The Akron Public Schools (APS) system is the largest in the region. Its Akron Community Learning Center (CLC) project, launched in 2003, is an aggressive $800 million plan to remodel and/or rebuild all district schools. CLCs are intended for use by the schools during the day and by the community after school has recessed for the day. Thirty-two CLCs in area schools are currently complete, and three more are under way. Programs include preschools in several elementary schools, free
all-day kindergarten and free breakfast and lunch for all students. APS offers customized educational opportunities designed to fit each student’s needs so he or she can find his or her path to an enriching and fulfilling career.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program is a rigorous curriculum that meets the highest standards of education in the world. An APS student is now able to follow the IB track from elementary school to high school graduation, the first such complete IB track in Ohio.

Akron’s Firestone Community Learning Center High School is one of only 21 high schools in Ohio to offer this prestigious program.

Case Elementary School and Litchfield Middle Schools, which feed into Firestone High School, completed their first year in 2015 as IB candidate schools.

Aurora High School in Portage County has an IB program.

Indian Trail Elementary School in Stow has an IB primary program similar to Case Elementary in Akron.

Akron’s Firestone Community Learning Center High School is one of only 21 high schools in Ohio to offer this prestigious program.

Case Elementary School and Litchfield Middle Schools, which feed into Firestone High School, completed their first year in 2015 as IB candidate schools.

Aurora High School in Portage County has an IB program, and Indian Trail Elementary School in Stow has an IB primary program similar to Case Elementary in Akron.

Career Technical Education (CTE) programs are supported by industry-based standards identified by 30 different business advisory groups. Students can choose from dozens of two-year, accredited occupational training programs that prepare students for college or jobs.

Each year, 95 to 98 percent of CTE students pass the Ohio Proficiency Test or the Ohio Graduation Test and earn a high school diploma.

CTE offerings include animal management (veterinary assistance), medical assisting, masonry, hospitality and tourism, culinary arts, HVAC, IT support, software design, auto collision and repair, welding, pre-engineering for aerospace, business management, machining and more.

Nearly 700 CTE students graduate each year with practical skills desired by employers, and 97 percent are either employed, going to college or joining the military immediately after high school.

APS students also have access to more than 1,000 apprenticeships.

Army JROTC is offered at Kenmore High School, Air Force JROTC at Bechtel CLC High School, U.S. Navy JROTC at Garfield High School and Marine Corps JROTC at East CLC High School.

Nearly 720 students attend Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts (grades 4-8) and the Akron School for the Arts at Firestone CLC (grades 9-12). In addition, APS boasts a district-wide Orchestra Program that prepares approximately 570 students, grades 6-12. High school students are provided the opportunity to earn an arts endorsement on their diploma, and they have many opportunities to travel and perform internationally and locally at concerts and dance recitals, and in a wide variety of music and theater programs.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame School, Center for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Learning middle school is located in downtown Akron in a contemporary building that was once home to the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum. The STEM high school is on the campus of The University of Akron in what used to be APS’ Central-Hower High School. STEM students explore solutions to real problems while guided by inventors, business professionals and university faculty members.


This unique program of the APS allows students to earn two years of college credit free — on a college campus — while earning a high school diploma. AECHS was included in Newsweek’s 2016 Top Public High Schools list and was awarded a Blue Ribbon by the U.S. Department of Education in 2014.

Greater Akron has several categories of private schools that offer parents and students a variety of choices.

Our Lady of the Elms is the only all-girls’ Catholic school in Greater Akron and one of a few in Ohio. It encompasses a co-ed preschool and kindergarten, but it is single gender from grades 1 through 12. The Elms welcomes girls of all backgrounds and religions. The school has had a 100-percent college acceptance rate for more than 20 years and has won the U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon Award, rated “exemplary.”

The Catholic St. Vincent-St. Mary (west Akron), Archbishop Hoban (east Akron), Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls) and Christian-based Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (Cuyahoga Falls) high schools are fierce rivals on the athletic fields, but the schools all focus on academic excellence and service to others in the spirit of their particular religious affiliations.

Western Reserve Academy, on a 190-acre campus in historic Hudson, is a day and boarding college prep school founded in 1826. Its nearly 400 students come from 23 states and 15 countries. The student-faculty ratio is 7:1, and 87 percent of faculty members have advanced degrees and nearly 17 years of teaching experience on average. College matriculation is 100 percent.

The Faith Islamic Academy in Cuyahoga Falls, open since 2002, is for boys and girls in kindergarten through 8th grade. It provides its students with an Islamic academic environment in which they can grow and learn as whole individuals intellectually, spiritually, socially and physically.

Greater Akron has several co-educational Catholic primary schools, including St. Hilary School in Fairlawn, which has twice been awarded the U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon Award, and St. Sebastian Parish School in Akron, which dates back to 1928. St. Vincent-St. Mary School, where basketball star LeBron James attended high school, also has a primary school. Holy Family Parish School in Stow, which has a co-educational K-8 program, won a Blue Ribbon Award in 2012. The Lippman School in Akron is a co-ed, independent school for all children K-8, where a global perspective is woven throughout academics, arts and experiential programming. Spring Garden Waldorf School in Copley Township is a K-8 facility located in a remodeled public elementary school. It adheres to the Waldorf educational approach, balancing academic subjects with artistic and practical activities.

Greater Akron has seven Montessori schools that differ somewhat in their approaches to the Montessori method. The Montessori method emphasizes hands-on learning, child-directed learning and collaborative work.

Old Trail School in Bath Township is a co-educational country day school, grades Pre-K through 8, founded in 1920. Its 570 students come from more than five counties.

Charter schools are publicly funded, nonsectarian schools that operate independently of any school district but are under contract with an authorized sponsor. Most are for-profit and serve as an alternative to the traditional K-12 public school system.

Medina County includes seven public school districts serving nearly 30,000 students, including Black River, Wadsworth and Medina City Schools (the largest).

The Medina County Career Center (MCCC)
Part of the county school district, offers more than 25 technical career majors covering practically every career field. At MCCC, students can begin earning college credit before stepping foot on a college campus. Many majors provide students access to industry certifications.

Private School Options for Elementary and Middle School Students
Medina Christian Academy, Sacred Heart School, St. Mark Lutheran School, St. Francis Xavier School, Northside Christian Academy, Reimer Road Baptist School, St. Ambrose and the Montessori-based Medina Children’s House.

Portage County has 11 school districts. The largest is Kent City Schools, with enrollment of nearly 4,000 in 2016. The district consists of five elementary schools, a middle school and a high school. The district has athletic championships in many sports. More than 85 percent of its seniors go on to college. St. Patrick School in Kent, K-8, is the largest Catholic school in Portage County; it has more than 300 students. Children of all faiths attend. Valley Christian Academy in Aurora has an enrollment of more than 300 in grades K-8. The NEOMED campus in Portage County Rootstown Township is home to the tuition free Bio-Med Science Academy, a STEM +M school—science, technology, engineering, math and medicine—founded in 2012.


The University of Akron
More than a dozen colleges and universities offering a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs are located within commuting distance of Greater Akron. The two largest are The University of Akron (UA) and Kent State University (KSU), with combined enrollments of more than 66,000 on their main and satellite campuses. These universities partner with the business, industrial and social service communities in many ways — research, special courses, work-study programs, wellness efforts and urban development, among others.

Kent State University
Kent State University in Portage County, founded in 1910, is a public research university, ranked in the top tier of best national universities by U.S. News & World Report. KSU is one of Ohio’s largest universities, with a total enrollment of more than 41,000 students — coming from 50 states and more than 100 countries — on its eight Northeast Ohio campuses.

Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) in Portage County trains physicians, pharmacists, researchers and other health professionals in an interprofessional environment. Its nearly 50 partners include universities, hospitals and businesses. NEOMED comprises a College of Medicine, a College of Pharmacy and a College of Graduate Studies.

Stark State College
Stark State College focuses on affordable, quality higher education that propels students to career success or launches them toward advanced degrees. The college offers more than 230 associate degrees, one-year certificates and career enhancement certificates in business, education, engineering technologies, health, human and public services, information technology, liberal arts, mathematics and sciences.

Life Long Learning
Greater Akron offers a variety of educational options for people interested in attaining valuable career skills at any time, whether right after high school graduation or to support a midlife career change. Many of these alternatives provide area businesses and industries with well-trained workers who have specialized training in areas such as advanced manufacturing, public safety and polymer science.  

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