Kettering is well-known for its quality school system and was named a “Top 100” school district by Money magazine in 1995. Residents of the district are proud of their schools and have continually supported the district, both financially and in a volunteer capacity. The Kettering School District, the second largest in Montgomery County, currently serves about 7,400 students and has enjoyed modest growth in enrollment since the early 1990s.
The school district maintains a tradition of providing excellent educational programming and services. Students at the middle and high schools can choose from among more than 200 courses during their secondary years. With strong gifted, honors, advanced placement and vocational education programs, Kettering secondary schools offer something for every student. The district, likewise, offers a full range of courses at the elementary level, and has one of the finest special education programs in the state of Ohio.
The district has eight elementary schools, serving kindergartners through fifth-graders; two middle schools serving sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders; and a four-year high school. Kettering Fairmont High School is considered a “comprehensive” high school, providing both college preparatory and school-to-work opportunities for students. High school students continually rate in the top brackets on various college entrance and National Merit exams, and more than 100 students have received National Merit Scholarship recognition over the past decade. Currently, about 80 percent of Fairmont’s graduates go on to post-secondary education.