About Dayton Public Schools
Dayton Public Schools is an urban district of approximately 15,000 students in pre-kindergarten through high school with a graduation rate of (84.4%) and more National Board Certified teachers than any other district in the Dayton region. One of our high schools, Stivers School for the Arts, was ranked among America’s best public high schools for two years in a row by U.S. News & World Report. DPS has produced 20 Gates millennium scholars since 2000, and four National Coca-Cola Finalists since 2003--two of whom were national winners.
The 2011 Report Card indicates that 10th-graders improved in all subject areas on the Ohio Graduation Test, and students in grades three through eight posted gains in 13 of 14 areas. The district moved to Continuous Improvement in its state ranking.
The diversity of our student body is matched only by the variety of our academic offerings. Students benefit from a solid academic program in our 30 schools and two special centers. Because students learn in different ways, DPS families will find single-gender and Montessori schools at the PK-8 level and programs that challenge students at the high school level. These include cutting-edge career pathways at David H. Ponitz Career Technology Center, International Baccalaureate at Meadowdale, and visual and performing arts at Stivers School for the Arts.
DPS is partnering with the Dayton Foundation, the University of Dayton’s Raymond L. Fitz Center for Leadership in Community, and a host of local businesses and health and social service organizations to operate five Dayton Public preK-8 schools as community centers in the after-school hours. The centers are part of the district’s initiative to create strong neighborhood schools.
The district, in the final segment of its $627 million school construction program, is providing teachers and students with new facilities and state-of-the-art technology to prepare for success in a global economy. To date, 24 of 26 schools have been built and occupied. This school year, DPS opened River's Edge Montessoi School and Fairview PreK-8 School and will later open the new Belmont High School and Wright Brothers PreK-8 School.
Thanks to citizen support of a 2002 bond issue, 61 percent of the project is funded by the state; the local share is 39 percent.