Ridgeville City Schools extremely competitive whether they are applying to elite colleges or pursuing the workforce after graduation. In the last few years the district has:
- Improved its gap closing score on the state issued report card from an "F" a year ago to a "B" meaning that all of our subgroups, minority students, students with a disability, economically disadvantaged, etc. are growing at an accelerated rate.
- Increased the Third Grade Literacy score from a "D" to a "B" and "C" over the last two years (a letter grade of a "C" is considered expected growth).
- Per state guidelines, have only been required to retain two students out of nearly 1,900 due to third grade literacy requirements.
- Scored consistently above the national average for reading and math growth based upon national STAR assessments.
- More than doubled enrollment at Ranger High-Tech Academy, the only public STEM school in Lorain County, in just one year.
- Added STEM electives in grades 5-8.
- Quadrupled the number of students receiving AP credit while increasing the average AP score over the past four years. North Ridgeville High School was officially acknowledged by College Board for the distinction.
- Increased the number of students at the high school and the middle school taking College Credit Plus courses, allowing students to gain college credit while in high school or middle school.
- Increased the number of gifted students served throughout the district.
- Increased the number of middle school students receiving high school credit in math by 50 percent while grade accelerating nearly 300 math students throughout the district (fourth grade students taking fifth grade math, sixth grade students taking seventh grade math, etc.).
- Added physical science for high school credit in the middle school.
- Began a partnership with NASA where students at NRHS are making products for use by NASA and the International Space Station. This particular STEM program is one of only 20 in the country.
- Moved to a 1:1 technology district for students in grades 3-12.
We understand that an overall report card grade of a "C" (CLICK HERE to view report card) is not where we want it to be, but we encourage stakeholders to understand that student learning cannot be summarized by one letter grade. This report card and the data it includes must be digested and acted upon as part of a long-term improvement strategy. We are committed to continuous improvement and make no excuses for our performance against standards.
North Ridgeville City Schools is committed to providing educational excellence and engaging in the hard work of continuous improvement. Our district vision is “Empowering students to design their preferred future” and the district’s mission describes, “North Ridgeville City Schools, an innovative and collaborative district, focuses on the development of the whole child to ensure success.”
This mission and vision is supported by a detailed set of goals that were adopted by the Board of Education in collaboration with our community partners. This latest report card and previous ones have directly influenced the professional development we give to our staff, the academic supports we provide our students, the innovative educational options we offer to families, and the state-of-the-art facilities we have built. None of this could be possible without the generous support of this community. North Ridgeville is an exciting place to live, work and learn and we are committed to making our district top tier in the state.