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Educational Options


Parents who reside in Forest Hills School District who wish to Home Educate/Home School their child, should review the Home Schooling Packet, including guidelines.

Parents who wish to request approval to Home Educate/Home School a student who resides in the Forest Hills School District should submit a written request to Nicole Dietrich at the Hamilton County Educational Service Center (the Superintendent’s designee to process requests) at 11083 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45231 or fax 513-742-8339. Questions can also be directed to Joan Lawrence at 513-674-4247.

Per state law, a parent electing to home educate a child must provide the Superintendent with annual written notification. The notification must include certain specific information and assurances concerning the home education program as set forth in State law, the State Department of Education Regulations, and Board Policy AG 9270.


In an effort to meet the needs of a diverse student body, Forest Hills offers Forest Hills Academy to provide necessary support and educational services to all students in grades 7-12 who experience difficulty with a traditional high school setting due to social or academic concerns, attendance issues or medical reasons, among others. The goals of the program are to meet student needs, increase the number of students graduating on time and reduce the district’s suspension/expulsion rate.

Based upon Ohio’s New Learning standards, FHA provides a structured individual and small group setting that combines APEX online learning system with counseling and support services as needed.


The Forest Hills Alternative Evening School is a program offered at the secondary level for students who have had significant attendance issues and/or disciplinary infractions. The program is not intended to be a permanent placement for any student but an intervention to assist students. Often, placement in AES setting may be offered to the student and his/her family in lieu of out of school suspension and expulsion.  


The State of Ohio GED (General Educational Development) Office provides learners who pass the GED test and are at least 18 years old with a Ohio High School Equivalence Diploma, a credential needed in lieu of a high school diploma for postsecondary education and workforce development (students ages 16-17 may also apply for a GED with approved documentation). The State of Ohio GED office will assist learners with the necessary educational guidance and resources to effectively prepare them to take the GED tests. The office will also provide information on the location of approved Test Centers and Practice Centers (including ABLE Preparation Centers), Career Technical Planning Districts in conjunction with the $80 State Voucher, and how to obtain a copy of a official transcript and diploma. Learn more about GED