Columbus City Schools

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Columbus City Schools/Columbus Public Schools
Map of Franklin County, Ohio highlighting the Columbus City School District.svg
Location of the district in Franklin County
Coordinates 39°59′N82°59′W / 39.983°N 82.983°W / 39.983; -82.983 Coordinates: 39°59′N82°59′W / 39.983°N 82.983°W / 39.983; -82.983
District information
Established1845;177 years ago (1845)
PresidentJennifer Anne Adair
Vice-presidentRamona R. Reyes
SuperintendentTalisa Dixon
Students and staff
Students46,686 (2020-2021 average)
Teachers4,166 (Oct 2007)
Staff7,181 FTE (Oct 2007)
Athletic conference OHSAA
Other information

Columbus City Schools, formerly known as Columbus Public Schools, is the official school district for the city of Columbus, Ohio, and serves most of the city (portions of the city are served by suburban school districts). The district has 46,686 students enrolled, making it the largest school district in the state of Ohio as of June 2021. At its peak during the 1971 school year the district served 110,725 students.


The first school built in the area which is now part of Columbus was a log cabin school-house built in Franklinton, in 1806. It wasn't until 1845 that the state of Ohio Legislature entrusted the management of Columbus schools to a Board of Education. Two years later the school board elected Dr. Asa Lord as the district's first superintendent. Dr. Gene T. Harris served as the 19th superintendent of Columbus City Schools and was succeeded by Dr. Dan Good. For most of its history, the district has been referred to as "Columbus Public Schools". In August 2007, the district decided to begin using its official name of "Columbus City Schools."

1977 desegregation

Although technically the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case made segregation in schools illegal, some schools were still segregated by the neighborhoods they served. In March 1977 Federal District Court Judge Robert M. Duncan ruled in Penick v. Columbus Board of Education that the school boundary methods used by Columbus Public Schools promoted segregation by sending black students to predominantly black schools and white students to predominantly white schools. The result was desegregation busing to desegregate all schools in the Columbus Public School district.

Before the 1978-1979 school year the Columbus Public School district petitioned Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist for a stay on the forced busing, and the petition was granted. However, in April 1979 the Supreme Court made their decision and upheld the original Duncan decision.

Before this landmark decision was handed down, the district had a peak of 110,725 students enrolled in 1971 and operated 20 high schools. Many parents moved their children out of the Columbus district to the suburbs to avoid the desegregation. As a result, district enrollment significantly declined, forcing two high schools, Central High School (In 1982) and North High School (In 1979) to be closed, as well as several elementary and middle schools.

School enrollment

Enrollment figures in the school district have significantly increased in the past and recently decreased. Following is a list of school enrollments over the years. [1]

District Enrollment
194740,000 (estimate)
196293,000 (estimate)
1971110,725 (all-time peak)
201948,982 [2]

Board of education

There are seven members on the Board of Education. Current members are listed below: [3]


There are a total of 118 active schools in the district.

Elementary schools

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Weinland Park Elementary School

Middle schools

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Johnson Park Middle School

K-8 Alternative schools

High schools

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Whetstone High School

Former schools

2006-2007 Report Card

For the 06-07 school year, the district improved its rating to "Continuous Improvement" on the department of education's rating scale. The district met 42 of 42 adequate yearly progress goals, which allowed the rating to improve.[ citation needed ]

2021-2022 Report Card

The Ohio Department of Education adopted a new 5-star rating system for the 21-22 Ohio School Report Card system. After a hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic, school districts received scores for the first time since the 2018-2019 school year. Although Columbus City Schools' "Graduation" ("the four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate and the five-year adjusted cohort graduation rate") and "Early Literacy" ("measure of reading improvement and proficiency for students in kindergarten through third grade") were rated at 1/5 stars, the district's "Progress" ("growth all students are making based on their past performances") and "Gap Closing" ("the reduction in educational gaps for student subgroups") were rated at 3/5 stars. [5] The district also scored 2/5 stars in "Achievement" ("whether student performance on state tests met established thresholds and how well students performed on tests overall"), with all selectable grade level data falling short of those similar districts and the state of Ohio. [6] Looking at "Gap Closing" data, the most growth occurred in English Language Arts. [7] [ citation needed ]


Students: 50,809 [8] Expenditures per student: $13,674 gender Male: 51.0% Female: 49.0% ethnicity African-American: 58.07% Caucasian: 25.58% Hispanic: 6.74% Multi-racial: 5.29% Asian: 2.09% American Indian/Native Alaskan: 0.2% ...about our students Languages spoken at home: 89 Speak English as a second language: 11.5% Have Limited English Proficiency: 9.5% Receive district ESL services: 6.4% Students transported by CCS daily: 32, 140 Identified as Gifted & Talented: 17.7% Receive Special Education services: 16.06% Receive a free or reduced-price meal: 68.93% Student Mobility Rate: 19.7% Average Daily Attendance: 94.5%

Schools: 118 grade level Elementary (K-5): 63 STEM Elementary Academies (PreK-6): 4 K-6: 6 K-8 Schools: 4 K-12 Schools (Africentric Early College): 1 Middle Schools (grades 6-8): 18 STEM Academy 7-12 (Linden-McKinley): 1 High School/Middle School 7-12 (South): 1 ESL Welcome Center (grades 6-12): 1 High Schools (grades 9-12): 16 Career Centers: 2 Special Services Schools: 3

Staff: 6,571 (FTE)#

Staff demographics as of June 2011: by gender Male: 28.5% Female: 71.5% ethnicity Caucasian: 62.6% African-American: 35.3% Hispanic: 1.2% Asian: 0.7% American Indian/Native Alaskan: 0.2%


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