From cradle to grave, you’ll find more educational opportunities in the Greater Dayton area than cities that are three times its size. From the Dayton Public School District and public universities, through elite private high schools and colleges, the area is home to educational programs that can prepare students for positions in highly technical fields or advanced professional careers.
- Terry Troy
From its 5-star preschools to one-on-one technology in classrooms, the Dayton Public School System offers 27 different schools, including the Dayton Digital Academy, Rose Parks Early Learning Center and Mound Street Academy.
There are 16 elementary schools, four middle schools and seven high schools, including the Stivers School for the Arts, the only public school in the district that has been designated as a 7-12 school.
Stivers has a rigorous academic program that consistently produces test scores that far exceed other schools in the district and the scores are also comparable to that of high performing suburban schools in the region.
Across the district, secondary students continue to enjoy a wide array of Career Technical Education classes. The district offers a wide array of career technical pathways at David H. Ponitz CTC and will be opening a new Career Technical Center at Meadowdale High School soon. Students with a more academic bent in middle and high school can continue to earn college credits—and even work toward an associate degree—through the district’s College Credit Plus program.
Other local school districts include the Kettering School District with 12 schools, Centerville City School District with 12 schools, Beavercreek City School District with 10 schools, Miamisburg City School District with 10 schools, Huber Heights City School District with eight schools, Northmont City School District with eight schools, Med River Local School District with eight schools, West Carrolton City School District with seven schools, Oakwood City School District with five schools, Vandalia-Butler City School District with five schools, Trotwood-Madison City School District with five schools, Northridge Local School District with four schools, and the Jefferson Township Local School District with two schools.
Top High Schools in the area as rated by Niche.com include: Oakwood High School, Centerville High School, Dayton Regional STEM School and Bellbrook High School.
The Greater Dayton area is also home to numerous private educational opportunities K-12. Chaminade Julienne High School is a Catholic secondary school owned and operated by two religious orders, Society of Mary and the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, in conjunction with lay persons. The downtown school has existed for more than 130 years at its location on Franklin and Ludlow streets in Dayton. Of its 2020 graduates, 98.75% continued with formal education, including 80.5% to four-year colleges and universities and 18.5% to two-year colleges. The remaining 1.25% entered the military/workforce.
A co-educational, comprehensive Catholic school, Archbishop Alter School has just over 515 students enrolled in grades 9 through 12. Carroll High School, which is also a private co-educational Catholic high school, focuses on the holistic formation of its students for a life of virtue, academic excellence and service.
Established in 1964, The Miami Valley School is an independent college preparator day school for students from early childhood through grade 12. The Miami Valley School uses the Immersion Method of learning, challenging its students to learn through engagement and discovery as well as the classroom. With only 485 students, Miami Valley has a college acceptance rate of 100%.
Offering Seventh-day Adventists education, Spring Valley Academy is located on 50 acres in Washington Township, south of Dayton. Spring Valley Academy embodies excellence in education. The test scores of its students consistently rank above national averages, including Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS), ACT and SAT. Over 95% of students attend college after graduation.
With 11,677 undergraduate, graduate and law students, the University of Dayton is a top-tier research university distinguished by its academics, research and community involvement. U.S. News and World Report ranked nine of the University’s programs as among top in the nation in its latest guide on Best Graduate Schools. The School of Engineering graduate program tied for 45th overall and was ranked No. 1 among Catholic colleges and universities.
Miami University is as well known for athletics as it is academics. Founded in 1809, Miami University’s 17,327 undergrads and 2,607 graduate students study in Oxford, while another 4,600 on regional campuses. Miami University is rated among the Top 50 national public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Its undergraduate engineering program is rated among the Top 10.
As a faith-based educational institution, Cedarville University boasts a three-year average of having 97.9% its graduates either employed or in grad school within the first six months. It does have a smaller student body, with just 4,500 undergrad, graduate and online students matriculating in more than 150 areas of study.
If you are seeking an even more intimate setting for collegiate studies, try Kettering College, which has 800 students. The college is chartered by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and is focused on health care.
For its part, Wright State University serves more than 13,000 students at its Dayton and Lake campuses. If you are looking for a more technical education or want to save money, Sinclair Community College offers more than 300 degree and certificate programs, including specialized training and technical areas of study. In the last four years, more than 26,000 credentials have been earned by Sinclair students. It also has one of the lowest tuition rates in the state of Ohio. More than 3,000 students transfer into four-year colleges every year.
Other exceptional college and university choices in the region include Wilmington College, Antioch College, Antioch University and Butler Tech.