In a camaraderie-building match of “Sibling Family Feud” Summit Academy Transition High School -Cincinnati students (l-r) Liam Augspurger, Caleb Olliges, Chance Lanch and Ethan Henderlight and math teacher James Smith (pictured to the right of the students) dressed in colors that correlated to their birth order or only-child status. “We had a blast with this and the whole school was engaged,” says Principal Steve Geresy, seated front right. Summit Academy Transition High School – Cincinnati was ranked the No. 5 Best Charter High School in Ohio by data firm Niche.

Summit Academy Transition High School – Cincinnati was ranked the No. 5 Best Charter High School in Ohio and among the 2024 Best Public High Schools in the Cincinnati Area by data collection leader Niche. Pittsburgh-based Niche based its rankings on academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education, test scores, college data and ratings from Niche users.

Principal Steve Geresy says the rankings are a nod to the school’s SOAR Matters program. “Students live by the four components of safety, openness, accountability and responsibility,” says Geresy, adding that SOAR is a cornerstone of Summit Academy’s PBIS, or Positive

Summit Academy Transition High School – Cincinnati Class of 2021 Valedictorian Kaela Davis (left) says, “Work hard and try hard because you are the one in charge of your future.” Davis, a senpai martial arts instructor, is pictured with her mother and twin brother, Donovan.

Behavioral Interventions and Supports program. PBIS is an evidence-based tiered framework for supporting students’ academic, social, emotional, behavioral and mental health.

Summit Academy Transition High School – Cincinnati specializes in serving students with special education needs such as autism, ADHD and ADD.  The school’s close-knit community and 7.1 student-teacher ratio are key to its success, according to Geresy.

“Our staff, students and families are our most important resource. We create a caring family atmosphere and culture where students can be themselves and get the education they need through differentiated instruction and in a safe school where the staff build relationships with the students and families,” Geresy says.

Throughout the year, the school holds a variety of special events including seasonal festivals, spirit days and awards and honor roll days.

According to Niche Director of Public Relations Nick Liberati, more than 70 million students and families turn to Niche’s school profiles, data-driven rankings and search tools for help making informed decisions in their school searches.

“Our rankings provide families with valuable information — both quantitative and qualitative — that they can use to discover and consider schools like Summit Academy Transition High School – Cincinnati, which ranks among Ohio’s best on,” says Liberati.

For more information about Summit Academy Transition High School – Cincinnati, located at 5800 Salvia Drive, call 513-541-4000 or visit ­ .

For more information on how the ratings were compiled, visit Niche.