Understanding Ohio School Options

There are choices for families when the school (public or private) is not working for their children.

First, talk with your principal and superintendent.  Ask for a solution that keeps your child in the school or the district.  One consideration is a request to transfer to another school building, if one exists, in your district.  Your district superintendent must approve this type of transfer request.


If there is not a solution that satisfies your family, you can explore the following options.
 

  • Open enrollment – Students can attend school in a district that their parents are not residents. Every school district in Ohio decides whether to allow open enrollment. If it is allowed, the district creates a process, such as lottery or first-come, first-served, so that all students who apply have a fair chance for the spaces available in a grade level. Families must contact an open enrollment district for its process and follow it.

  • Community Schools – Enrollment into this option is the decision of the family and does not require permission from the home school district. These schools, also known as charter schools, are Ohio public schools and are free to Ohio residents. Community schools can be physical school building OR on-line e-schools. 

  • Home Schooling – Families can decide to provide education themselves to their children. This option requires the approval of the district superintendent and must be approved each school year along with an assessment of the students performance.

  • Scholarships – Ohio provides vouchers to private schools for students attending low-performing public schools.  There are also scholarships available for families who are considered low income, and  students with learning disabilities to schools or programs to meet the student’s needs.

  • Career-Technical Education Programs are available to middle and high school students in Ohio’s Career-Technical Planning Districts (CTPD’s).   Programs are provided within traditional district schools, Joint Vocational School Districts and in some charter schools.  Information about CTE programs and their entrance requirements should be obtained from the school administrator or guidance counselor.  Career-Technical Education Programs help prepare students for college and careers, offering many industry credentials and an opportunity for students to earn their high school diploma, while also earning college credits.

  • Credit flexibility is an option for a student to earn high school credit outside of the traditional classroom. The plan for the credit is developed by the student, the school and the family. Start first with your school counselor to discuss the idea that your student wants and what is needed to earn the credit.

  • College Credit Plus allows a student to attend a college course and earn college credits while in high school. This potentially saves time and money for families in college. Contact your school counselor about this option.

Last Modified: 3/6/2015 8:45:46 AM