The quality of a community’s schools is the crucial factor ultimately shaping its reputation. And Pepper Pike’s schools are considered among the best in the nation. The Orange School District is widely recognized as one of the leading public systems anywhere. Its flagship, Orange High School, has been ranked among the six best in Ohio and among the 150 best in America, according to a 2006 Newsweek Magazine survey. It annually produces as many as a dozen or more National Merit Finalists, ranks near the top in Advanced Placement test scores, and sends more than 90% of its graduates on to a four-year college.