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, 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.
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 schools, lottery 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.