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The state of Ohio issues a report card for every public school in the state. These report cards evaluate the achievement and progress of the students. You can find report cards for all public schools and districts, including charter schools and career technical education centers, at the Ohio Department of Education website.
In Ohio, students are assigned to a public school in their district. There are a number of ways to attend a different school instead, either by applying for an intra-district transfer or applying to a magnet school.
Ohio has several options for enrolling in a school outside of your assigned district including open enrollment and out-of-boundary tuition.
Public charter schools, or community schools, are independently operated public schools, overseen by the state, with more flexibility than traditional district schools to make decisions around curriculum, scheduling, staffing and learning environments. These independent public schools come in two varieties: online and school-house.
Career-tech programs emphasize real-world skills and knowledge to prepare students for college and a career. These programs help students gain technical know-how, an academic foundation, and career experience. Students usually begin career-tech programs in the 11th grade, but some programs start as early as 9th grade. Some schools have GPA requirements for admission.
Private schools are independent, tuition-based schools. Some have a faith-based environment, though not all private schools are religious. Ohio has five state-funded scholarship programs that allow eligible families to send their children to a participating private school (or public school, in some cases) of their choice. All scholarship programs are administered by the Ohio Department of Education.