Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School

546 Jack Gibbs Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 365-6681

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 654 students 19 students/teacher (OH avg is 18)

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About this school

Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School is a public high school in Columbus. The principal of Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School is Mr. Milton V. Ruffin, who can be contacted at 654 students attend Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. 100% of the 654 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 68% are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School is 19:1. Fort Hayes Career Center is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 80% 57%
Hispanic 3% 8%
Multiracial 2% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 13% 27%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Asian 1% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 68% 79%
Economically disadvantaged 100% 98%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Great School. It's a lot of work but it is High School so you know. The teachers are very helpful. Heck it's only been 8 weeks and I've learned quite a lot. Very easy to get lost but teachers or staff are very helpful.

  • (1 year ago)

    Fort Hayes High School is the ultimate contradiction. They preach a self satisfying message of creation hard work and college readiness but then continuously take measures to work against this. The teachers are a sole bright spot in this otherwise piss poor institution. The problem is Fort Hayes forces them to set the bar extremely low. I currently take two AP classes both of which have been forced to slow the curriculum down to a crawl in order to appease the majority of students who can not for the life of them grasp the material. In my AP Government class such questions like "What is the electoral college?" and "What is a Democrat?" are frequently asked and my teacher is forced to slow down the class to cover basic material rather than preparing us for the AP exam. There is a reason why 48% of kids take the exam at Fort Hayes and only 17% pass they let anyone into the classes without any type of requisite. There is absolutely no standard of excellence being set at this school so far as I can tell. The administrators are self serious condescending pretentious and are not taken seriously by the faculty in most cases they are mocked by the teachers in class. DONT GO!

  • (2 years ago)

    this school has no sports it is just a school with all talk no work gets done.Do not send your kids here!

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a graduate from Fort Hayes. I graduated in 2011. The attention I got from the teachers and staff there definitely changed my course in life to a much more positive path by opening my mind to new ideas by using the arts. I was always involved in some sort of club or activity that kept me focused and motivated to have a successful high school career leading into a successful college career. I am now at on of the top private art colleges in the U.S. If it wasn't for Fort Hayes and the amazing teachers who sheltered me and cared I wouldn't have found my calling for the arts.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is going to be my 3rd year at Fort Hayes and I still love it. A lot of people complain that the workload is too much or that the teachers aren't good but honestly they don't realize how lucky they are. For being a public school the arts are good (especially the acting and dance programs) the teachers in generally try their hardest and the principal tries to bring as much diversity and opportunity to all of us as he can. If you or your child is interested in the arts as well as a good education I would highly recommend scheduling a tour or looking into the Fort.

  • (5 years ago)

    To the student who reviewed before me welcome to high school. It's a college prep school so of course there's a lot of work. You just have to be responsible enough to get it in. Otherwise you'll be eaten alive your first year (that is if you even plan on it). And it is definitely not boring. If you got involved more you would see this school has a ton of fun stuff. My only complaint is the principal and the assistant principal who show arrogance when it comes to mentioning the school.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is the most boring school i have ever been at they just shove work at you and if you miss something your grade goes down 2 grades so they are mean and strick!

  • (6 years ago)

    arts based college prep high school. great program great teachers.

  • (6 years ago)

    Fort Hayes is a wonderful arts-based school with extraordinarily talented students committed teachers and it is a centerpiece of the urban Columbus community. I am proud to be a volunteer there and love what I learn every time I go.

  • (6 years ago)

    Education program is definitely geered to help children succeed

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a student at fort Hayes high school and it one of the best school in Columbus Ohio. With ever school there are its ups and downs but overall the ups outweigh the bad. Fort Hayes is for the art student or the academic student. If your child is not into the arts or a higher level of learning it s not for them. Teachers are hard but caring and will help your child find their own way.

  • (7 years ago)

    Horrible. No parent-to-teacher communication. My calls are never returned and I don't feel that my presence is welcomed when I make visits to the school. I have always been involved with my children and every school they have attended until this school. When my first child arrived at Fort Hayes he had excellent teachers and an excellent principal by graduation I was ashamed to even have Fort Hayes on his diploma.

  • (7 years ago)

    Ft Hayes Arts and Academic High School was rated one of the top schools in America by U.S. News and World Report. We received Silver the same as CAHS and above many suburban schools. We are an outstanding program for students that attend for the right reasons - this is an Arts and Academic High school and our Extra-curricular programs are curricular and these art programs have won many local state national and international award. This is not a school for students that do not want to be involved in the arts. Hundreds (around 800) of students apply for 175 9th grade positions.

  • (8 years ago)

    I graduated from Fort Hayes in 2002. That was under a different principal so I don't know about how it is now but when I went it was THE BEST high school in Columbus. The teachers are without a doubt the best. They are passionate about their subjects and their students. It has the highest standards in the district so a lot of kids leave after the first year because they can't handle it. It is not a good place for uninteresting kids either. The student has to be interested in Art or Music or Drama or Architecture or else they won't fit in and make friends. Unless you want to pack up and run for the suburbs send your kids to FHHS! Note There is a difference between Fort Hayes Arts and Academics High School and Fort Hayes Career Center. Know the difference when researching or talking about the school.

  • (8 years ago)

    It is awful sure not sending my child for this school.Very bed experience as a parent and principal and communication with teacher never responds to calls.

  • (9 years ago)

    I think enrolling my child into Fort Hayes was one of the worst decisions I have ever made. I can never get in touch with the teaching staff or the principal Mr. Ruffin. I never know what my child assignments are because most of the teachers don't participate in Edline. My child is once again failing and even though I call the school I can not get a teacher to return my so that I can find out where my child is going wrong!

  • (9 years ago)

    Fort Hayes MEC High School is an inviting safe place for kids to learn. There is a large diversity there between the teachers and students. The students have the opportunity to be involved in clubs that teach discipline and they also have clubs that teach tolerance for other genders sexuality races and so on. The teachers at Fort Hayes are very friendly people. They strive to help you achieve your goal the problem students have with them is that they do not tell you the answer because that's not what they're there for. they are there to teach and help students and that's what they do. Fort Hayes is a wonderful school for any and all students.

  • (9 years ago)

    Wiley is a great school for learning languages. From Kindergarten to second grade it is a wonderful school. However third grade on up it is really lacking strong teachers and in particular math. Also the great feeling of internationalism is not injected into the arts nor the music. This makes for a very dull school as the children get older.

  • (9 years ago)

    Horrible communication with teachers. I have asked and asked to have communication with the teachers becasue my child tends to slack in turing assignements and no matter how much i plead the teachers will not warn me when my child is unsuccessful. I am not the only parnet struggling with the schools communications.

  • (10 years ago)

    This is a good school. It provides many career opportunities for those into the arts while stressing academic achievement as well. This is a successful school.

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