(WKBN) – The private school system with the most students using a voucher program in the state is based in Youngstown, according to research by Cleveland.com.
This list of private schools includes all of Ohio’s voucher programs, not just EdChoice. For example, vouchers are also given to some students with special needs and autism.
There are 607 students in the Valley Christian school system in Youngstown who are attending through a voucher program — the most in Ohio.
Fifty-seven of those students are part of the EdChoice Expansion program, which is a scholarship program for those below the federal poverty guidelines. In addition, the state is providing funding for 70 of those students through the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship, and 17 students are in the Autism Scholarship Program.
With Ohio’s EdChoice program, if you live in a community with a public school district the state considers to be underperforming, you are given a voucher to send your child to a private school if you choose.
Valley Christian has a kindergarten through 1st-grade school, a 2nd through 12th-grade school and a school for gifted students in Youngstown. It also has a preschool/daycare in Canfield.
Behind Valley Christian, Hebrew Academy of Cleveland came in second with 601 voucher students (86 funded through EdChoice Expansion and 73 through the Jon Peterson program) and Harvest Preparatory School outside of Columbus came in third with 532 (49 with EdChoice Expansion and 6 with Jon Peterson).
Locally, Warren JFK has the second-highest number of voucher students.
Number of Students Using EdChoice Vouchers at Local Private Schools:
Valley Christian School: 463
St. Joseph the Provider in Youngstown: 168 (number provided by the Youngstown Diocese)
St. Christine in Youngstown: 185 (number provided by the Youngstown Diocese)
St. Nicholas in Struthers: 169 (number provided by the Youngstown Diocese)
Ursuline in Youngstown: 157 (number provided by the Youngstown Diocese)
Cardinal Mooney in Youngstown: 110
Akiva Academy in Youngstown: 70
ACLD School in Youngstown: 4
Holy Family in Poland: 39 (number provided by the Youngstown Diocese)
The Montessori School of the Mahoning Valley in Youngstown: 30
Islamic Academy of Youngstown: 6
St. Charles in Boardman: 13 (number provided by the Youngstown Diocese)
John F. Kennedy Catholic Lower School in Warren: 303 (grades K-8… number provided by the Youngstown Diocese)
John F. Kennedy Catholic Upper School in Warren: 60 (grades 9-12… number provided by the Youngstown Diocese)
St. Rose in Girard: 101 (number provided by the Youngstown Diocese)
Victory Christian in Liberty: 29
Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Academy in Warren: 22
Heartland Christian School in Columbiana: 11
East Liverpool Christian School: 14
These numbers do not include EdChoice Expansion vouchers or Jon Peterson and Autism Program vouchers. To see a more detailed breakdown of the number of voucher students in each private school in Ohio, check out the interactive chart on Cleveland.com (Note: There are some discrepancies in the numbers provided by the Youngstown Diocese compared to what was reported on Cleveland.com).