The Grandview Heights City School District is exceptional and offers a tremendous value to the community.

Our mission is to maximize and personalize every student's learning. As you can see in our most recent academic prospectus, our soon to be released quality profile, and the most recent Ohio Department of Education state report card, we are achieving new levels of academic excellence and providing many opportunities for students to grow outside of the classroom as well.

The district's most recent Performance Index score of 106.3 is the highest it has been since the release of the new state report card and is a significant increase from the previous year. This score is the highest of the 16 school districts in Franklin County and the 17th highest of the 608 school districts in Ohio.

Grandview Heights High School is ranked as the 27th-best high school in Ohio by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, 98 percent of our seniors are college-bound after graduation and the class of 2017 accepted more than $3.5 million in merit-based college scholarships.

We are fortunate to offer 16 Advanced Placement courses. During the 2017-18 school year, 165 students participated in 330 total classes. Outside of the classroom, 73 percent of our high school students participate in a sport, 65 percent in music and theater activities, and 48 percent in both. This is all part of a well-rounded education that enables students to explore passions and interests.

In addition to the incredible academic programs, our schools have been smart with our precious resources. We direct nearly 75 percent of the district's daily operating funds into classroom instruction, where they can do the most good. Over the last few years, we have made adjustments that have saved the district more than $100,000 annually in daily operations. We also earned the Auditor of State Award for the third year in a row.

Exceptional opportunities, high levels of achievement and participation, strong fiscal management and an incredibly supportive community: This is why the Grandview Heights City School District truly is a small place to dream big.

Andy Culp is superintendent of the Grandview Heights City School District.