Nine of the area‚??s public school districts earned an ‚??excellent‚?Ě rating on the Ohio Department of Education‚??s report card.

With the economy in dire straits, the financial demands placed on school systems in Central Ohio are the same as they are everywhere else.

When Gov. Ted Strickland was running for office in 2006, one of his campaign promises was to solve the school-funding crisis in Ohio. In January 2009, he unveiled an education plan that called for a longer school year, full-day kindergarten and a strategy for ridding schools of bad teachers. But the plan didn't address equity in school funding, nor did it provide a lot of details on how to pay for a revamped education system.

While state government hashes out the details, local school districts continue to go about their daily business of providing the best possible education they can for their students, given their resources. Some are succeeding more than others. The problem is obvious with just a scan of local schools: One district is putting a 15-mill levy on its May ballot; another has reduced its bus service, and still others are facing increasing participation fees for extracurricular programs.

In some areas, the problems are compounded by burgeoning school populations. Some districts, such as Hilliard, Olentangy and Pickerington, continue to face growth in their student populations. Even districts with more contained populations must confront the need to update their facilities.

Compounding the financial distress of many public school systems is the emergence of charter schools and an expanded voucher system in Ohio. Both are options for parents who are dissatisfied with their children's public schools. In the 1998-'99 school year, just 2,245 students in Ohio attended one of the 15 charter schools operating with $11 million in state funding. In the 2008-'09 academic year, 332 charter schools in Ohio take in $603 million in state funding and teach 82,166 students. Ohio's voucher system gives students in certain struggling schools money-via vouchers-to attend private schools. This school year, there are about 14,000 students in Ohio who were eligible to attend a private school through the voucher program.

Nineteen Central Ohio public school districts are profiled here. Each district provided the statistical information, as current as possible, with the exception of three items: "Expenditure per pupil," provided by the Ohio Department of Education, is from fiscal year 2008 figures; "median income" refers to the median Ohio adjusted gross income, taken from 2006 figures courtesy of the Ohio Department of Taxation, and "standards met on report card" refers to data on the 2007-'08 Ohio Department of Education state report card, which sets minimum requirements in 30 areas. Most of the areas focus on achievement test passage rates in the third through eighth grades as well as the 10th- and 11th-grade graduation tests, graduation rates and attendance rates.

The report card rates districts as excellent (meeting 29 or all 30 standards or scoring a 100 or above on the Performance Index), effective (meeting 23 to 28 standards or scoring a 90 to 99.9 percent on the PI), continuous improvement (meeting 15 to 22 standards, scoring an 80 to 89.9 percent or missing Adequate Yearly Progress), academic watch (meeting 10 to 14 standards, scoring 70 to 79.9 percent or missing Adequate Yearly Progress) or academic emergency (meeting nine or fewer standards, scoring less than 70 percent and missing Adequate Yearly Progress).

Pupil-to-teacher ratios have been rounded to the nearest whole numbers. Statistical information on every school district in the state is available at the Ohio Department of Education's website,

Columbus City Schools

270 E. State St., 365-5000

With 128 schools in Columbus City Schools, the district offers a wide range of choices for area families. Parents can send their child to their neighborhood school or request another school in the district.

The variety includes traditional schools, alternative or magnet schools, schools for physically and emotionally handicapped students, Welcome Centers for English as a Second Language (ESL) students, French and Spanish immersion schools and an Africentric elementary and secondary school. The district also has two year-round schools, a virtual high school and partnerships with DeVry University and Columbus State Community College, among others, that earn students credit toward college graduation.

The district continues to demonstrate its commitment to improved academic performance, earning the designation of "continuous improvement" for the past two years on the State of Ohio report card. In addition, Columbus City Schools' graduation rate has increased by more than 16 percent over the past six years, and seven of the district's 17 high schools recently were identified by U.S. News & World Report as among America's Best High Schools.

Superintendent: Gene T. Harris, Ph.D.

Schools: 75 elementary, 23 middle, 17 high, two K-8, one K-6, one K-12, four career centers, five special-needs schools

Enrollment: 53,581

Median income: $26,210

Pupil/teacher ratio: 23:1

Expenditure per pupil: $13,969

Average teacher salary: $59,713

Standards met on report card: 6 of 30

Bexley City Schools

348 S. Cassingham Rd., 231-7611

Bexley, a suburban community of about 13,000 residents, is located just east of downtown Columbus. The Ohio Department of Education has recognized the district as one of only a handful of Ohio school districts earning an "excellent" rating for eight consecutive years. Both Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report recognize Bexley High School as one of the top public high schools in the country. Ninety-six percent of 2008 Bexley graduates went on to college or other postsecondary education programs.

The Bexley school system values academic excellence and strives to meet world-class standards. Foreign language instruction begins in first grade. All content areas prepare students to participate in the 19 Advanced Placement (AP) courses at the high school level. Bexley Middle School is authorized as Ohio's only International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program, while Cassingham became Ohio's first IB Primary Years Program in 2007.

Low student-faculty ratios offer the academic support and opportunities that produce a highly personalized educational experience. A high level of community involvement characterizes the Bexley school system, which receives considerable support from the Bexley Education Foundation, a nonprofit that funds school programs for which tax dollars are not available. In 2008, Bexley installed SmartBoard technology in every classroom in the school district.

Financial ratings institutions praise Bexley's sound financial operations, solid voter history and conservative fiscal management.

Superintendent: Michael L. Johnson

Schools: Three elementary, one middle, one high

Enrollment: 2,076

Median income: $53,512

Pupil/teacher ratio: 16:1

Expenditure per pupil: $13,820

Average teacher salary: $70,260

Standards met on report card: 30 of 30

Big Walnut Local Schools

70 Walnut St., Galena, (740) 965-2706

Big Walnut Local is a small suburban/rural district located about 25 minutes northeast of downtown Columbus in the southeastern corner of Delaware County. It provides instruction for children who live in the villages of Sunbury and Galena and parts of Porter, Kingston, Trenton, Harlem, Genoa and Berkshire townships. Delaware County is the fastest growing county in Ohio and has experienced explosive growth over the last 10 years. The school district has not yet seen significant growth, but it is preparing for the future.

This district has a rich heritage of strong community support and participation in school activities. It recently completed an addition to the high school, library renovations and extensive renovations to school facilities. In addition, the district has purchased land for future building projects and construction of a bus facility. With cost-per-pupil expenditures below the state average, a AAA bond rating and one of the lowest tax rates in Delaware and Franklin counties, the district has a reputation for strong fiscal management.

Big Walnut middle and high school students consistently exceed state averages for the Ohio Graduation and Ohio Achievement Tests-more than 85 percent of students score at the "proficient" level or higher. High levels of participation and performance are hallmarks of the co-curricular program, which includes a tradition of state-level achievement in clubs, leadership, community service, agriculture, sports, theater and music.

Superintendent: April Domine

Schools: Three elementary, one middle, one high

Enrollment: 2,841

Median income: $43,093

Pupil/teacher ratio: 21:1

Expenditure per pupil: $9,615

Average teacher salary: $50,297

Standards met on report card: 29 of 30

Canal Winchester Local Schools

290 Washington St., 837-4533

The Canal Winchester Local school district is located in the village of Canal Winchester, about halfway between Columbus and Lancaster. Commercial and residential development continues to expand, providing a rapidly increasing enrollment for the school district. It's estimated that the student population will continue to increase by about 175 new students each year for at least the next five years.

In November 2004, voters passed a bond issue allowing the district to build a new middle school and add a wing to the grades 3-4 building without additional taxes on residents. The 3-4 building, which now houses grades 3-5, opened in August 2007. The new middle school opened in January 2008.

Technology is a major focus, with student computers in each classroom and technology labs in all school buildings. The district offers a strong arts-education program, with art and vocal and instrumental music available at the elementary level and continuing through high school. A K-12 gifted program including AP classes at the high school keeps students challenged. Four-year programs in French and Spanish also are in place. Due to increasing enrollment, additional programs have been added to the already strong athletic program.

Superintendent: Kimberley Miller-Smith

Schools: Two elementary (K-2 and 3-5),one middle (6-8), one high

Enrollment: 3,267

Median income: $41,049

Pupil/teacher ratio: 17:1

Expenditure per pupil: $9,083

Average teacher salary: $51,297

Standards met on report card: 24 of 30

Dublin City Schools

7030 Coffman Rd., 764-5913

The Dublin City School district, an upscale and progressive district with a culturally diverse student population, has earned the state's highest designation on its report card for five consecutive years.

In November 2008, voters approved Issue 76, a combined $48.8 million bond issue and 7.9-mill operating levy that was estimated to provide the district with enough funds to operate through June 2013. The bond issue will pay for the construction of a 13th elementary building and the reconfiguration of entrances to the district's buildings to prevent unauthorized access. The money also will fund technology improvements and provide for building maintenance and bus purchases.

The Dublin City Schools curriculum offers advanced learners the opportunities to succeed while ensuring the progress of all students. High school students may choose from 27 AP and honors classes in nearly every subject, and the International Baccalaureate program was added in 2008-'09. Last year, more than 90 percent of Dublin graduates went on to college. Many students consistently perform well above national and state averages on college entrance exams and AP exams that can earn students college credit.

Superintendent: David Axner

Schools: 12 elementary, four middle, three high

Enrollment: 13,700

Median income: $46,534

Pupil/teacher ratio: 19:1

Expenditure per pupil: $11,732

Average teacher salary: $65,225

Standards met on report card: 30 of 30

Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools

160 S. Hamilton Rd., 471-7065

The Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools' commitment to excellence provides a solid foundation to prepare students to be lifelong learners in a global economy where abstract problem solving, teamwork and sensitivity to diversity and foreign cultures are imperative.

Students' scores on SAT and ACT tests consistently exceed state and national averages. About 85 percent of Gahanna-Jefferson graduates enroll in two- or four-year colleges. Enrollment remains steady, allowing the district to focus on improvement programs. Lincoln High School has AP and honors courses and a variety of special education opportunities. Numerous school-to-work and college-to-work courses are offered through Eastland/Fairfield Career & Technical Schools in conjunction with neighboring districts. There are outstanding music, art and sports programs as well.

The Gahanna-Jefferson Board of Education purchased 6.8 acres of land across from Lincoln High School, envisioning a mixed-use office and retail space of which 50,000 square feet will be used for high school classes. The proposed learning space will be designed as modern office-style classrooms with an emphasis on internships, dual-credit courses, accelerated and online learning opportunities and "life-like" business applications.

Superintendent: Gregg E. Morris

Schools: Seven elementary, three middle, one high

Enrollment: 7,096

Median income: $42,403

Pupil/teacher ratio: 21:1

Expenditure per pupil: $10,718

Average teacher salary: $65,531

Standards met on report card: 25 of 30

Grandview Heights City Schools

1587 W. Third Ave., 481-3600

One of the older and more established suburban school systems in Central Ohio, Grandview has a collaborative management style that involves staff in the district's decision-making process. The four buildings are well maintained and offer well-equipped classrooms, computer labs and library/media centers.

The district's small size allows for a sense of community, and it enjoys strong support from residents. Options in the arts, family and consumer science and foreign language have added to an already-strong curriculum.

The Grandview district is proud of its ability to provide a "personalized" education, usually seen in private or parochial schools, due to its small size. It boasts outstanding student services in gifted and special education and emphasizes strong communication with parents. An academic assistance support program for middle school through the 12th grade, for example, has been successful.

Grandview Heights schools are known for their academic emphasis. The high school offers AP classes in calculus, English literature, history, studio art and English language and composition.

Superintendent: Edward O'Reilly

Schools: One elementary, one intermediate, one middle, one high

Enrollment: 1,141

Median income: $40,479

Pupil/teacher ratio: 17:1

Expenditure per pupil: $13,120

Average teacher salary: $65,984

Standards met on report card: 30 of 30

Groveport Madison Local Schools

5940 Clyde Moore Dr., 492-2520

Serving the village of Groveport and Obetz as well as Madison Township, the Groveport Madison schools are located in southeastern Franklin County, within 15 minutes of downtown Columbus. The community is a fast-growing segment of greater Columbus, with new residential areas springing up.

The superintendent continues to reach out to residents, municipal leaders and the business community while taking an aggressive approach to academics-recruiting new leaders, adopting new textbooks and incorporating new ideas. The district is continuing its quest to improve student academic performance, especially as measured by state proficiency and achievement tests. As a result, it reached the "green light" for its value-added instruction that indicates students are showing a year's growth in achievement.

The high school has outstanding offerings in visual arts and world languages, including three years of Chinese. Administrators and staff have organized ninth-graders into smaller learning communities. The symphonic and marching bands regularly receive superior ratings at regional and state competitions.

Superintendent: H. Scott McKenzie

Schools: Six elementary, two middle, one junior high, one high

Enrollment: 6,033

Median income: $30,435

Pupil/teacher ratio: 24:1

Expenditure per pupil: $9,501

Average teacher salary: $57,506

Standards met on report card: 14 of 30

Hamilton Local Schools

775 Rathmell Rd., 491-8044

Situated just southeast of Columbus, the Hamilton Local School District is experiencing growth and improvement in all areas. The district has seen a rise of more than 300 percent in "met standards" over the past four years in its state report card. It has achieved a rating of "effective" from the Ohio Department of Education and is showing no sign of slowing down. The district is experiencing a steady increase in enrollment, while eagerly anticipating the August 2009 opening of the new Hamilton Township High School.

Completion of this master building plan will give Hamilton Local one of the newest total campuses in the state, with the oldest classroom building constructed in 2003. The district also is completing renovation of the former Hamilton Middle School to create the new Hamilton Education Center, which will house all of the district administrative offices, preschool, community use area, wrestling facility and fitness center as well as the Hamilton Local Board of Education meeting room.

The district's commitment to student success is evidenced by increases in the state Performance Index, graduation rate and number of indicators met. Hamilton Local's athletic facilities are among the best in Ohio and were made possible by more than

$1.6 million raised by the Hamilton Boosters to cover expenses of facility renovation and improvements.

Superintendent: Christopher Lester

Schools: One elementary, one intermediate, one middle, one high

Enrollment: 3,143

Median income: $28,469

Pupil/teacher ratio: 19:1

Expenditure per pupil: $7,694

Average teacher salary: $45,384

Standards met on report card: 19 of 30

Hilliard City Schools

5323 Cemetery Rd., 771-4273

This district, spanning 60 square miles in northwestern Franklin County, includes a mix of rural, small-town and suburban homes. The area has retained some of its rural flavor despite extraordinary growth over the past 15 years. Hilliard City Schools is now the ninth largest district in Ohio, serving more than 15,000 students.

On the state's 2007-'08 report card, the district earned the highest possible rating of "excellent with distinction." The high schools and middle schools are known for their excellent academic, sports, art and drama departments, and the elementary schools offer a variety of educational programs to meet the needs of a growing and diverse student population. Most recently, Hilliard Davidson High School was named among the best high schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The upcoming school year will see the opening of a third high school for the district, Hilliard Bradley High School.

A little over two years ago, the superintendent kicked off a new initiative coined High School 2020, which appointed a committee to evaluate current programming and determine the knowledge, skills and educational experience students need to compete globally in the 21st century. The district is now implementing recommendations from the initiative and has expanded it to include the primary and middle grades, kindergarten through eighth. These two projects combined will provide the district with a blueprint for the future.

Superintendent: Dale A. McVey

Schools: 14 elementary, two sixth grade, three middle, two high

Enrollment: 15,173

Median income: $46,477

Pupil/teacher ratio: 19:1

Expenditure per pupil: $10,968

Average teacher salary: $60,326

Standards met on report card: 30 of 30

New Albany/Plain Local Schools

55 N. High St., 855-2040

The New Albany-Plain Local school district is located about 20 miles northeast of downtown Columbus. The school district, which serves an area of 26 square miles, features 14 buildings on one centrally located campus on 80 acres in the middle of the suburban village. The schools, designed in a Georgian architectural style, are connected by tree-lined walkways and surrounded by a nature preserve.

New Albany High School was one of six in the nation to receive the 21st Century Award of Distinction in 2006, and last year was nationally recognized as a Lighthouse School. One hundred percent of the district's seniors graduated last year, with 95 percent going on to higher education.

New Albany Schools continue to excel in the area of technology, with the district establishing technology standards at all grade levels and technology proficiency graduation standards for the high school. Classroom portals enable teachers to post assignments and other information for students and parents on the district's The district teaches children about Internet safety, and parents also can attend workshops on the topic.

The $15 million Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts made its debut in early 2008 on the learning campus. The 750-seat arts facility was created through partnerships with the Village of New Albany, Plain Township, New Albany Community Foundation, private businesses and donors. Students will use the center for concerts and theater productions, as well as programming that will enhance the arts curriculum.

Superintendent: Steve Castle

Schools: One K-1, one 2-5 elementary, one middle, one high

Enrollment: 3,765

Median income: $66,720

Pupil/teacher ratio: 24:1

Expenditure per pupil: $10,948

Average teacher salary: $48,453

Standards met on report card: 30 of 30

Olentangy Local School District

814 Shanahan Rd., Lewis Center, (740) 657-4050

Olentangy is a K-12 school district located in southern Delaware County, about 20 miles north of downtown Columbus. Thanks to residential growth, the 110-square-mile district is the fastest-growing school district in Ohio, which has necessitated additional facilities.

Prior to 1990-'91, the entire school district was comprised of one K-12 building. Today, the district consists of three high schools, four middle schools, 12 elementary schools and four preschools. Over the next three years, Olentangy will add two more elementary schools and a fifth middle school. Constant improvement to the curriculum and instruction is a priority. Expectations are outlined in the Continuous Improvement Plan, which serves as a blueprint for the district's success, guiding staff development and measuring progress along the way.

Olentangy's most recent state report card rated it as "excellent with distinction." In addition, Olentangy boasts five National Merit Semifinalists and 11 Commended Scholars in 2009 in the National Achievement Scholarship Competition. Nearly all of Olentangy's graduating class of 2008 continued on to higher education.

Superintendent: Wade Lucas

Schools: Four preschools, 12 elementary, four middle, three high

Enrollment: 14,242

Median income: $69,046

Pupil/teacher ratio: 20:1

Expenditure per pupil: $9,187

Average teacher salary: $50,143

Standards met on report card: 29 of 30

Pickerington Local Schools

777 Long Rd., 833-2110

Pickerington, about 15 miles east of Columbus, is one of Central Ohio's most rapidly growing communities, and its school district is ranked 18th statewide in enrollment size. The district is currently the fifth fastest-growing school district in Ohio and has three new schools-a middle school and two elementaries-opening during the 2009-'10 school year.

Pickerington is known for its emphasis on academic achievement, supported by an extensive academic awards program and high athletic/activity eligibility standards. Pickerington offers numerous AP and honors courses, as well as a wide variety of programs for students with special needs.

Superintendent: Karen Mantia

Schools: Five elementary, two middle, two junior, two high

Enrollment: 10,461

Median income: $46,001

Pupil/teacher ratio: 21:1

Expenditure per pupil: $9,299

Average teacher salary: $61,480

Standards met on report card: 29 of 30

Reynoldsburg City Schools

7244 E. Main St., 501-1020

The Reynoldsburg City School District has developed one of the more innovative curricula in Central Ohio, drawing national attention for programs that are implemented around the core belief that every child can learn at high levels. Reynoldsburg has been nationally recognized for its success in narrowing achievement gaps among groups of students.

Such success requires a personalized approach to teaching and learning. Reynoldsburg educators have implemented written, personalized education plans for one in six of their students, including both high achievers and children with special needs. The district also has found success in community mentorship programs, alternative programs for at-risk students, special programs for gifted students, intensive character education programs, grant-funded reading programs in every elementary school and its new Raiderwear policy, making Reynoldsburg the first public school district in Central Ohio to require student uniforms.

Through a $56 million bond issue and matching state funds, the district hopes to open a second high school and seventh elementary school in the fall of 2011. Renovations and additions to six of the district's 11 existing buildings could be finished before then. The project will complete Reynoldsburg's construction plans for the foreseeable future, as every student would learn in a new or newly renovated building.

Superintendent: Stephen D. Dackin

Schools: Six elementary, two middle, two junior, one high

Enrollment: 6,706

Median income: $33,942

Pupil/teacher ratio: 24:1

Expenditure per pupil: $9,412

Average teacher salary: $51,137

Standards met on report card: 26 of 30

South-Western City Schools

3805 Marlane Dr., Grove City, 801-3000

South-Western City Schools is likely one of Ohio's most unique school districts, offering wide-ranging opportunities to a diverse population of students in the southwestern portion of Franklin County. Ohio's sixth largest district covers 127 square miles and has nearly 21,000 students.

The district is home to some of the state's most recognized public schools, with 17 elementary schools, five intermediate schools, five middle schools and four comprehensive high schools, as well as a highly regarded career-technical academy for juniors and seniors. South-Western also has a district-wide Head Start program and two schools providing specialized services to students with severe behavioral handicaps.

Superintendent: William H. Wise

Schools: 17 elementary (K-4), five intermediate (5-6), five middle, four high, two special-needs schools, one career technical center

Enrollment: 21,586

Median income: $32,325

Pupil/teacher ratio: Less than 31:1 at the high school, less than 25:1 at the elementary

Expenditure per pupil: $9,336

Average teacher salary: $57,620

Standards met on report card: 16 of 30

Upper Arlington City Schools

1950 N. Mallway, 487-5000

Students of this affluent suburban district in northwestern Franklin County consistently achieve test scores among the highest in Ohio. Nearly all UAHS graduates continue their education at two- or four-year colleges or universities. Students are continually recognized for high achievement and often outperform their peers at state and national levels. Upper Arlington High School offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

Service learning is important in the Upper Arlington school district. Students log about 45,000 hours of community service each school year. Both middle schools received White House honors as service learning leaders.

Upper Arlington offers two programs for some of its youngest pupils: Burbank Early Childhood School, a preschool and summer program for younger students, and School Age Child Care, a before- and after-school program at each elementary school.

Approval of a 6.2-mill levy in November 2007 will help pay for upgrading the district's eight schools, and building additions have begun at Barrington and Greensview elementary schools.

Superintendent: Jeffrey W. Weaver

Schools: Five elementary, two middle, one high

Enrollment: 5,670

Median income: $56,542

Pupil/teacher ratio: 21:1

Expenditure per pupil: $13,906

Average teacher salary: $58,500

Standards met on report card: 30 of 30

Westerville City Schools

336 S. Otterbein Ave., 797-5700

A large suburban district covering 52 square miles in northeastern Franklin County and southern Delaware County, Westerville offers a wide range of academic programs, including honors and AP courses, an International Baccalaureate program, postsecondary education options and opportunities for independent study. Parent interaction is stressed, and parent groups provide support for programs in music, athletics, academics, drama and special education.

The district provides academic coaches; interactive video teaching; peer mediation training; elementary magnet school programs in the arts, world languages and culture, math and science; able and talented resource centers, and individualized programs for some 1,600 special-needs students.

The district earned an "excellent" rating on its 2007-'08 Ohio Department of Education state report card and for the 17th consecutive year has earned the national "What Parents Want Award" from SchoolMatch. Only 16 percent of more than 15,000 public school districts in the country earned this distinction for providing the academic program, variety and rigor that families want for their children.

Superintendent: J. Daniel Good

Schools: 16 elementary, four middle, three high

Enrollment: 14,294

Median income: $40,438

Pupil/teacher ratio: 21:1

Expenditure per pupil: $9,874

Average teacher salary: $63,030

Standards met on report card: 25 of 30

Whitehall City Schools

625 S. Yearling Rd., 417-5000

The Whitehall City School District serves about 3,000 students in a positive, student-centered environment using a standards-based curriculum designed to meet the needs of a diverse population. The mission of the district is to "continually improve the achievement of all." On the 2007-'08 Ohio report card the district was given the rating of "continuous improvement."

The district offers a full continuum ofeducational programs as well as after-school programs for students at all grade levels, all-day kindergarten for all students, credit-recovery options and accelerated programs at all levels. High school students participate in college classes right at the high school. Middle school students may begin a high school curriculum as early as grade 7.

In the 2008-'09 school year, Whitehall students in grades 6-12 began wearing stadardized dress to emphasize an appropriate, safe and respectful educational environment.

In November 2008, the residents of Whitehall supported a bond issue to construct all new schools in the district. Construction will begin in spring 2010.

Superintendent: Judyth Dobbert-Meloy

Schools: Three elementary, one middle, one high

Enrollment: 2,900

Median income: $24,800

Pupil/teacher ratio: 18:1

Expenditure per pupil: $10,120

Average teacher salary: $48,478

Standards met on report card: 5 of 30

Worthington City Schools

200 E. Wilson Bridge Rd., 883-3000

Worthington is regarded as one of the highest-performing school districts in Central Ohio, as evidenced by student achievement. Scores on college entrance exams and state tests easily surpass state and national averages. Ninety-six percent of 2008 graduates pursued postsecondary education.

Worthington students' scores on state proficiency tests regularly place the district in the top 10 percent of all school systems in the state. Ratings on the state report card reflect the high achievement of students at all levels. In 2008, Worthington Schools recognized 18 National Merit Scholars.

Superintendent: Melissa Conrath

Schools: One preschool, 11 elementary, four middle, one alternative middle (Phoenix Middle School), two high, one alternative (Linworth Alternative School)

Enrollment: 9,598

Median income: $42,613

Pupil/teacher ratio: 15:1

Expenditure per pupil: $12,301

Average teacher salary: $70,088

Standards met on report card: 28 of 30