Top High Schools in the Columbus, OH Metro
Below are profiles featuring the top six high schools in the Columbus Metropolitan Area. In order to be featured as a Top High School, the school must have a 2010 Education.com TestRating of 10 out of 10. The TestRating compares a school's standardized test scores for a given year with scores from other schools in the same state. Find your school and see how it compares.
Bexley City School District
Bexley High School is the center of the community, and people often move to Bexley solely for the high quality schools. Many of the students are the third or fourth generation in their family to walk the school halls, and the tight-knit community means that the staff knows most of the students' families well. Bexley benefits from having such strong community ties - the nonprofit Bexley Education Foundation raises money for major school projects, including recently investing $100,000 to equip each classroom with a smart board.
The school is college preparatory, and 98% of the students go on to college, but it also focuses on developing the whole child. The staff works together in many ways, and describes themselves as learners as much teachers. The Special Education program on campus gets high praise from parents and the school tries to ensure that each student is given the support they need.
Students have many opportunities to pursue their interest outside of the classroom through excellent programs in drama, journalism, chess and voice ensemble. The school also offers a large number of sports teams.
“I moved to this area before I had a job at the school because I wanted my own kids to go to Bexley High School. The community and school is a very special place,” said Harley Williams, principal.
Dublin City School District
Dublin Jerome High School provides an academically rigorous education for students in a caring environment. The school, which just opened in 2004, and enjoys top notch facilities and employs a highly-qualified staff (almost 70% hold master's degrees!). The AP program is extensive and has administers over 745 tests in a recent school year. Students can also participate in the Inter Baccalaureate (IB) program to earn an IB diploma or take IB level courses. Around 85% of all seniors have taken at least 1 AP or IB program on campus.
Dublin Jerome students don't just excel in the classroom; they win big on the field, too. Many teams take home awards, and most recently, the school's lacrosse team won the State Championship. Additionally, the golf team has a reputation for excellence throughout Ohio.
If sports aren't your thing, Dublin Jerome offers a wide array of clubs and activities. The music programs, particularly the marching band and orchestra, are known throughout the region. Several choral groups sang at Carnegie Hall in recent school years. A host of interest clubs are available, including Computer Science Club, Table Tennis, and the Ski Club. Academic teams are also available including Debate Quiz Team, Robotics Club, and Science Olympiad.
“The school is especially proud of the IB program at the school and the high focus on academic achievement,” said Doug Baker, Communications Director of Dublin City School District.