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Lifelong Learning

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A culture of lifelong learning, and exemplary schools and libraries to foster it, are points of pride for Worthington residents and businesses. Worthington’s founding fathers believed a strong public education system was critical to the long-term success of our community, and their high standards are carried on today by the Worthington School District. The district has been recognized by the state, the regional community and many independent third parties as one of the strongest and highest performing school districts in the area.

The average scores of Worthington students on standardized achievement tests of basic skills are consistently between the 70th and 80th percentiles nationally. Results on state proficiency tests are generally among the top 10 percent in the state.

College entrance scores are well above state and national averages, and recent results are among the highest in many years. Nearly 90 percent of district students continue their education after high school. At least three-fourths attend a four-year college or university.

Sports, the arts and community service complement our students’ academic talents. The high schools’ academic and athletic teams, as well as vocal, instrumental music and theater groups, consistently are among the best in the region and state. And, students in service-learning projects perform more than 55,000 hours of community service per year.

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Both the student and community populations in Worthington are diverse and well-educated. There are 32 native languages spoken in homes, and 79 percent of residents have an advanced education; 49 percent with a four-year degree or higher, and 30 percent with an associate’s degree or one to two years of college courses.

Complementing the school curriculum and supporting lifelong learning is the award-winning Worthington Libraries system. Founded in 1803 as a subscription library serving 100 people on the Ohio frontier, Worthington Libraries has grown to become a nationally recognized library system and one of the busiest libraries in the state. In 2007, Worthington Libraries received the national Library of the Year award.

Worthington Libraries provides service to nearly 60,000 residents in the Worthington School District through three state-of-the-art facilities: Old Worthington Library, Northwest Library (jointly operated by Worthington Libraries and the Columbus Metropolitan Library) and Worthington Park Library. The library’s website, www.worthingtonlibraries.org, serves as its digital location and link to many premium research resources. Library staff plans more than 1,000 programs and outreach events each year — for everyone from babies to seniors, to teens and business people. The Libraries are frequent partners with Worthington Schools, the City and the Chamber in the presentation of programs and the development and promotion of library services.

Other Educational Resources Two notable private schools also serve Worthington families. St. Michael School, a private parochial school established in 1954, has grown to more than 500 students in grades K through 8. The faculty is comprised of 19 homeroom teachers, classroom aides in grades K-3, and specialists in Spanish, library, technology, physical education, music, art and band. The school achieved national recognition in 1988, receiving the U.S. Department of Education’s “Exemplary School Award.”

Founded in 1973, Worthington Christian Schools offer a rigorous K-12 academic program which ranges from enrichment/intervention programs at the elementary level, to Advanced Placement classes and internship opportunities at the high school level. In 2011, WCS scored in the top tier of all schools in the Columbus area in Ohio Graduation Test results. The kindergarten and middle school are located at 8225 Worthington-Galena Road in the Early Childhood Center at Grace Polaris church, and grades 1-5 are at 50 Westview Ave., Columbus. Administrative offices and Worthington Christian High School (Grades 9-12) are located at 6670 Worthington-Galena Road, Worthington.

Numerous choices in higher education are available to Worthington residents and businesses. The Ohio State University campus is nine miles from downtown Worthington, and many of Ohio’s fine liberal arts colleges are within a two hours’ drive. Worthington Chamber members enjoy the support of several respected MBA programs and business-focused curricular opportunities, including DeVry University and Keller Graduate School of Management — Columbus North Campus, Ashland University Columbus Center, and the Otterbein University MBA Program.

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