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In Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble Counties

Wright Patterson Education and Academics in Clark Greem Miami Montgomery and Preble Counties

For those moving to a new location, it’s important to know what educational options are available. This chapter outlines the public schools system in Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble counties, along with information about local libraries and higher education. There are private schools, charter schools and home schooling available to children in all counties as well.

To be enrolled in an Ohio school, a child must be at least 5 years old by Aug. 1 or Sept. 30 of the school year, depending on the district. Those wishing to register their child in school should bring the following to the school office: a birth certificate or other proof of the child’s age, the child’s previous school records and immunizations records. Check with the school for additional requirements. Required immunizations for a child enrolling in kindergarten are as follows: four doses of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis; three doses of polio; two doses of measles, mumps and rubella; three doses of hepatitis B; and two doses of varicella. For more details on Ohio’s minimum vaccine requirements for students in grades K-12, please visit the Ohio Department of Education’s website at http://education.ohio.gov.

In 2010, Ohio, along with 42 other states, the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. At present, national Common Core State Standards exist only for English language arts and mathematics, with science and social studies in development, though Ohio has state standards across the full curriculum. For more information, visit www.corestandards.org.


Charter schools are public schools of choice that are tuition-free, serve all students and have open enrollment. For more information or a listing of charter (community) schools in Ohio, visit the Ohio Department of Education’s website at http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Community-Schools.


For an introduction to home schooling in Ohio, visit the Ohio Department of Education’s website at http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Quality-School-Choice/Home-Schooling. Here you will find information on home-school rules and regulations, testing information, home-school curriculum providers and more.

College Credit Plus


Ohio’s College Credit Plus gives students in grades seven through 12 the chance to earn high school and college credit simultaneously by taking courses at participating Ohio colleges or universities. All public colleges and certain private colleges in Ohio are participating. Tuition is free if your home-school student takes classes at a public college. There may be modest fees for private college credit.

Parents Educating at Christian Homes (PEACH)

P.O. Box 39
Alpha, OH 45301

PEACH is a nonprofit Christian organization, dedicated to providing support, encouragement, information and fellowship for home-schoolers in the southwest Ohio area. The group meets monthly during the school year. Visit http://peachhomeschool.org for the current location.


To search for local private schools in Ohio, visit the National Center for Education Statistics website and use the private school search tool at www.nces.ed.gov/surveys/pss/privateschoolsearch. Users may search by location, religious affiliation, school type and more.

Choosing a School

Choosing the right school is very important, so be sure to research each one before deciding. Contact the school by phone or by visiting its website, which is a valuable source for school district statistics and curriculum. Talk to people in the area, especially friends and colleagues who already live there.

If the school shows promise, schedule a visit and bring a list of written questions about student-teacher ratios, computer availability, extracurricular activities, sports programs, music programs, gifted programs and grading standards.

Discuss the potential school with your child: what they like and what they didn’t like. Your family’s ability to readily adapt to a move and to find happiness in your new home may depend, in part, on how happy your children are in their new school.


Beavercreek City Schools

3040 Kemp Road
Beavercreek, OH 45431

The Beavercreek City Schools district has a preschool center, six elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. The district has an enrollment of nearly 8,000 students.

Centerville City Schools

111 Virginia Ave.
Centerville, OH 45458

Centerville City Schools has six elementary schools, three middle schools, one high school and one school that serves grades two through 12. The district has an enrollment of approximately 8,400 students.

Fairborn City School District

306 E. Whittier Ave.
Fairborn, OH 45324

Fairborn City School District has one primary school, one all-day kindergarten campus, one intermediate school, one middle school and one high school.

Mad River Local School District

801 Old Harshman Road
Riverside, OH 45431

Mad River Local School District is composed of four elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and an early childhood center. The district has an enrollment of more than 3,200 students.

Oakwood City School District

20 Rubicon Road
Oakwood, OH 45409

Oakwood City School District has three elementary schools, one junior high school and one high school. The district has an enrollment of approximately 2,140.

Springfield City School District

1500 W. Jefferson St.
Springfield, OH 45506

Springfield City School District has one preschool, 10 elementary schools, three middle schools, one high school and one alternative school. The Springfield City School District serves approximately 8,000 students in preschool through 12th grade in a community of 63,500 residents in west-central Ohio. The dedicated and professional staff includes 490-plus teachers, with approximately 355 support personnel and administrators.

Xenia Community Schools

819 Colorado Drive
Xenia, OH 45385

Xenia Community Schools has one preschool, five elementary schools, one middle school, one high school and one virtual school. The district has an enrollment of more than 4,600 students.

Universities/Higher Education

Wright Patterson Education and Academics Universities Higher Education

Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble counties offer plenty of opportunity for additional education. Central Michigan University, Park University and Embry-Riddle University have offices on Wright-Patterson AFB. Sinclair Community College holds some classes on base. A free, public STEM school — for middle and high school students specializing in science, technology, engineering and math — is a department of Wright State University.

Air Force Institute of Technology

2950 Hobson Way
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433

American National University

1837 Woodman Center Drive
Kettering, OH 45420

Central Michigan University – Global Campus

2130 Fifth St., Bldg. 50, Area B
Wright Patterson AFB, OH 45433

Embry-Riddle University

2130 Fifth St., Bldg. 50, Area B
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433

The Ohio State University

281 W. Lane Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Park University

2130 Fifth St., Bldg. 50, Area B
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433

Sinclair Community College

2130 Fifth St., Bldg. 50, Area B
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433

University of Dayton

300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469

Wright State University

3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
Dayton, OH 45435

The Dayton Regional STEM School

1724 Woodman Drive
Kettering, OH 45410


Wright Patterson Education and Academics Libraries

Public libraries in Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble counties offer learning, recreation, distance education, internet connections and other resources for users — all for free. In addition, school libraries that support the curriculum and offer internet access and other resources are in most public and private schools, and academic and special libraries are found in colleges and universities.

Residents can enjoy and make use of academic and public libraries in Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble counties. Get information about services, hours and events by visiting the branches’ websites. For a full list of libraries in Ohio, visit the State Library of Ohio website at https://library.ohio.gov. The following public library branches are near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Beavercreek Community Library

3618 Dayton-Xenia Road
Beavercreek, OH 45432

Centerville Public Library

111 W. Spring Valley Road
Centerville, OH 45458

Clark County Law Library

101 N. Limestone St., Third Floor
Springfield, OH 45502

Clark County Public Library

201 S. Fountain Ave.
Springfield, OH 45506

Dayton Metro Library

120 S. Patterson Blvd.
Dayton, OH 45402

Dayton Metro Library – Huber Heights Branch

6160 Chambersburg Road
Huber Heights, OH 45424

Dayton Metro Library – Kettering Moraine Branch

3496 Far Hills Ave.
Kettering, OH 45429

Dayton Metro Library – Miami Township Branch

2718 Lyons Road
Miamisburg, OH 45342

Dayton Metro Library – Miamisburg Branch

35 S. Fifth St.
Miamisburg, OH 45342

Fairborn Community Library

1 E. Main St.
Fairborn, OH 45324

Woodbourne Library

6060 Far Hills Ave.
Centerville, OH 45459

Xenia Community Library

76 E. Market St.
Xenia, OH 45385

Yellow Springs Community Library

415 Xenia Ave.
Yellow Springs, OH 45387

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