SHS ranked 83rd in Ohio on the list, which compared high schools' scores in math and reading proficiency, as well as in college readiness.
"I'd say that's really great," Assistant Superintendent John Krupinski said. "We are extremely proud of our high school. We have a tradition of excellence there."
Nationally, SHS ranked 1,597 out of nearly 22,000 schools surveyed.
Krupinski said the high score reflects a districtwide success story.
"It starts in the preschool and culminates at the high school," he said.
Area schools that placed above Strongsville on the Ohio list include Chagrin Falls at No. 6, Solon (11), Avon Lake (21), Westlake (26), Twinsburg (33), Rocky River (38), Brecksville-Broadview Heights (40), Beachwood (50), Avon (66), Medina (68), Olmsted Falls (76) and Independence (78). North Royalton High School was ranked 104.
The magazine said it surveyed nearly 22,000 high schools in 49 states and Washington D.C. and rated them on how well the students were prepared for college, as well as on their state test scores.
At Strongsville High School, 91 percent of students tested proficient in math and 94 percent in reading, putting the school above the state average.
The school also ranked above the average in terms of the number of students who took and passed Advanced Placement tests for college.
"We have a comprehensive high school that meets the needs of both ends," Krupinski said.
Here's how the magazine explained its methods: It looked at proficiency scores in reading and math, then factored in the percentange of economically disadvantaged students, who tend to score lower.
Then it determined whether the school's least-advantaged students (black, Hispanic and low-income) were performing better than similar students.
Then it measured the AP participation rate and how well the students did on the tests to figure college preparedness.