About Dublin City Schools
Dublin City Schools (DCS) is the 9th largest district in the State of Ohio. The district enrolls more than 16,000 students and employs more than 2,500 staff members annually. The boundaries of the district encompass 47 square miles and include parts of Dublin, Columbus, Hilliard, and Upper Arlington. The district, which is also one of the fastest-growing districts in the region and is projected to grow by 270 students annually through 2032, crosses three Ohio counties: Franklin, Delaware, and Union. In fact, more than 40% of DCS' students reside outside of the City of Dublin.
Dublin City Schools works every day to provide our students with world-class instruction and a well-rounded education and to continuously improve in everything we do. The district is one of Ohio's highest-achieving districts, receiving five stars in Progress, Gap Closing, and Graduation, and four stars in Achievement on the Ohio School Report Card. Our district is also ranked A+ and listed as the #1 Best School District in the Columbus area on Niche.com., and all three of our high schools are ranked in the top 25 in Ohio. The Dublin City Schools student body represents more than 100 countries and speaks more than 70 different languages. Additionally, more than thirty-two percent of the district's students are identified as gifted.
Ohio Dept of Education - District at a glance
For more facts and figures about our district, view our United Newsletter Impact Report (published in March 2023).
Caring and Expert Staff
Dublin City School’s excellent academic reputation has made it a destination district for teachers and support staff. With thousands of applications on file at any given moment, our Human Resources department has the ability to hire the best of the best for our children. Our teaching staff is incredibly accomplished, with many published authors and national presenters who have completed peer-reviewed work that stacks up with any in the United States. Additionally, our staff believes in more than just educating our students. They are committed to helping them become happy and productive members of our community.
- 72.7% of our teachers hold a master's degree or higher
- Average years of teaching experience: 14
- 94% of DCS parents surveyed rated the job being done by DCS classroom teachers as good or very good
- 89% of students in grades 3-5 and 78% of students in grades 6-12 answered "yes" when asked if they had a teacher or other adult at school who they could count on no matter what
Dublin Leadership Academy
This staff-led, professional development program for teachers is unique to Dublin City Schools. Approximately 600 teachers attended more than 60 sessions on a wide variety of topics including the gifted model, creativity in the classroom, global learning, social and emotional issues and improving student research skills.
Dublin Literacy Conference
Like the Dublin Leadership Academy each summer, Dublin City Schools’ expert teaching staff plays key roles in planning the Dublin Literacy Conference.
Five Star Preschool Program
The Dublin City Schools’ Preschool program has received a five star rating from the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services. The highest possible five star rating for all five of our preschool locations comes after an extensive reviews and observations of our program. The criteria used to award the District five stars were:
- Program leadership
- Student learning and development
- Staff qualifications and professional development
- Family and community partnerships
Congratulations to our entire preschool staff for earning this five star designation indicating the District’s Preschool program exceeds the expectations of the state agencies mentioned above.
Literacy and Numeracy Coaches
These coaches facilitate world-class instruction in literacy and numeracy, and this year some secondary coaches have been added.
Diversity and Global Experiences
Proud of Our Diversity
Dublin City Schools is one of Ohio's most diverse school districts, featuring students from more than 100 countries speaking more than 70 different languages. Our diversity is a tremendous source of pride for our students and staff because students from around the globe provide all of us with opportunities to experience different cultures, languages, and customs right here in Central Ohio. The District's diversity also helps underscore and emphasize the fundamental truth that we are all people, and we share this one planet. The diversity of a school community opens up the world for discussion and experiential learning by providing a global perspective that would otherwise be lacking in a homogeneous group of people.
English Language Learners Staff and Bilingual Aides
Dublin City Schools has more than 1,200 English Language Learners who speak a wide variety of different languages. The District is fortunate to have a team of highly qualified ELL staff and bilingual aides who work with these students to ensure they learn how to read and write English at functional levels.
Dublin City Schools offers students the opportunity to take educational trips abroad. Click here to learn about our Global Travel program.
One of the many ways we recognize and celebrate diversity is by engaging in "multicultural day" celebrations from elementary to high school. These events feature food from around the world, presentations by students and musical performances. For example, Dublin Scioto's Cafe-Read-A-Latte has become a school tradition and is one of the highlights of the entire school year for Scioto students and staff. Multicultural celebrations are great opportunities for our students to celebrate their own culture while learning more about their peers.
Clubs and Activities Celebrating Diversity
At the elementary level, some of our schools have an informal "Japanese Moms" club who meet on a regular basis to share their culture with our students. Dublin City Schools' largest non-white subgroup as classified by the Ohio Department of Education is "Asian." We have many Japanese families who live here due to our excellent schools and Dublin's proximity to the Honda plant in Marysville. The members of the Japanese moms groups teach students how to create origami art work, bring authentic Japanese food from home on multicultural days and much more. At the secondary levels, we have many clubs and opportunities for students to engage in multiculturalism. Some of those opportunities are listed below.
African Library Club: Students gather books and package them to be sent to African countries. The club works with 8 different libraries in Africa. In April of 2016, the club shipped 18 boxes totaling 1,013 books to The Unique Standard School in Ghana. In October of 2017, Dublin Coffman students were recognized on the African Library Project's blog!
Chinese Club: Students with an interest in Chinese language and culture participate in activities that promote understanding and appreciation of the Chinese language and culture. Activities include movies, food, and games.
French Club: A group that promotes an interest in French as a co-curricular activity. The main purpose of the club is to provide students with an additional opportunity to work with French and to broaden their understanding and appreciation of French culture. Activities include games, movies, restaurants, a hayride in the fall, a fondue night and other cooking events.
German Club: The club explores German, Austrian and Swiss culture by doing such activities as creating gingerbread houses and various crafts, making and enjoying traditional foods from these cultures, celebrating holidays, playing games using the German language, enjoying movies in German and having a cookout and a soccer game with visiting German students in the spring.
Japanese Club: A club that seeks out and creates cultural and social activities and events related to the study of Japanese language and culture in our school and community. The club also promotes understanding and appreciation of the language and culture.
Multicultural Club: Multicultural Club promotes the acceptance of all people.The club helps students to value diversity within Dublin City Schools, the US, and the world. Activities are partially based on student interest. They include field trips to educate students about diversity and non-violent conflict resolution, as well as the exploration of different cultures through music, food, literature and movies.
Spanish Club: A group that promotes an interest in Spanish as a co-curricular activity. The main purpose of the club is to provide students with an additional opportunity to work with Spanish and to broaden their understanding and appreciation of Spanish speaking cultures. Activities include games, movies, restaurants, a hayride in the fall, and various cooking events.