Top High Schools in the Columbus, OH Metro (page 2)

Top High Schools in the Columbus, OH Metro

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Updated on Aug 23, 2011

Grandview Heights High School

Grandview Heights City School District


If you stroll through the halls of Grandview Heights High School, you may notice that the majority of the lockers on campus do not have locks on them. Students trust each other and feel safe on campus. The school has a tradition of providing educational excellence since the 1930’s and and students attend class in the historic school building. With the small school, around 330 students, kids often form close relationships with each other and their teachers.


The school provides academically challenging courses and is currently increasing the number of AP courses available. Students wanting an extra challenge can simultaneously enroll in classes like calculus and physics to receive college credit.


Students can find plenty of activities to participate in after the final bell rings, especially for a school of its size. Music is very popular on campus -- the Grandview Singers have a top reputation and over 1/3 of the student body plays in the band.


“The first thing people mention is the friendliness and manners of our students,” said Ed O'Reilly, Superintendent of Grandview Heights City Schools. “About 80 percent of our seniors have been together since 1st grade, yet they are eager to accept newcomers into the building.”



Granville High School

Granville Exempted Village School District


With a typical class size of less than 200, Granville High provides a comfortable family feel. Many students have gone to school together for 13 years, and the administration credits its success to community and parental support.


Academics are top priority on campus and there is a large array of AP courses to choose from. The school enjoys partnerships with local universities that allow students to earn college credit in high school. Students can also take advantage of the Credit Flex program, which enables them to to earn credits through nontraditional venues, such as taking courses at a local art studio.


Parental involvement is not hard to come by at Granville High! Many parents help run the numerous club sports offered through the Granville Recreation District. Lacrosse is exceptionally popular on campus with over 500 of the 2500 students playing on either a club Lacrosse team or the varsity team. The school has recently added a Girl’s Varsity Lacrosse Team. Artistic students can participate in the school's top-notch fine arts programs, and the choir consistently does well in state competitions.


“This is a community that really believes it takes a village to raise children and work together to raise successful kids. The parents and community are really focused on education,” said Beth Milligan, Communications Director for Granville Exempted Village School District.




Olentangy Liberty High School

Olentangy Local School District



Visitors to Olentangy Liberty High School often comment on how clean the campus is and how courteous the students are. The school provides a college prep foundation, where over 91% of the students head to a post-secondary school. The staff is highly qualified with over 81% percent holding advanced degrees. The highly qualified staff (over 81% hold advanced degrees!) help make Olentangy such a high-performing school.


Students can choose from numerous AP courses offered at the school. To prepare sophomores for the rigors AP curriculum, the school offers Interdisciplinary Studies. This course is team-taught by English and Social Studies teachers and has shown to increase success in AP courses.


Many Olentangy students are members of clubs and sports teams. The school has a number of teams, including swimming, football, soccer, volleyball, tennis and baseball, that are competitive in their conference. The marching band is competitive on the state level and other music programs, including orchestra and choir, are also offered. A wide variety of unique extracurricular clubs are also available, including the Harry Potter Club, Cricket Club and several service organizations.


Our building philosophy is that we strive daily to demonstrate academic, artistic, and athletic excellence; and quality conduct in a positive environment. Our students live up to this commitment daily,” said Principal Randy Wright.




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