Eye on Education

When Does School Start in Ohio?

Objects in mirror may be closer than they appear.

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Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.

School really does come earlier every year–or at least this year–if you live in one of the Ohio school districts that have moved their school start dates up a week or two.

Dublin, Hamilton City, Olentangy and Pickerington are among the districts starting earlier this year. Of course, those districts have moved the last day of school earlier too.

But most of the state’s largest districts are starting about the same time this year as last.

Here are the start dates for some of Ohio’s largest school districts and charter schools:

  • Akron: Wednesday, Aug. 28
  • Canton City: Wednesday, Aug. 21
  • Cincinnati: Wednesday, Aug. 21
  • Cleveland: Monday, Aug. 19
  • Columbus: Wednesday, Aug. 21 (for students at year-round schools)
  • Dayton: Thursday, Aug. 15
  • Dublin: Wednesday, Aug. 21
  • Electronic Classroom Of Tomorrow: Friday, Aug. 23
  • Fairfield City: Wednesday, Aug. 21
  • Hamilton City: Tuesday, Aug. 13
  • Hilliard: Tuesday, Aug. 20
  • Lakota (Butler County): Thursday, Aug. 22
  • Mason: Wednesday, Aug. 21
  • Ohio Virtual Academy: Monday, Aug. 26
  • Olentangy: Wednesday, Aug. 14
  • Parma: Tuesday, Aug. 27
  • Pickerington: Monday, Aug. 19
  • South-Western: Wednesday, Aug. 21 (for grades 4-12)
  • Toledo: Tuesday, Aug. 27
  • Westerville: Wednesday, Aug. 14

In some districts, separate schedules apply for pre-K and kindergarten students.


  • brockwaydubois

    Why are they moving the start of school earlier and earlier? What is the advantage (especially if they are ending the school year earlier as well)? My preference is s
    till to have the students start after Labor Day, as they used to.

    • AM

      Timelines and deadlines linked to the new PARCC assessment and other various state mandated evaluations for teachers could be contributing to this shift.

      • just-sayin

        I have an idea…why not make the PARCC assement due dates to…say June 8th and keep the start dates the same? After all, the tests are computer based. Why do they need the due date so early? Only a politician could have a due date in late April and call it an “end of year test”. Good grief.

  • logan

    I miss school

  • kaitlin

    I miss school

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