Columbus City Schools back in session

The more than 51,000 CCCS students were back to class Wednesday. (WSYX/WTTE)

Ohio's largest school district was back to class Wednesday.

The more than 51,000 Columbus City Schools (CCS) students were encouraged to share their first day back on social media using #FirstDayCCS.

CCS shared first-day selfies on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The new school year brought several new academic initiatives and programs.

All 7th-graders (approximately 3,300 this year) will have the opportunity to take career-oriented computer engineering courses to learn computer code, and how to design their own computer games for use on tablets and cell phones.

The newly-constructed buildings, Ecole Kenwood French Immersion School and Columbus Spanish Immersion Academy, opened with shared learning spaces, and new technologies to connect students with each other and the world.

Northgate reopened as Northgate Intermediate School, the district's only Intermediate School. The school serves 4th and 5th-graders from nearby Alpine and Avalon Elementary Schools.

A new transportation center in the former Moler Elementary School building will allow the district to better serve students and families with a modernized and centralized operation. The center transports 37,000 students to and from school each day.

Expanded mentoring efforts will provide all freshmen and seniors in CCS high schools an opportunity to connect with college counselors and caring adult-volunteer mentors. Mentoring efforts will also expand in three middle schools (Columbus City Preparatory School for Boys, Sherwood and Yorktown).

The District will open the new Linden-Park Neighborhood Early Childhood Education Center in October. A new partnership with the City of Columbus housing a blend of updated, kid-friendly classroom space for multiple Pre-K service providers: CCS and local partners.

Columbus families and community supports were given new access to news, information, and district data through the updated Digital Dashboard on the website and the new Columbus City Schools mobile app (iPhone/Android).

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