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District Overview

ABOUT US (Printable Information Packet)

The school district provides complete educational services to over 6,300 students in preschool through 12th grade.  While the district’s high school is nationally recognized, schools at all levels in the district have been recognized by state agencies.  Students are educated in a technology-rich environment at all grades to support 21st century learning skills. The district is enriched through strong community support with no less than thirty five community partners actively supporting students in the schools.

The preschool serves both disabled and non-disabled students in an inclusive classroom setting.  The district has been awarded three state enrollment expansion grants to increase preschool services to additional children. Additionally, the district is partnering with Fairfield County Head Start to provide quality preschool education to more children in the district.  Beginning with the 2016-17 school year, one of our former elementary school buildings will be repurposed for the combined program.

As of January 2017, the district’s elementary construction project will be complete and all kindergarten through 5th grade students will be educated in five state-of-the-art elementary buildings.  Our elementary programs include all day, every day kindergarten, music, visual arts, computer literacy, and physical education.  Gifted students are served in separate classes all day, every day in grades four and five. The program will expand to serve third grade in 2017-18. Individual attention for students is augmented through the use of trained educational assistants working with classroom teachers.  The district employs a social worker for each school to meet the needs of students and their families.   A full spectrum of special education services are provided, with students being served in regular classrooms or specialized rooms based on students’ needs.  All schools offer extended day programs through the school in conjunction with the After School Programs of Lancaster.  The district provides a unique summer school program for students, in which parents are required to attend sessions with teachers and a professor from Ohio University. 

Grades six through eight are educated in the district’s two Junior High Schools.  Both schools offer honors-level classes for gifted and advanced students as well as academic support classes and tutoring for students in need of intervention. The schools provide education in computer literacy, robotics, vocal music, instrumental music, art, world languages, Spanish, and physical education along with a full range of athletic programs.  Special education students are served in regular classrooms that are co-taught by a regular education teacher and a special education teacher, or in specialized rooms based on students’ needs.

All high school students are provided an iPad and are educated at the district’s comprehensive high school located on two campuses.  Lancaster High School offers 13 Advanced Placement courses and honors-level courses for grades 9 and 10.  LHS offers 4 college credit courses and numerous students take courses for college and high school credit at Ohio University-Lancaster, located adjacent to the high school.  Academic support classes and tutoring programs are provided for students in need of additional support.  A full spectrum of special education services are provided, with students being served in regular classrooms co-taught by a regular education teacher and special education teacher, or in specialized rooms based on students’ needs. 

Lancaster High School provides a rich array of educational options for students.  LHS offers two STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs, 12 Career and Technical education programs, and elective courses in all academic subject areas.  A full range of programs in vocal music, instrumental music, visual arts, performing arts, foreign language, and athletics are provided as classes and/or extra-curricular activities.  Alternative educational options are provide for students through the school’s online academy or through the career-based intervention program.

The Lancaster City Schools district has had numerous schools recognized for excellence in education over the past ten years.  Our preschool is rated five stars, the highest possible rating by the Ohio Department of Education and Job and Family Services.  Three of our elementary schools have been recognized as Hall of Fame Schools by the Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators.  Two elementary schools, one junior high school, and Lancaster High School have all been recognized as Schools of Promise by the Ohio Department of Education. In addition to being recognized by the state as an excellent school, Lancaster High School is a nationally recognized high school, having been awarded a Bronze Rating by the US News and World Report.