Excellence in education
For families with children, the biggest attraction Oakwood offers is the quality of its schools. Oakwood City Schools have a century-long tradition of excellence and placing student success first. Today, the district serves over 2,000 students in a kindergarten building, two elementary schools, a junior high school, and a high school. Preschool and after-school care are also offered. With low pupil-to-teacher ratios and a high level of community support, Oakwood City Schools educate students who are prepared for their post-secondary pursuits, proud of their Oakwood education, and poised to lead and serve.
With a purpose of providing the knowledge, care, and passion necessary for every child to reach their individual potential, the Oakwood City Schools’ academic program is anchored in doing what is best for students. Consistently rated in the top 1% of districts in the State of Ohio, Oakwood City Schools received all A’s in the five major categories and ranked 6th on the Ohio Performance Index on the most recent State Report Card. The 2013 average ACT score of 27 is the highest in the State.
Oakwood High School's Ohio Graduation Test results consistently rank in the state's top 1% with more than 98% of Oakwood graduates moving on to higher education. Oakwood High School has been named a National School of Excellence and a recipient of U.S. News and World Report Gold Medal status.
Of course, the real measure of a community's education quality goes beyond test scores and outlasts the school day (please see our Quality Profile posted on the Oakwood City Schools website www.oakwood.k12.oh.us). Oakwood youth thrive on an education that embraces both rigorous science and math standards and the broadening, deepening power of the arts and humanities - equally necessary to meet the future's challenges. Oakwood youth participate in Academic Decathlon, competitive speech, drama, music, band, and of course the full range of school individual and team sports. The Wright Memorial Public Library offers a wealth of print and electronic services to the schools and the community, from story time for toddlers to high-speed WiFi Internet connections.
This is a community fully committed to public education, and citizens back that up through their active involvement in school activities and by voting their support at the ballot box. Alumni and community members help to enhance the educational experience by donating to The Oakwood Schools Foundation, established to ensure that the excellence of an Oakwood education will be available for generations to come. Oakwood citizens recognize that their support of high-quality schools pays off in strong property values, an informed and involved citizenry, and a community and region that attract corporate investment.
Opportunities for Catholic parochial education and other private school options are also available nearby, and the region offers numerous higher education choices from the University of Dayton to Wright State University. Nearby Sinclair Community College and a number of career and technical schools prepare a workforce ready for the information and technology economy of the future in the tradition of innovators like the Wright Brothers, who made Oakwood their home.