About

Akron Public Schools (APS) enrolls more than 21,000 students and employs 3,000 teaching and non-teaching professionals in Northeastern Ohio. The district, one of the state's largest and most diverse, covers 62 square miles in a city of 195,000. APS educators are committed to rigorous teaching and learning, safe learning centers, and community engagement to prepare young people to be well rounded and ready for the challenges of learning that follow in life. The goal of APS is to be the #1 urban school system in the United States.

As a Ford NGL-designated community, APS is transforming all of its high schools to College & Career Academies infused with the high expectations and academic rigor of college preparatory academic programs with the real-world relevance and rigor of career technical education. The academy and pathway selected by each student leverages an area of personal interest and integrates it with core academic knowledge in a small learning community infused with community and business involvement.

The district features:

  • Nine high schools (including three high school CLCs)
  • Nine middle schools (including seven middle school CLCs)
  • Twenty-seven elementary schools (including 24 elementary school CLCs)
  • Two dedicated preschool buildings and nine preschool programs at various elementary schools
  • Specialty schools

Akron Public Schools offers unique programs designed for every student.

  • Preschools in several elementary schools
  • Free all-day kindergarten
  • Free breakfast and lunch for all students
  • Customized educational opportunities designed to fit each student's needs
  • Special education
  • Gifted programs
  • Specialized programs in visual and performing arts
  • Two dedicated STEM schools (high school and middle school)
  • AkronReads tutoring program
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Pre-engineering
  • 30+ College and Career programs
  • College & Career Academies of Akron
  • Dual degree programs - earn a high school diploma and college credit at the same time; for example, Akron Early College, nationally recognized and ranked, allows for dual degrees from APS and The University of Akron (associates degree) upon high school graduation

Community Learning Centers

Community Learning Centers (CLCs) provide students and Akron area residents with places to learn, gather and connect both during and after the school day. CLCs are schools by day and community learning centers by night and on weekends.

The Akron Community Learning Centers project started in 2003 and is an aggressive $800 million plan to remodel or rebuild all Akron Public School District school buildings. Thirty-three buildings are complete, one is in the design phase and two are in construction.

Akron Public Schools schedules programs during the school day. The City of Akron schedules the buildings after school hours.

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