Many believe Ohio’s education system is stagnant: the state has earned a “C” grade in the annual Quality Counts report card for a number of consecutive years. However, despite the state’s mediocre overall grade, over 100 Ohio school districts logged graduation rates of over 90% in the most recent year, and those at the top are some of the best in the nation. Here’s more information about the five best school districts in Ohio.

Jackson Local School District is the best public school system in Ohio. The district serves an enrollment of 5,800 and has earned a rating of “Excellent” from the Ohio Department of Education for 16 straight years. What’s more, two of its schools have been recognized as Blue Ribbon Schools. 

#2 New Albany-Plain Local Schools is nearly as accomplished: the 5,000 student-strong district is one of just 31 Ohio school districts to earn an “A” grade from the Department of Education and over 60% of its students earned a score of 3 or higher on the AP Exam. 

The 3rd best school district in Ohio is Milford Exempted Village School District, which consists of one preschool, six elementary schools, one junior high, and one high school. Two of the district’s schools have received Nation Blue Ribbon honors, and its high school’s college readiness ranking is regularly the highest in Clermont County. 

Earning the 4th spot in Ohio is Brecksville Broadview Heights City School District, comprising five schools serving the city of Brecksville and parts of surrounding communities. The district has earned many academic accolades and is home to the Bee Gymnastics team which has taken home sixteen straight state championships

Filling out the top five is Forest Hills School District, which has nine schools serving an enrollment of 7,400 students. Forest Hills students are well-rounded and highly active: 80% of middle and high school students are involved in extracurricular activities or athletics. 

Top School Districts in Ohio, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1Jackson LocalMassillon
2New Albany-Plain LocalNew Albany
3Milford Exempted VillageMilford
4Brecksville-Broadview Heights CityBrecksville
5Forest Hills LocalCincinnati
6Medina City SdMedina
7Upper Arlington CityUpper Arlington
8Perrysburg Exempted VillagePerrysburg
9Lebanon CityLebanon
10Avon LocalAvon
11Hudson CityHudson
12Anthony Wayne LocalWhitehouse
13Twinsburg CityTwinsburg
14Gahanna-Jefferson CityGahanna
15Strongsville CityStrongsville
16Loveland CityLoveland
17Sycamore Community CityBlue Ash
18Rocky River CityRocky River
19Plain LocalCanton
20Aurora CityAurora
21Avon Lake CityAvon Lake
22Marysville Exempted VillageMarysville
23Wadsworth CityWadsworth
24Highland LocalMedina
25North Canton CityNorth Canton
26Granville Exempted VillageGranville
27North Royalton CityNorth Royalton
28Little Miami LocalMaineville
29Brunswick CityBrunswick
30Kings LocalKings Mills
31Mayfield CityMayfield Heights
32Chardon LocalChardon
33Revere LocalBath
34Lake LocalUniontown
35Westlake CityWestlake
36Beachwood CityBeachwood
37West Geauga LocalChesterland
38Oakwood CityDayton
39Chagrin Falls Exempted VillageChagrin Falls
40Bay Village CityBay Village
41Olmsted Falls CityOlmsted Falls
42Amherst Exempted VillageAmherst
43Shaker Heights CityShaker Heights
44Nordonia Hills CityNorthfield
45Indian Hill Exempted VillageCincinnati
46Madeira CityCincinnati
47Kenston LocalChagrin Falls
48Green LocalGreen
49Lakewood CityLakewood
50Wyoming CityWyoming
51Wayne LocalWaynesville
52Northmont CityEnglewood
53West Liberty-Salem LocalWest Liberty
54Bellbrook-Sugarcreek LocalBellbrook
55Canfield LocalCanfield
56Ross LocalHamilton
57Miamisburg CityMiamisburg
58Perry LocalMassillon
59North Olmsted CityNorth Olmsted
60Ottawa Hills LocalToledo
61Mariemont CityCincinnati
62Copley-Fairlawn CityCopley
63Teays Valley LocalAshville
64Lancaster CityLancaster
65Delaware CityDelaware
66Stow-Munroe Falls City School DistrictStow
67Troy CityTroy
68Big Walnut LocalSunbury
69Benton Carroll Salem LocalOak Harbor
70Eastwood LocalPemberville
71Cuyahoga Heights LocalCuyahoga Heights
72North Ridgeville CityNorth Ridgeville
73Jonathan Alder LocalPlain City
74Champion LocalWarren
75Louisville CityLouisville
76Wapakoneta CityWapakoneta
77Poland LocalPoland
78Versailles Exempted VillageVersailles
79Bexley CityBexley
80Berea CityBerea
81Steubenville CitySteubenville
82Monroe LocalMonroe
83Kirtland LocalKirtland
84Princeton CityCincinnati
85Grandview Heights SchoolsColumbus
86Brookville LocalBrookville
87Norton CityNorton
88Southwest Licking LocalPataskala
89Miami East LocalCasstown
90Maumee CityMaumee
91Independence LocalIndependence
92Lexington LocalLexington
93Lakeview LocalCortland
94Boardman LocalYoungstown
95Talawanda CityOxford
96Bloom-Carroll LocalCarroll
97Northwest LocalCanal Fulton
98Riverside LocalPainesville
99Chippewa LocalDoylestown
100Wooster CityWooster


The following variables contributed to the ranking: number of students (K-12), graduation rate, school funding per student, student to teacher ratio, percent of students scoring above proficient in standardized state Math test, percent of students scoring above proficient in standardized state Reading and Language test. Data from a total of 10,247 public school districts were used to compute a score for each school district. The following states were omitted due to lack of sufficient data: Hawaii, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Utah, and Virginia. Note that high schools in some states have their own independent districts.

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