Top High Schools in the Columbus, OH Metro (page 3)

Top High Schools in the Columbus, OH Metro

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Updated on Aug 23, 2011

Upper Arlington High School

Upper Arlington City School District


(What happens when you give Upper Arlington High School students a little room? They fly! At Upper Arlington, students have more freedom and flexibility than at your average high school -- but with it, they display responsibility and academic excellence.)


Upper Arlington High School gives students a lot of freedom and in turn they demonstrate responsibility in their decisions. Students get to select music to play over the loudspeaker on Fridays, relax on couches on the hallway during free periods and seniors enjoy an open campus privileges. Instead of prohibiting cell phones like many high school, the administration encourages them on campus and in turn expects students to follow proper etiquette. To make sure that the students have a voice in the school, the school survey’s students each year and makes improvements to the school based on their input.


As part of the graduation project, students must produce a project of interest related to a potential future career, such as designing a golf course or producing a video for a local business. To encourage balance, when students feel overwhelmed they can ask for a reprieve pass to get an extra day to complete their work.


But it’s not all academics at Upper Arlington. The school has won more state championships than any school in the state of Ohio. The orchestra is also nationally recognized, and many students win individual awards in the fine arts arena.


“I believe high school is more than just teaching the content and we work hard to teach kids to be self-directed,” said Kip Greenhill, principal.



Please note that only schools in the following Ohio counties were considered for this article: Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Morrow, Pickaway, and Union

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