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 2018

According to the Ohio Department of Education, these are local school districts that scored a C or better on the 2018 State Report Card.

District City Prepared for Success Grade
Bexley City Bexley A
Granville Exempted Village Granville A
New Albany - Plain Local New Albany
Upper Arlington City Upper Arlington
Olentangy Local
Lewis Center
Dublin City
Grandview Heights Grandview, OH B
Big Walnut Local Sunbury B
Buckeye Valley Local Delaware B
Pickerington Local Pickerington B
Marysville Exempted Village Marysville B
Hilliard City Hilliard C
Westerville City Westerville C
Worthington City Worthington 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 2019 “Best High Schools:”

  • Bexley
  • Olentangy Liberty
  • Granville
  • Dublin Jerome
  • Upper Arlington
  • Orange
  • Grandview Heights
  • Olentangy
  • Columbus Alternative
  • New Albany
  • Dublin Coffman
  • Reynoldsburg Estem
  • Hilliard Davidson
  • Thomas Worthington
  • Pickerington North
  • Dublin Scioto
  • Arts and College Prep
  • Hilliard Bradley
  • Worthington Kilbourne
  • Westerville Central
  • Fairbanks
  • Big Walnut                       
  • Westerville North
  • Hilliard Darby

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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