Jared Kendall
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Like many cities in our series, Columbus, OH, has plenty of highly-rated public schools – they're just overwhelmingly found in the suburbs rather than Columbus proper. For Columbus, most of these highly-rated schools are found to the north and west.

While the northwest portion of the greater Columbus area has the highest-rated schools, it doesn't hold a monopoly on quality. Parents have lots of rental options.

With multiple areas to potentially live, we will use average property rent and school ratings to identify individual properties throughout the area that are our picks to provide the best value for each grade level.

Columbus best schools

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Columbus neighborhoods with the best public schools

Viewing school ratings by neighborhood allows us to find the areas with superb overall schools, rather than just identifying one-off instances of an individually exemplary school. The neighborhoods in the Columbus area are abnormally evenly rated, with an 8-way tie for best neighborhood. These top neighborhoods are found in a line that extends from Hilliard to the northeast.

Columbus best neighborhoods

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Neighborhood Rank Neighborhood Neighborhood City and State Avg. School Rating
1 Crown Ridge Columbus, OH 9.0
2 Hayden Falls Columbus, OH 9.0
3 Northwoods Columbus, OH 9.0
4 Olentangy Columbus, OH 9.0
5 Olentangy High Bluffs Columbus, OH 9.0
6 Polaris Columbus, OH 9.0
7 Polaris North Columbus, OH 9.0
8 Polaris South Columbus, OH 9.0
9 Mill Run Columbus, OH 8.5
10 Scioto Trace Columbus, OH 8.5

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Columbus properties near the best public schools

Having looked at neighborhoods, we now look to find the best individual properties near the best schools at the elementary, middle and high school level. Click on any location circle in our interactive maps to pull up info on properties for that location.

Best apartments near the best elementary schools in Columbus

Columbus best elementary schools

Value is determined by taking GreatSchools ratings and property rent, and seeing where you get the highest rated schools for the money spent.

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Value Rank Property Name Location Avg. Rent Avg. School Rating
1 Pine Crossing Apartments Columbus, OH $740 9.0
2 Hilliard Village Columbus, OH $800 9.0
3 The Residences At Liberty Crossing Columbus, OH $925 10.0
4 Northwoods Columbus, OH $949 10.0
5 Pierpont Apartments Westerville, OH $764 8.0
6 Lake's Edge by Cortland Pickerington, OH $771 8.0
7 The Meadows Apartments Pickerington, OH $775 8.0
8 Cabot Cove Hilliard, OH $884 9.0
9 Tall Oaks Apartments Columbus, OH $595 6.0
10 Ridgewood Hilliard, OH $809 8.0

Best apartments near the best middle schools in Columbus

columbus best middle

Value is determined by taking GreatSchools ratings and property rent, and seeing where you get the highest rated schools for the money spent.

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Value Rank Property Name Location Avg. Rent Avg. School Rating
1 Ridgewood Columbus, OH $809 10.0
2 Mulberry Apartments Hilliard, OH $814 10.0
3 Copperleaf Dublin, OH $812 9.0
4 Annhurst Gahanna, OH $820 9.0
5 Village Gate Apartments Reynoldsburg, OH $843 9.0
6 Scioto Commons Dublin, OH $848 9.0
7 The Village at Appian Way Gahanna, OH $869 9.0
8 Rosebrook Village Reynoldsburg, OH $783 8.0
9 Hunters Ridge Gahanna, OH $812 8.0
10 Madden's Pointe Apartments Columbus, OH $918 9.0

Best apartments near the best high schools in Columbus

Columbus best high schools

Value is determined by taking GreatSchools ratings and property rent, and seeing where you get the highest rated schools for the money spent.

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Value Rank Property Name Location Avg. Rent Avg. School Rating
1 Hamilton Creek Columbus, OH $705 8.0
2 The Ridge At Chestnut Hill Columbus, OH $919 10.0
3 Pine Crossing Apartments Columbus, OH $740 8.0
4 Pierpont Apartments Westerville, OH $764 8.0
5 Cabot Cove Hilliard, OH $884 9.0
6 Hilliard Village Columbus, OH $800 8.0
7 Ridgewood Columbus, OH $809 8.0
8 Mulberry Apartments Hilliard, OH $814 8.0
9 Madden's Pointe Apartments Columbus, OH $918 9.0
10 Residences at Northgate Crossing Columbus, OH $868 8.0
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About The Author

Jared is a Baton Rouge, La.-based freelance journalist focused on, in his words, "finding data, 'interviewing it' and then telling its story through interactive tools and traditional journalism." His past work includes analyzing pension shortfalls, looking at election results, tracking campaign finance contributions and analyzing educational and school system data. Some of his work has previously appeared on The Daily Advocate and unfundedmichigan.org.

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