Upper Arlington Schools Notes: District receives top ratings on state report card

In September, the Ohio Department of Education released the 2021-2022 annual school report cards.

The report cards look different this year than in previous years. Schools and districts now receive star ratings on a scale of one to five for five components: achievement, progress, gap closing, graduation and early literacy.

Paul Imhoff is superintendent of Upper Arlington Schools.
Paul Imhoff is superintendent of Upper Arlington Schools.

Upper Arlington Schools was one of only 12 districts of the more than 600 in the state — and one of three in central Ohio — to receive a five-star rating on all five components.

Upper Arlington Schools will be sharing information about the report card at the Oct. 11 board of education meeting. This is one of the data points we review as a district to monitor the success of our academic program and our students.

For a snapshot of how Upper Arlington Schools compares with similar districts and the overall state performance, please visit uaschools.org/statereportcards.aspx.

Issue 5 information

After delaying an operating levy request for the past two years, the board of education is returning to the ballot Nov. 8. Issue 5 is a 6.9-mill continuing operating levy that would fund daily operations and maintain current academic programming so that the district can continue providing the current quality of education for Upper Arlington’s students while also responding to current and projected enrollment growth districtwide.

Our role as a district is to share factual information about the district’s finances and Issue 5 with our community. For answers to frequently asked questions, go to uaschools.org/Issue5.aspx.

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Uniquely accomplished

This fall, we are thrilled to recognize the accomplishments of our students who have been recognized on the state and national levels for achievements in academics and the arts.

Thirteen Upper Arlington High School students have qualified as semifinalists in the 68th National Merit Scholarship Program, placing them the top 1% of high school seniors nationwide for high scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Upper Arlington’s semifinalists are John Burky, Riddhi Gupta, Annie Hu, Liam Martin, Ruchika Raj, Rahul Rajaram, Nathan Ross, Ethan Samora, Alana Sayat, Benjamin Son, Sanay Tufekci, James Underwood and Caroline Wu.

Three juniors — Ali Abubakr, Jachin Ocacio and Sienna Martinez — have received national academic honors through the College Board National Recognition program. This program honors academic excellence, using multiple measures, for students of underrepresented populations.

Thirteen Upper Arlington High School students have been selected among the best of the best in the state of Ohio in the performing arts and will perform with the Ohio All-State Ensembles for 2023. Congratulations to the following students:

  • All-State Choir: seniors Sydney Barrett, Patrick Bertke, Adam Clingan, KK Murphy, Alana Sayat and Miriam Silver with senior Avery Pine selected as an alternate

  • All-State Orchestra: senior Lucy Cheng, junior Wendy Jiang and senior David Mockabee with junior Wil Robertson and senior Taylor Speas selected as alternates

  • All-State Band: senior Tyler Harrison selected as an alternate

And, finally, one of our class of 2022 graduates, Mihai Crisan, competed in the International Science and Engineering Fair, bringing home fourth place for his project on developing a generic nanophotonic processor for classical and quantum computing applications. He also received a $10,000 STEM scholarship and was named an American Junior Academy of Science 2022 Melvin Scholar.

All these students are all amazing examples of our vision of uniquely accomplished students prepared to serve, lead and succeed. We are incredibly proud of them for their accomplishments!

Paul Imhoff is superintendent of Upper Arlington Schools. Follow him on Twitter @imhoffpaul. His office provides this column to ThisWeek.

This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Upper Arlington Schools Notes: District gets top ratings on report card