Print    Close This Window
CMS Earns Dual Recognition and Celebrates Performance Index
Congratulations to Chardon Midde School on earning U.S. News and World Reports Best MIDDLE Schools 2022 Award and U.S. News and World Reports Best ELEMENTARY Schools 2022 Award

Nov. 11, 2021 — Chardon Middle School received a congratulatory letter from U.S. News and World Reports on Oct. 26, announcing CMS as a recipient of both a U.S. News Best Middle Schools 2022 award and a U.S. News Best Elementary Schools 2022 award, ranking the school among the top 30-percent of elementary and middle schools in the state of Ohio.
Of the 80,000 public elementary and middle schools in the country that were analyzed by U.S. News for 2022 rankings, less than 1,000 earned both awards, positioning CMS among the approximate 1.5-percent of public elementary and middle schools nationwide to earn this dual recognition.

The 2022 middle schools and elementary schools awards represent the first time ever that U.S. News has ranked schools at these grade levels. Additional details regarding the 2022 recognitions can be found at

During a faculty meeting on Nov. 3, principal Tim Velotta proudly shared the news of the school’s U.S. News 2022 recognitions with staff, thankng them for their diligent work with students as every extra mile helps make students' strides and successes in the classroom possible. 

Mr. Velotta also noted during the meeting that the school’s Performance Index for the 2020-21 school year was 101.5. 

“Our PI of 101.5 places CMS in the top three-percent of all schools in the state of Ohio,” said Mr. Velotta.

The Performance Index, which is reported by the Ohio Department of Education in the district report card each fall, measures the previous school year’s achievement of every student, not just whether or not they reach “proficient.” Districts and schools receive points for every student’s level of achievement. The higher each student’s level, the more points the school earns toward its index, thereby rewarding schools for working to improve the performance of all students.

At the Chardon Schools Oct. 18 board meeting, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Klein provided a detailed presentation of the district’s local report card. This presentation can be accessed at

[Note:  U.S. News and World Reports Best Middle Schools badge is being used under license from U.S. News.]


District Media Contact:

Kelly Misch
Communications Director
Chardon Local Schools