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How to Enroll in your Top Choice Schools

After exploring and evaluating your options, you found your top choices. Now, how do you actually enroll your child in that school or find out how each school's application process works?

Each school sector works a little differently. This information will give you the scoop for each sector's enrollment process. Some of your top-choice schools may have an application deadline or enrollment process. Click on the school sector below that you are interested in, and learn how you can get your child into that sector. We talk about some things that vary by school, and in those cases you will have to call the school or visit their website to learn more about their individual process.

Private Schools

Private schools are run by private, nonprofit entities and overseen by a board of directors. Sometimes called nonpublic schools, they are not fully funded by the government (but can receive some state funding) and usually charge tuition to students to attend. Private schools can have selective admission and can offer students an education based on certain beliefs, values, religions, or practices they favor.

Public Schools

Within public schools, there is an array of options. Parents can choose their student’s assigned neighborhood school or opt to send their student to a magnet school, charter school or online charter school. As they reach high school, students also have the opportunity to choose to enroll in a career-technical education program or use one of the 4 college jumpstart programs, which allow them to earn college credit, an associate degree or career certificate.


Families sometimes want to take their children’s education into their own hands by educating their children themselves. Today, homeschooling can be completed with a parent or tutor or on the computer if a student utilizes an online charter school. Families can choose to join a co-op group to complement either option, which allows them to connect socially with other homeschooling families and share teaching responsibilities and materials.


Ohio universities are educating high school students more than ever before. Through dual credit programs created by the state, like Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) programs, high school students have the opportunity to take college courses while still in high school and earn both high school and college credit for each course. These programs offer students the opportunity to save both time and money by earning free college credits before they even graduate from high school.