Niche’s rankings are 50 percent academics, 10 percent each absenteeism/discipline, teacher pay/attendance, racial/economic diversity, and parent/student opinion, with sports, activities and staffing/spending making up the final 10 percent.
Centerville earned grades of A+ in academics, teachers and the absentee/discipline areas. Their only grade that was not an “A” was a “B” for its racial/economic diversity.
Rounding out the top 10 Dayton-area school districts in Niche’s rankings were Oakwood (No. 26 in Ohio), Minster (34), Kettering (46), Bellbrook (49), Beavercreek (63), Springboro (68), Lebanon (69), Newton (74) and Cedar Cliff (75).
One individual Centerville student earned her own honor – Watts Middle School eighth-grader Hannah Matthews won the Heroes of Character Award from the Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
Matthews was one of only five students recognized in that Ohio-Kentucky region, and will be honored March 15. She was nominated by English teacher Jeanette Marshall, who said Matthews has a great impact on her peers.
Matthews participates in girls’ ensemble, choir and lunch buddies. She also serves as a student helper in the Watts Writing Lab and has participated with the Centerville Coed Dance Team for nine years, serving as co-captain multiple times.
“I try to do things like help someone get to class or offer to help with their books because those small things can make a difference,” said Matthews, who thanked teachers, family and friends who have “helped me become a better person.”
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