Serving a culturally and economically diverse 52-square-mile area in northeastern Franklin and southern Delaware counties, Westerville City Schools educates approximately 15,000 students, is the 11th-largest district in Ohio and earned a rating of "Excellent with Distinction" from the Ohio Department of Education on the most recent State Report Card. The district operates 14 elementary schools, four middle schools, three high schools, an Early Learning Center and an Academic Enrichment Center. All three district high schools recently were identified by Newsweek magazine as being among the best high schools in America. The district regularly earns the “What Parents Want” in education designation from SchoolMatch, which recognizes districts that provide the curriculum and academic rigor parents desire most for their children. The Class of 2012 earned more than $25 million in scholarship offers and, on average, more than 80 percent of Westerville School District graduates pursue a post-secondary education at colleges and universities around the world.
Students in Westerville Schools continue to meet or exceed state standards for Ohio Achievement Test scores and Ohio Graduation Test pass rates. The district offers academic coaches; Advanced Placement courses; a high school International Baccalaureate program whose students achieve a diploma award rate higher than the international average; Able and Talented resource centers; Arts, Math/Science, and World Languages/Culture elementary magnet schools; Peer Mediation training; the EOS alternative program for at-risk students; Service Learning opportunities; active business partnerships; and specialized programs that meet the needs of our 1,700 special needs students, our 3,000 gifted students and our 1,300 English as a Second Language students.
Westerville is also recognized for its tradition of excellence in athletics and other extracurricular opportunities. The district promotes sportsmanship, teamwork and camaraderie on its athletic fields, the overarching philosophy being that these character-building tools last a lifetime and contribute to the future success of its students.
Westerville Schools is successful because of the ongoing collaboration between students, staff, administrators, parents and the community. The district enjoys a statewide reputation as an exemplary school district and continues its path of steady progress toward becoming the benchmark of educational excellence. Children come first in Westerville Schools and the district’s number one priority remains improving student achievement.