Our students’ performance show why the best and brightest call Ashland home.

In Ashland County, you will find a dedication to education in six public school districts (most of them rating “excellent” or better), two affiliated career centers, and two private schools. Along with K-12 education, Ashland County values higher education, playing home to a four-year private university and a center for adult education. Other technical, private, and state institutions surround Ashland in neighboring counties.

Our educational institutions form partnerships among themselves and with the business community to strive for continuous improvement.

Ashland County Public School Districts K-12

Ashland City School District is a public school district serving students in the city of Ashland, Montgomery Township, Milton Township, and parts of Perry Township in Ashland County, Ohio, United States.

Enrollment Number in Elementary School – 1359
Enrollment Number in Secondary/Middle School – 712
Enrollment Number in High School – 860
Enrollment Number in JVS – 175
Enrollment Number in Little Arrows Preschool – 118
Total Enrollment Number – 3224

Instructional Spending Per Student – $7,360
Total Spending Per Student – $10,213

Student to Teacher Ratio – 15:1

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Black River is a small rural district of approximately 1200 students. There is no community of Black River. The district is composed of Five townships. In fact, a portion of the district complex is in Ashland and Medina Counties. The largest building is the newest building, The Black River Education Center (BREC). Students moved into this building in 1996. It houses students from Pre-K through 8th grade. The High School, which is the oldest building has housed high school students (9-12) since 1960.

The Black River Local Schools have a tradition of academic excellence. The community encourages and supports the curriculum that prepares students to achieve to the best of their ability. The faculty has high expectations and through their instruction and dedication in and outside the classroom, students excel.

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Vision Statement

Crestview Local School District will be an educational leader, fostering high expectations by motivating and challenging all students through innovative and relevant experiences.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Crestview Local School District is to provide an excellent educational experience tailored to each individual student.

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Building Character – Expecting Excellence

Vision Statement

The Hillsdale Local Schools, in partnership with the community, will build character and expect excellence by providing a safe and challenging environment that prepares students to be successful in life.

Mission Statement

At Hillsdale Local Schools, we will build character and expect excellence in our students by offering diverse opportunities in academics, fine arts, career, and technical education, extra-curricular activities, leadership, and service.  The opportunities must inspire and empower students to value learning as an ongoing process and to gain the knowledge and skills they need for continued education and employment in a changing global society.

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The Loudonville-Perrysville Exempted Village School District (LPEVSD) encompasses 119 square miles in North Central Ohio, the heart of Mohican Country and the gateway to Amish Country. The district serves students residing in portions of Ashland, Holmes, Knox, and Richland Counties.

The LPEVSD mission, in partnership with students, families, and the community, strives “to provide a safe and challenging educational environment where all students have the opportunity to reach their highest potential and become well-rounded citizens in a global society.” LPEVSD is committed to honoring the longstanding traditions of the Loudonville and Perrysville communities while ensuring our students have the opportunities and skills to prepare them for a successful future.

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Mapleton Local School District is in Orange Township, Ashland County, Ohio that was consolidated in 1962 by merging the high schools in Polk and RugglesTroy. It is the only high school in the Mapleton Local School District. Serving students in grades K-12.

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Ashland County Private Schools

Ashland Christian School, founded in 1972, is a non-denominational private school for preschoolers through 8th grade. 

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St. Edward School is a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. The award recognizes schools whose students achieve at very high levels. St. Edward School was one of 50 private schools out of 36,000 private schools in the United States to receive this award.
St. Edward School takes pride in the accomplishments the students achieve. Almost every year, the school claims alumni as valedictorians and/or merit scholars from the various high schools within Ashland County. Since 2000, St. Edward School has produced over 25 valedictorians/salutatorians and 5 National Merit Scholars.
The school provides a strong academic curriculum taught in all grades Pre-K through 8th grade, including classes in:
· Art
· Physical education
· Music
· Spanish
· Computer technology
All students have scheduled classes in the computer lab. The school has SMART Boards, Apple TVs, a 3-D printer, and an Interactive Projector. Our Fifth through eighth graders uses iPads to enhance classroom learning.
Academic lessons often extend beyond the classroom to areas such as the art museum, theater, and the symphony.

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Career Centers

Located just outside of Ashland, the Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center provides career education through various programs as well as regular academic classes to five surrounding public school districts. It also provides adult education through various programs, as well as provides the location information for basic literacy, GED, and career enhancement courses. 

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Located in Mansfield (Richland County), Madison Adult Career Center has been serving adult students since 1978 through career development training programs, short-term career enhancement training, customized training for business and industry, and personal enrichment/hobby courses.

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Located in Shelby (Richland County), Pioneer Career and Technology Center provides career education through thirty-five programs as well as regular academic classes to fourteen surrounding school districts (including Ashland County’s Crestview Local). It also provides adult education through various programs and career enrichment classes.

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Colleges and Universities

Founded in 1878, Ashland University is a mid-sized private institution with 2,200 undergraduate students and a total enrollment of nearly 6,000, including undergraduate and graduate programs as well as off-campus centers in Cleveland, Columbus, Elyria, Mansfield, Massillon, Medina, Westlake, Southwest Ohio/Cincinnati and Detroit, Michigan. Situated on a beautiful 135-acre campus, Ashland University affords close proximity to the big city while maintaining an intimate campus experience in a small-town feel.

Ashland University offers more than 70 different programs at the Bachelor’s level and also offers programs at the Master’s and Doctorate levels.

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North Central State College is a public two-year community-based educational institution serving the residents of north central Ohio. The College offers high quality, technical education in more than 60 associate degree and certificate programs in Health, Business, Public Service, and Engineering Technologies, as well as customized workforce training programs. 

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The Ohio State University at Mansfield was created through a partnership between Mansfield area citizens and the State of Ohio. The campus offers the many resources and opportunities that are expected from Ohio State. Attending the regional campus is like attending a small liberal arts college with the resources of a major university. Students enjoy small classes and low tuition compared to other institutions in the state university system. OSU Mansfield offers both undergraduate and graduate programs.

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Located in Wooster (Wayne County), Ohio State ATI is a post-secondary institution for local, regional and international learners seeking technical education in agriculture, horticulture, environmental sciences, business, and engineering technology. Ohio State ATI is recognized and respected as an exemplary public institution that provides associate degrees, certificates and continuing education course work in agriculture, horticulture, environmental sciences, business, and engineering technology, and selected specialty areas. 

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Akron Ohio

Located within metropolitan Akron, OH, Akron University offers more than 300 undergraduate and graduate programs. UA is made up of more than 20,000 students representing 45 U.S. states and 92 foreign countries and has branches in Millersburg, Orrville, Medina, Brunswick, and Lakewood. UA boasts high-tech classrooms in new academic buildings, a new Student Union and Student Recreation and Wellness Center, and 200 campus student organizations. Akron University is also home to the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, organized for teaching and research at the graduate level, granting the M.S and PhD in either Polymer Science or Polymer Engineering.

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The College of Wooster is located in Wooster, Ohio on 240 acres of campus with a total enrollment of about 2,000 students. The college offers 47 four year programs with student-faculty ration of 11 to 1. The College of Wooster boasts a 95% employment/graduate school rate for students within 6 months of graduation and also ranks 29th overall among liberal arts colleges whose graduates go on to earn a Ph.D., sixth in chemistry, ninth in physical sciences, 15th in political science and public administration, and 18th in history. 

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Data Compiled by Ashland Area Economic Development – Updated 2019