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About Franklin County Schools

Franklin County is comprised of 16 local school districts. Each district offers its own unique classes, sports, programs, opportunities, and advantages—and boasts plenty of achievements, recognitions, and certifications. Take a closer look at what each district has to offer its students.

Bexley City Schools

If you’re looking to send your students to the best public schools in the state, then Bexley City Schools might be one of your top picks. Based out of the small, surburban town of Bexley, located just four miles east of Downtown Columbus, Bexley City Schools boasts numerous awards and accolades. It has been recognized as the #13 Best School District in Ohio by, and its own Bexley City High School is rated the #4 Best High School in Ohio (#128 Nationally!!) by US News & World Report.

Columbus City Schools

Columbus City Schools is the largest public school district in Franklin County, and as such, it’s got a wealth of schools, facilities, resources, programs, and activities to offer. Learn more about Columbus City Schools here!

Dublin City Schools

Dublin City Schools serve 47 square miles in the city of Dublin, as well as parts of Columbus, Hilliard, Upper Arlington, Delaware County, and Union County. The district boasts continuously high performance on the SAT and the Ohio Graduation Test. It’s the 11th largest district in the state, with a total of 19 schools broken down into 3 high schools, 4 middle schools, and 12 elementary schools, and an enrollment of over 15,500. 

Additionally, it boasts numerous awards and accolades, like being named the #2 Best School District in Ohio by All of its high schools have been awarded medals and top rankings by US News & World Report, with Dublin Jerome High sitting at #9 in the state, Dublin Coffman at #16, and Dublin Scioto at #33.

Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools

Serving the city of Gahanna and parts of Jefferson and Mifflin townships, Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools serves over 7,000 students in seven elementary schools, three middle schools, and one high school. Additionally, the district has been named the #27 Best School District in Ohio, and its own Lincoln High School boasts a silver medal from US News & World Report, as well as the rank of #104 Best High School in Ohio.

Grandview Heights City School District

As one of the oldest districts in Central Ohio and the smallest in Greater Columbus, Grandview Heights City School District blends a strong foundation of success with the small-town support of a city that’s just 1.3 square miles. It consists of two elementary schools, Larry Larson Middle School, and Grandview Heights High, all of which have been rated an A or above by Additionally, Grandview Heights High is ranked the #31 Best High School in Columbus by US News & World Report.

Groveport Madison

Covering an area of 42 square miles just 13 miles southeast of Downtown Columbus, Groveport Madison Public Schools are proud to offer numerous academic and extracurricular activities and special programing, including Gifted & Talented programs such as AP Classes, College Credit Plus, college flex, and more. The district is comprised of six elementary schools, three middle schools, one high school, and Cruiser Academy.

Hilliard City Schools

Hilliard City Schools covers a suburban, residential area of 60 square miles just 13 miles northwest of Downtown Columbus throughout the city of Hilliard, the townships of Norwich and Brown, and part of Washington, Franklin, and Prairie townships, as well as the city of Columbus. It educates over 16,300 students in three high schools, three middle schools, two sixth-grade middle schools, and 14 elementary schools, making it the 8th largest district in the state.

Additionally, it has received awards just as the #25 Best District in Ohio by, as well as silver medals to all of its high schools by US News & World Report—with Hilliard Davidson taking the #39 rank in the state, Hilliard Darby at #53, and Hilliard Bradley at #77.

New Albany/Plain Local Schools

Serving an area of just 26 square miles 20 miles northeast of Columbus, New Albany-Plain Local Schools are dedicated to educating students in a personalized and individualized setting. It is comprised of two elementary, one middle, and one high school—all of which are located in a centralized Central Learning Campus in the heart of the Village. It educates over 4,800 students with 300 faculty and staff, and boasts numerous academic achievements. It is ranked as the #8 Best School District in Ohio by, and New Albany High School is ranked the #17 Best High School in Ohio by US News & World Report.

South-Western City School District

As the fifth largest school district in the state of Ohio and the second largest in Franklin County, South-Western City School District has the tools and resources to ensure students a high-quality education filled with possibilities for achievement and growth. It serves most of the southwestern quadrant of Franklin County, encompassing an area of 119 square miles, including parts of Columbus.

Over 21,600 students are educated in 15 elementary schools, five intermediate school, five middle schools, four high schools, one Career-Technical High School, and two special schools. The district employs 997 classified staff, over 1,500 certified staff, and 99 administrative staff. Additionally, its own Grove City High has been ranked the #161 Best High School in Ohio by US News & World Report.

Upper Arlington Schools

Serving the community of Upper Arlington, OH, just six miles north of Downtown Columbus, Upper Arlington Schools are comprised of five elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. It offers over 60 AP and International Baccalaureate classes, 32 varsity sports, and 80 student clubs and extracurricular activities. Its student artists and athletes have been recognized on state and national levels, and it even offers an informal learning style at the high school level in its Community School.

It is ranked the #19 Best School District in Ohio by and its own Upper Arlington High claims the #12 Best High School rank in Ohio by US News & World Report.

Westerville City Schools

Westerville City Schools are so impressive, we’ve given them their own page! Learn more about what Westerville’s public schools have to offer.

Whitehall City Schools District

Located just 8 miles east of Downtown Columbus, Whitehall City School District serves over 3,200 students in three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. Students enjoy a wide variety of opportunities and programs, including gifted and talented programs, ESL classes, special needs programs, counseling and guidance services, summer programs, after school enrichment, AP classes, and college classes at Columbus State Community College. Additionally, the district partners with Eastland/Fairfield Career and Technical Centers to provide career training programs in business, technology, agriculture, medical and dental services, and more.

Worthington City Schools

Worthington City Schools serve the community of Worthington, located just 10 miles north of Columbus. It offers students rigorous educational opportunities through programs like STEM, International Baccalaureate, Mentorship, and more. Unique learning opportunities are available through programs like the Walkable Program, Worthington Academy, and Project MORE. Students participate in 32 varsity sports and 40 clubs and extracurricular activities. The district is comprised of seven elementary, two middle, and two high schools. US News & World Report named Thomas Worthington High the #73 Best High School in Ohio and Worthington Kilbourne #125.

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