Oberlin High School Continues to Excel

as One of NASSP’s Breakthrough Schools
Named a Breakthrough School in 2014, OHS has been redesignated for 2017


Dr. David Hall, Superintendent
email: dhall@oberlinschools.net, p 440-776-4550

Oberlin, Ohio – Oberlin High School joins 26 middle level and high schools redesignated as one of the National Association of Secondary School Principals’ (NASSP) 2017 Breakthrough Schools. NASSP recently evaluated each of these schools, originally recognized between 2011 and 2014, and determined that they have sustained their student achievement rates since their initial recognition.

Established in 2007, NASSP’s Breakthrough Schools program recognizes middle level and high schools that serve large numbers of students in poverty and are high achieving or demonstrate dramatically improving student achievement. Schools are selected based on documented success in implementing strategies aligned with the three core areas of Breaking Ranks II, including collaborative leadership; personalization; and curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

For more information on the Breakthrough Schools program, please visit: www.nassp.org/BTS.

Oberlin High School is proud to be honored for the improvements our school continues to make. The most notable in the past three years include:

  • Growth of participation of students taking the ACT, while increasing the composite score each year.  

  • Growth of the total number of students taking International Baccalaureate (IB) and College Credit Plus classes.

  • Open access of IB classes for all 11th and 12th graders, with the numbers of IB exams taken by students each spring growing each of the last three years.

  • A robust and supportive college access program through the Ninde Scholars Program.

  • A unique partnership with Oberlin College allowing OHS students to take classes free of charge. Students who live in the district and are accepted to Oberlin College after high school graduation attend tuition free.

  • Distributive teacher leadership with classroom teachers taking on active leadership and curriculum responsibilities.

About Oberlin High School

Oberlin was founded in 1833 and since its inception has been a diverse and integrated community. Oberlin High School mirrors the socio-economic and ethnic diversity of the Oberlin Community at large, with approximately 24% of our students being African Americans, 14% multi-racial, 5% Hispanic and 2% Asian.  Additionally, approximately 48% of students receive free or reduced-price lunch through the state-funded lunch program.

Oberlin High School strives to provide an environment in which each student can explore and develop his or her fullest potential for the benefit of the student, the school, the community and the world.  A comprehensive four-year high school for grades 9-12.  The approximate enrollment of Oberlin High School is between 300-325 students, with typically 30 juniors and seniors attending the Lorain County Joint Vocational School. Traditionally, 85 percent of graduates go on to post-secondary studies with 65% enrolling in a four-year institution.

In 2009, OHS became an authorized International Baccalaureate World School, offering both the renowned International Baccalaureate Diploma Program for 11th and 12th graders and Middle years Program for 9th and 10th graders


The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organizASSP logoation of and voice for school principals, assistant principals, and school leaders from across the United States. The association connects and engages school leaders through advocacy, research, education, and student programs. NASSP advocates on behalf of all school leaders to ensure the success of each student and strengthen school leadership practices through the design and delivery of high-quality professional learning experiences. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor SocietyNational Junior Honor SocietyNational Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils.