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Top Academic Ohio School

A recently released report of results from the Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT) places Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin in the top 6 percent of all 1,006 high schools in Ohio, an achievement that earns NDCL a spot on the Gerber Analytics “Top Academic Ohio Schools” list for the seventh consecutive year.

The Gerber Report also shows that NDCL is the top-ranked school of the 19 public and Catholic high schools in Lake and Geauga counties.

The report includes performance data for current juniors, who took the OGT as sophomores last March. Results from the OGT, the only state-mandated series of exams for high school students, are among the performance indicators the Ohio Department of Education includes in its annual report cards for public schools.

“But the state does not issue report cards for Catholic and other nonpublic schools,” explained Principal Joseph A. Waler. “That’s where the Gerber Report comes in, by enabling our students, parents, teachers, and administrators to gauge NDCL’s performance against all kinds of schools–public, Catholic, private, virtual, and charter–throughout the state.”

He noted, “For example, the state issues a Performance Index score for each school as composite measure of student achievement on the OGT. The Gerber Report reveals that NDCL and Saint Ignatius share the same Performance Index: 111.2.”

Mr. Waler also highlighted the following statistics from the Gerber Report: 95.8 percent of NDCL sophomores passed all five OGT exams on the first try, placing NDCL 31st out of 1,006 schools; NDCL ranked 30th in reading, up from 40th last year; 38th in writing, down from 21st last year; 40th in science, up from 52nd last year; 103rd in social studies, up from 122nd last year; and 138th in mathematics, up from 152nd last year.

“I am particularly proud that our rankings went up in four of the five subject areas as compared to last year’s very fine results,” Mr. Waler added. “Our scores in science are the highest they’ve been in the past five years. In social studies, they’re the highest in the past four years.”

He continued, “When you bore down into the data, you see that more NDCL students scored at the advanced levels in science and social studies than at any time in the past five years.”

To view a detailed analysis of NDCL’s results, visit the Gerber Analytics website. The Gerber site also enables one to review the OGT performance of any high school in the state of Ohio as well as to compare any two schools side-by-side.

NDCL’s impressive OGT results follow the students’ strong performance on the ACT. As noted in a previous issue of On-Lion, NDCL’s Class of 2013 posted the school’s highest ACT scores in all subject areas since at least 2001, the earliest year for which records are kept.

Winter Admissions Events

Eighth-graders who intend to seek admission to NDCL next year should be sure to register now on for the winter scholarship/placement test on Dec. 7, from 8-11 a.m.

NDCL will also host its next personal tour evening on Dec. 10, from 6-8 p.m.

The evening offers a more personal opportunity to learn about the NDCL experience in conversation with Admissions Director Michael Suso, parent ambassadors, students, teachers and administrators.

Families should register online at

For more information about any aspect of the admissions process, email Mr. Suso at or call him at 440-279-1088.

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