About the Foundation

The Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation was created in 2013 to serve the district as a long-term, sustainable funding source. Its purpose is to raise and distribute private dollars to support important programs and offerings for students.

The seed for the formation of a school foundation was planted in 2010. Like all school districts across Ohio and the country, the economic downturn had impacted our bottom line. While the Board of Education and district personnel worked together to identify more than $1 million in budget cuts and cost savings, there’s more we can do.

After a year-long investigation, members of a philanthropy advisory committee, comprised of community members, overwhelmingly supported the creation of a foundation. In May 2013, the community’s vision became a reality when the Ottawa Hills Local Schools Board of Education approved the first Board of Trustees and a code of regulations for the Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation.

"We Moved Here for the Schools"

Many, many people say they moved to Ottawa Hills “for the schools.” Our community is very aware of the correlation between a high-performing school district and housing values. The Foundation is the vehicle through which the community can continue to assure our schools provide the rigor and educational experiences that reflect a high-performing district, keeping Ottawa Hills an attractive community in which to live and raise families.

Today, Ottawa Hills Local Schools serves nearly 1,000 students in grades K-12 with the support of outstanding faculty and staff.

2015-16 district performance highlights include:

Made history as the first school district in Ohio to earn all A’s on the district report card and individual building report cards issued by the Ohio Department of Education.

Ranked the #1 high school in Ohio and the #45 high school in the United States by Newsweek.

Awarded a gold rating by U.S. News and World Report, one of only 19 high schools recognized in Ohio.

Honored by the College Board as one of 425 school districts in the U.S. and Canada to be placed on the 6th Annual AP District Honor Roll.

Received the Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education.

Named a Hall of Fame School by the Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators, one of only seven elementary schools in the state to receive this honor.

Class of 2016 offered 158 scholarships from 166 universities and other sources valued at $8.7 million.

Students in grades 3-12 placed in the highest levels of accelerated and advanced on 75% of Ohio achievement tests in reading, writing, math, social studies, and science.

Almost 9 of 10 junior and senior high school students participated in extra-curricular activities, with 12 junior high clubs and 12 junior high athletic teams, 22 high school clubs and 30 high school athletic team.

Ninety-three percent of high school students participated in volunteer activities outside of the school day.

Finally, the Ottawa Hills Local School District enjoys a strong partnership with residents of the Village of Ottawa Hills, benefitting from an unparalleled level of financial support. The proof: voters have approved 94 percent of all levies and bond issues presented to them since 1949.