Who We Are
Columbus City Schools, established in 1845, is the state of Ohio’s largest school district, serving the needs of 47,000 students in 112 schools. The district, which employs more than 9,000 teachers and staff, is under the leadership of its 21st superintendent, Dr. Talisa Dixon, and a seven-member Board of Education. The mission of Columbus City Schools is that each student is highly educated, prepared for leadership and service, and empowered for success as a citizen in a global community.
Who We Serve
Columbus City Schools serves a diverse student population within the vibrant Columbus community of nearly one million people. Within the approximately 29,000 households of our students, 95 different languages are spoken by families hailing from 104 countries. The top non-English languages spoken by the families we serve are Spanish, Somali, Nepali, Arabic, and French.
Students identified with special needs make up around 18 percent of the student population. Eight percent of students are identified as gifted. CCS also serves more than 6,000 students who are classified as vulnerable youth -- those who are homeless, in foster care, or in a temporary or emergency living situation.
Columbus City Schools participates in the federal free breakfast and lunch program, serving more than 10.5 million meals annually and 60,000 meals daily to PreK-12 students.
Location and Inquiries
The Columbus City Schools main office is located at 270 E. State St., Columbus, Ohio 43215.
For general questions, call the FACTLine at 614-221-3228.
Each student is highly-educated, prepared for leadership and service, and empowered for success as a citizen in a global community.
A world-class model of public education that prepares all students to be Portrait-ready graduates and reach their full potential.
Portrait of a Graduate
Our North Star – the hopes, dreams, and aspirations we have for every student.
- Adaptability – Our students will be agile in thoughts and actions, responding productively to positive and negative feedback while balancing diverse views to reach workable solutions.
- Communication – Our students will effectively express thoughts and ideas using oral, written, and nonverbal skills while being active listeners able to decipher meaning and intention.
- Creativity – Our students will be imaginative and explore original ideas and innovative solutions by transcending traditional thoughts, patterns, and relationships.
- Critical Thinking – Our students will analyze and apply evidence-based reasoning to understand “big picture” challenges and how solutions affect other parts of a system.
- Global Empathy – Our students will value and engage diverse cultures and unique perspectives through mutual respect and open dialogue while taking action to make the world more equitable and inclusive.
- Technology – Our students will leverage traditional and emerging technology to consume, create, communicate, and connect while practicing responsible citizenship in an increasingly digital world.
Columbus City Schools has identified four Strategic Priorities that will guide the work of the organization:
Priority 1: Whole-Child Focused
Columbus City Schools will design and implement curriculum with a holistic approach, so that students find their education more relevant, rewarding, and rigorous.
Priority 2: Equitable Opportunities For All Students
Columbus City Schools will ensure equitable outcomes for all students and employees, in order to create communities that promote excellence, personal and professional growth, and a culture of belonging.
Priority 3: Strong Learning Communities In Every Region
Columbus City Schools will strengthen a high quality, interdependent set of learning communities so that within and among these centers of growth are reliable sources of support, identity, and hope.
Priority 4: Authentic Engagement
Columbus City Schools will actively engage all stakeholders to ensure that every experience with the district engenders mutual trust, develops quality relationships, and strengthens collective support for the benefit of our students.
School Related Issue or Concern?
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