Columbus has great K-12 education options, and there are many quality childcare programs within minutes of Ohio State.

Public school options

There are plenty of options for great K-12 education in Columbus, and as many ways to evaluate a district as there are learning styles. To help you begin a school system search, we’ve collected two different rankings for public schools in the area: the State Report Card and U.S. News & World Report "Best High Schools".

State Report Card 2017

According to the Ohio Department of Education, these are local school districts that scored a C or better on the 2017 State Report Card for the “Prepared for Success” component, which looks at “how well prepared Ohio’s students are for all future opportunities.”

Measure include:
  • College entrance exam remediation-free scores 
  • Honors diplomas 
  • An industry-recognized credential or group of credentials worth 12 points 
  • Advanced Placement test scores 
  • International Baccalaureate test scores 
  • College Credit Plus credits

District City Prepared for Success Grade
Bexley City Bexley A
Upper Arlington City Upper Arlington A
Granville Exempted Village Granville A
Olentangy Local Lewis Center B
Dublin City Dublin B
New Albany - Plain Local New Albany B
Grandview Heights Grandview, OH B
Big Walnut Local Sunbury C
Buckeye Valley Local Delaware C
Hilliard City Hilliard C
Pickerington Local Pickerington C
Westerville City Westerville C
Worthington City Worthington C
Marysville Exempted Village Marysville C

U.S. News & World Report "Best High Schools"

In rank order, these are the 24 individual area high schools in the top 10 percent of all schools nationwide, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2018 “Best High Schools:”
  • Bexley 
  • Dublin Jerome
  • Orange
  • Olentangy Liberty
  • Dublin Coffman
  • Olentangy
  • New Albany 
  • Upper Arlington
  • Granville
  • Grandview Heights
  • Columbus Alternative
  • Dublin Scioto
  • Hilliard Darby
  • Fairbanks
  • Hilliard Davidson
  • Arts and College Prep
  • Westerville Central
  • Rutherford B. Hayes
  • Westerville South
  • Thomas Worthington 
  • Hilliard Bradley
  • Gahanna Lincoln
  • Westerville North
  • Buckeye Valley

Private school options

Families in Columbus also have a deep resource of private schools to consider for their children’s Pre-K through high school education. A selection of well-known schools is listed below, with each welcoming parent visits throughout the year.

School Description Approx. Student Population Website
Wellington Independent Co-ed PreK-12 650
Columbus Academy Independent Co-ed PreK-12 1,075
Columbus School for Girls Independent Girls only PreK-12 550
St. Charles Preparatory Catholic Boys only 9-12 650
Bishop Hartley High School Catholic Co-ed 9-12 673
Bishop Watterson High School Catholic Co-ed 9-12 1,025
Tree of Life Christian Schools Co-ed PreK – 12 515
Worthington Christian Schools Co-ed PreK-12 337
Bishop Ready High School Catholic Co-ed 9-12 450

Child Care Options


The Ohio State University Child Care Program

The university supports families with The Ohio State University Child Care Program, which is fully licensed and a department of the Office of Human Resources. Our program is one of fewer than 10 percent of early childhood programs nationwide accredited by the prestigious National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). 

For more information, contact:

Please be aware that the popularity of this program often results in long wait lists.

Programs Around Columbus

Of course, there are also many other quality childcare programs within minutes of Ohio State. To begin your search, you may want to visit to review thousands of choices for in-home care, preschool, after-school transportation, vacation care and even foreign language child care.

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