Students enrolled 654
Hours no info
School leader Mr. Milton V. Ruffin
Transportation options Yes
District Columbus City School District

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546 Jack Gibbs Blvd
Columbus, OH 43215

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4 stars
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December 31, 2013
Fort Hayes High School is the ultimate contradiction. They preach a self satisfying message of creation, hard work, and college readiness, but then continuously take measures to work against this. The teachers are a sole bright spot in this otherwise piss poor institution. The problem is Fort Hayes forces them to set the bar extremely low. I currently take two AP classes, both of which have been forced to slow the curriculum down to a crawl in order to appease the majority of students who can not for the life of them grasp the material. In my AP Government class such questions like "What is the electoral college?" and "What is a Democrat?" are frequently asked and my teacher is forced to slow down the class to cover basic material rather than preparing us for the AP exam. There is a reason why 48% of kids take the exam at Fort Hayes and only 17% pass, they let anyone into the classes without any type of requisite. There is absolutely no standard of excellence being set at this school so far as I can tell. The administrators are self serious, condescending, pretentious, and are not taken seriously by the faculty, in most cases they are mocked by the teachers in class. DONT GO!

- submitted by a student
January 11, 2013
this school has no sports it is just a school with all talk no work gets done.Do not send your kids here!

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2012
I am a graduate from Fort Hayes. I graduated in 2011. The attention I got from the teachers and staff there definitely changed my course in life to a much more positive path by opening my mind to new ideas by using the arts. I was always involved in some sort of club or activity that kept me focused and motivated to have a successful high school career leading into a successful college career. I am now at on of the top private art colleges in the U.S. If it wasn't for Fort Hayes and the amazing teachers who sheltered me and cared I wouldn't have found my calling for the arts.

- submitted by a student
July 26, 2012
This is going to be my 3rd year at Fort Hayes, and I still love it. A lot of people complain that the workload is too much or that the teachers aren't good, but honestly they don't realize how lucky they are. For being a public school, the arts are good (especially the acting and dance programs), the teachers in generally try their hardest, and the principal tries to bring as much diversity and opportunity to all of us as he can. If you or your child is interested in the arts as well as a good education I would highly recommend scheduling a tour or looking into the Fort.

- submitted by a student
September 11, 2010
To the student who reviewed before me, welcome to high school. It's a college prep school so of course there's a lot of work. You just have to be responsible enough to get it in. Otherwise, you'll be eaten alive your first year (that is if you even plan on it). And it is definitely not boring. If you got involved more, you would see this school has a ton of fun stuff. My only complaint is the principal and the assistant principal who show arrogance when it comes to mentioning the school.

- submitted by a student
March 16, 2010
This school is the most boring school i have ever been at they just shove work at you and if you miss something your grade goes down 2 grades so they are mean and strick!

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November 18, 2009
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October 26, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
arts based, college prep high school. great program, great teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Education program is definitely geered to help children succeed

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Fort Hayes is a wonderful arts-based school with extraordinarily talented students, committed teachers, and it is a centerpiece of the urban Columbus community. I am proud to be a volunteer there and love what I learn every time I go.

- submitted by a community member
September 06, 2009
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- submitted by a student
August 24, 2009
I am a student at fort Hayes high school and it one of the best school in Columbus Ohio. With ever school there are its ups and downs but overall the ups outweigh the bad. Fort Hayes is for the art student or the academic student. If your child is not into the arts or a higher level of learning it s not for them. Teachers are hard but caring and will help your child find their own way.

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March 11, 2009
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February 09, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 13, 2008
Horrible. No parent-to-teacher communication. My calls are never returned and I don't feel that my presence is welcomed when I make visits to the school. I have always been involved with my children and every school they have attended until this school. When my first child arrived at Fort Hayes, he had excellent teachers and an excellent principal, by graduation I was ashamed to even have Fort Hayes on his diploma.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2008
Ft Hayes Arts and Academic High School was rated one of the top schools in America by U.S. News and World Report. We received Silver the same as CAHS and above many suburban schools. We are an outstanding program for students that attend for the right reasons - this is an Arts and Academic High school and our Extra-curricular programs are curricular and these art programs have won many local, state, national and international award. This is not a school for students that do not want to be involved in the arts. Hundreds (around 800) of students apply for 175 9th grade positions.

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January 24, 2008
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October 22, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2007
I graduated from Fort Hayes in 2002. That was under a different principal so I don't know about how it is now, but when I went it was THE BEST high school in Columbus. The teachers are without a doubt the best. They are passionate about their subjects and their students. It has the highest standards in the district, so a lot of kids leave after the first year because they can't handle it. It is not a good place for uninteresting kids either. The student has to be interested in Art or Music or Drama or Architecture, or else they won't fit in and make friends. Unless you want to pack up and run for the suburbs, send your kids to FHHS! Note:There is a difference between Fort Hayes Arts and Academics High School and Fort Hayes Career Center. Know the difference when researching or talking about the school.

- submitted by a former student
June 16, 2007
It is awful, sure not sending my child for this school.Very bed experience as a parent and student.school principal and communication with teacher,never responds to calls.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2007
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December 22, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
October 05, 2006
I think enrolling my child into Fort Hayes was one of the worst decisions I have ever made. I can never get in touch with the teaching staff or the principal Mr. Ruffin. I never know what my child assignments are because most of the teachers don't participate in Edline. My child is once again failing and even though I call the school I can not get a teacher to return my so that I can find out where my child is going wrong!

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2006
Fort Hayes MEC High School is an inviting safe place for kids to learn. There is a large diversity there between the teachers and students. The students have the opportunity to be involved in clubs that teach discipline and they also have clubs that teach tolerance for other genders, sexuality, races, and so on. The teachers at Fort Hayes are very friendly people. They strive to help you achieve your goal, the problem students have with them is that they do not tell you the answer, because that's not what they're there for. they are there to teach and help students and that's what they do. Fort Hayes is a wonderful school for any and all students.

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June 05, 2006
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- submitted by a student
May 30, 2006
Wiley is a great school for learning languages. From Kindergarten to second grade, it is a wonderful school. However, third grade on up, it is really lacking strong teachers and in particular, math. Also, the great feeling of internationalism is not injected into the arts nor the music. This makes for a very dull school as the children get older.

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April 30, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2006
Horrible communication with teachers. I have asked and asked to have communication with the teachers becasue my child tends to slack in turing assignements and no matter how much i plead the teachers will not warn me when my child is unsuccessful. I am not the only parnet struggling with the schools communications.

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2005
This is a good school. It provides many career opportunities for those into the arts while stressing academic achievement as well. This is a successful school.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2005
Wonderful schools with great programs, engaging extracurricular activities, and involved, dynamic teachers.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2005
My daughter goes to Fort Hayes and I love the level of academic expectations. She is required to work and must work hard. The only area that is difficult is the lack of extracurricular activities. They need to focus on bringing more activities that are social as well as academic.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2004
My daughter graduated from Fort Hayes Education Center for grades 9-12. She loved the school and her teachers. The teachers and guidance counselor were wonderful and encoraged her to be all that she can be. she graduated in 2003, second in her class as a salutatorian. The teachers and gudiance counseler encouraged her to take advantage of the post secondary education and she did. She attended Columbus State Community College while in high school and this allowed her to enter college with 29.5 credit hours. She is now in her second year of college and is a Junior by credit hours. So this is a wonderful school that has wonderful opportunities in academics and arts.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2004
My daughter went to Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center for grades 9-12 and is now in college. I thought the school tried very hard to provide an education in both the arts and in academics, and encourage students to excel in high school. They were also very good about supplying post-secondary education counseling and helping students apply for colleges, and obtain scholarships, grants and financial aid. I would recommend this school highly.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2003
This school is outstanding because of its combination of college prep curriculum and vocational training. The school is also very parent friendly in that when you child is a student there, you will have access to their grades via the internet. Whenever a grade is updated for my son, I receive an email notification. Being a single mother, it is very difficult at times, to take off of work to visit the school physically and being able to keep up with my son's grades and school activities via email is wondreful! I am also able to communicate with his teachers via email!

- submitted by a parent
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Fort Hayes Arts And Academic High School
546 Jack Gibbs Blvd, Columbus, OH  43215
(614) 365-6681
Last modified Fort Hayes Arts And Academic High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Fort Hayes Arts And Academic High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 37 reviews.