in Northeast Ohio

in Northeast Ohio

From preschool to PhD, some of the finest public and private institutions in the country are located in Northeast Ohio. That’s important no matter what stage of life you’re in—whether you’re raising a family or seeking to add to your own academic credentials.

If early childhood education is a priority for you, you’ll find innovative programs and learning centers throughout the region. Visit the Ohio Department of Education and Ohio Jobs and Family Services website ( to search by county for Early Learning and Development Programs.

For K-12 private school education, a range of independent day schools, boarding schools and religious schools offer both co-ed and unisex options as well as programs geared toward special needs.

When it comes to higher learning, Northeast Ohio boasts world-renowned universities alongside private colleges, community colleges and technical institutes offering multiple degree programs. Vocational schools throughout the region enable people of all ages to learn and expand their skills.

Even if school isn’t a factor for you right now, consider this: proximity to high-performing schools and universities increases property values; provides access to cultural events, sports and other activities; and brings more diversity to communities. Keep that in mind as you look for your next place to call home.

Soaring Public School Districts

If you have or are thinking of having children, no doubt one of your first priorities is knowing which communities have the best school districts. The chart below includes the Top 15 in Northeast Ohio, based on 2018-2019 test scores. Ohio tests students in reading and math every year in grades 3-8 and science in grades 5-8. The Ohio Graduation Tests include reading, writing, social studies, science and mathematics. These tests are administered to all students in 10th grade. Students who do not pass can repeat the test in 11th and, if necessary, 12th grade.

Of course, test rankings are only one measure of a school or school system’s strength. We encourage you to ask educators, administrators and school district representatives thoughtful questions such as the ones in What to Ask When Researching Schools below.

For more information about specific public school districts within each community, see “Living Here” in the Cleveland Area, Akron Area and Canton Area sections.

Northeast Ohio’s Top 15 Public School Districts

Based on student performance on Ohio’s standardized test Source:


Solon City Cuyahoga
Bay Village City Cuyahoga
Rocky River City Cuyahoga
Brecksville-Broadview Heights City Cuyahoga
Beachwood City Cuyahoga
Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Cuyahoga
Hudson City Summit
Kenston Local City Geauga
Highland Local Medina
Revere Local Summit
Avon Local Lorain
Avon Lake City Lorain
Canfield City Mahoning
Aurora City Cuyahoga
Cuyahoga Heights City Cuyahoga

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