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 2019

According to the Ohio Department of Education, these are the local school districts that scored a C or better on the 2019 State Report Card.

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

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

In rank order, these are the top 24 Columbus area high schools, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2019 “Best High Schools":

  • Bexley
  • Dublin Jerome
  • Olentangy 
  • Orange
  • Olentangy Liberty
  • Granville
  • New Albany
  • Upper Arlington
  • Columbus Alternative
  • Dublin Coffman
  • Grandview Heights
  • Big Walnut
  • Pickerington North
  • Reynoldsburg Estem
  • Hilliard Davidson
  • Dublin Scioto
  • Buckeye Valley
  • Thomas Worthington
  • Jonathan Alder
  • Arts and College Preparatory
  • Lincoln High School
  • Westerville Central
  • Fairbanks
  • Bloom-Carroll

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 Website
Columbus Academy
Columbus School for Girls
St. Charles Preparatory
Bishop Hartley High School
Bishop Watterson High School
Tree of Life Christian Schools
Worthington Christian Schools
Bishop Ready High School

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% 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 child care 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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