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School Sectors

Explore Ohio's School Sectors

From public school to homeschool, there are many ways that education can be delivered to students across the state. Each school sector has different ways of administering, funding, and overseeing education in Ohio. Click on the school sectors below to learn more about the options that are available to your children.

Private Schools

Private schools, which are are the oldest form of education in Ohio, 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 and federal 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. There are more than 1,000 private schools in Ohio.

Private schools can have either chartered or non-chartered status (which has nothing to do with charter or community public schools). Chartered private schools hold a valid charter issued by the State Board of Education and maintain compliance with the Operating Standards for Ohio's Schools. This state charter makes the private school eligible to receive state funds and services. Non-chartered private schools choose not be chartered to avoid government entanglement and do not receive any state funds.

Private schools do not receive a state report card, but parents can ask private school leaders to see their school's test results. Click on the links below to learn more about Ohio's private school options.

Learn more about Ohio's Chartered Private Schools

Learn more about Ohio's Non-Chartered Private Schools


Public Schools

A public school education is available to all students. There are 3,615 public schools in Ohio.

Within public schooling, there is an array of options. Parents can choose their student’s assigned neighborhood school, which many families choose via real estate. There are also many public school choice options available: magnet schoolslottery schools, charter schools, or online charter schools. As they reach high school, students can enroll in a career-technical education program or use one of the four college jumpstart programs that allow them to earn college credit, an associate degree, or career certificate.

All public schools are issued a state report card, which is based on the school’s performance on several indicators. These state ratings let parents know how well their student’s school is performing on student academic achievement standards.

Click the links below to learn more about Ohio's public school options. 

Learn more about Ohio's Neighborhood Schools

Learn more about Ohio's Charter Schools

Learn more about Ohio's Online Charter Schools

Learn more about Ohio's Career Technical Education

Learn more about Ohio's Magnet and Lottery Schools


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's colleges and 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.