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Athens City School District
The schools within the Athens City School District are committed to providing opportunities for academic success, personal growth, and accomplishment. The district's enrollment consists of more than 3,000 students enrolled in five kindergarten-grade 6 elementary schools, a middle school for grades 7-8, and a comprehensive high school housing grades 9-12.
Students at all levels in the system score above the national average on standardized tests. Many students have been recognized for their accomplishments at the local, regional, state, and national levels, with 54 National Merit Finalists coming from the district in the past 15 years. Two of the district's elementary schools were named "Hall of Fame" schools by the Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators, with a third named as a runner up. The North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools accredits the high school.
A variety of programs and services are offered which supplement the learning experience. Offered are a pre-kindergarten program, after school enrichment programs, home school instruction, a "latchkey" program for elementary students, vocational programs, and programs for high ability students. Special education programs are available for students that may be developmentally handicapped, hearing impaired, multiple handicapped, severe behavior handicapped, or learning disabled.
The extracurricular program covers a wide variety of sports and activities that provide students with opportunities toexpand their skills, develop leadership abilities, and broaden their experiences socially and in the community. In the elementary schools, students may join the student council, vocal and instrument music groups, and after school recreation programs. At the Athens Middle School, there are a number of team sports and activity clubs, as well as opportunities in student government.
Extracurricular activities at Athens High School are extensive. There are 28 sports and 18 activity clubs, along with cheerleading, chorus, and band. The school is a frequent winner of the All-Sports Trophy, recognizing excellence in interscholastic league sports.
Alexander Local School District
The Alexander Local School District serves the communities of Albany, New Marshfield, and Shade. The district is comprised of a single Pre-K through 12 complex located on a 40-acre site opposite Lake Snowden on Rt. 50/32 and currently has approximately 1627 students. The High School serves approximately 600 students in grades 9-12, while the Middle School serves approximately 400 students in grades 6-8, and the Elementary School consisting of grades PreK-5 has enrollment of approximately 800. The district encompasses approximately 169 square miles. Daily transportation involves routing 28 buses throughout the district.
A variety of supplemental learning programs are offered throughout the district, including a Title I reading program, and a program for talented and gifted students. Also offered are special education programs for students who are developmentally handicapped, hearing impaired, learning disabled, multiple-handicapped, or preschool handicapped.
Extracurricular programs at the elementary and middle school include student council and vocal and instrumental music. At the junior high and high school level, students can participate in a full slate of athletic teams, along with opportunities in music, band, student government, and a host of academic clubs.
Federal Hocking Local School District
The Federal Hocking Local School District serves students from preschool through grade 12 at the following schools:Coolville Elementary, Amesville Elementary, Federal Hocking Middle School, and Federal Hocking High School. The schools offer a variety of programs designed for students needing special assistance or an extension of the regular curriculum. Offered are programs for specific learning disabilities and developmentally handicapped classes, as well as Chapter One classes for students needing help in reading and math. A talented and gifted program is available, beginning in the fourth grade, for academically advanced or artistically gifted students. Students at Federal Hocking have the opportunity to develop in the arts as well. Vocal and instrumental music programs are available, as well as an extensive art and physical education program.
Students in the elementary schools are encouraged to participate in the learning process through "hands-on" activities and materials. The middle school curriculum is designed to involve parents and community members in a theme-based approach to learning. The high school is planning a program where teachers and students work together planning related areas of study.
Athens only private Christian schools, Grace Preschool and Grace Academy Christian School are a nondenominational school for students in preschool and kindergarten to grade 6. The mission for the academy is to provide a quality education from a Biblical worldview, encouraging students to develop moral character in a Christian atmosphere. Classes feature clustered grades, allowing for both maximum teaching flexibility and student progression to the next level as aptitude permits. The traditional curriculum offers courses in English grammar, reading, writing, and spelling; mathematics and sciences; history and geography; foreign language, music, and art; and recreation.
Meigs Local School District
The Meigs Local School District is comprised of a Primary Elementary School (kindergarten to 2nd grade), an Intermediate Elementary School (grades 3-5), a Middle School (grades 6-8), and a High School (grades 9-12).. The district offers the full range of special education programs and participates in the post-secondary options program, allowing high-ability students that are accepted to area colleges to attend classes free of charge.
Students enrolled in the district can take advantage of an array of extracurricular activities, including at least 17 clubs and organizations, 12 athletic teams at the high school level and a marching band. The middle school enjoys at least 10 clubs and organizations and 8 athletic teams.
Nelsonville-York City School District
The Nelsonville-York City School District serves northern Athens county representing the communities of Nelsonville, Buchtel, Carbon Hill, Murray City and Ward Township of Hocking County. The district is made up of one, comprehensive elementary school for pre-school-grade 6, a junior high school for grades 7-8, and a high school for grades 9-12. The North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools accredits the high school. High school students have the option of attending Tri-County Joint Vocation High School to study a variety of vocational programs.
Tri-County Joint Vocational High School
Hands-on training is provided for high school students on the Tri-County Joint Vocational School campus in Nelsonville. Tri-County also offers 14 satellite programs that serve eight school districts. Full and part-time offerings are provided for adults, including many continuing education programs. Customized training programs are also developed to meet the needs of business and industry.
Located in Athens, Ohio, Ohio University provides the resources and advantages of a major university, yet it has the warm, friendly atmosphere of a much smaller school. Students are drawn to Ohio University for its highly regarded academic programs and for its quaint charm.
The heritage of Ohio University goes back to the 18th century and the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, which included a provision for establishing a public institution. The university was founded in 1804, when Ohio still was a part of the Northwest Territory. The campus spreads over 1,700 acres of beautifully planted grounds, with many large trees, brick walkways, and historical buildings adding to the charm.
Ohio University offers a full range of baccalaureate programs--students can choose from 276 majors in nine undergraduate colleges. Graduate programs are offered in most of the major academic divisions and doctoral programs in selective areas. There are more than 26,000 students at the Athens campus, with another 8,000 students enrolled at Ohio University's five regional campuses in Chillicothe, Ironton (Southern), Lancaster, St. Clairsville (Eastern), and Zanesville.
The university was recently cited by The John Templeton Foundation as one of the top ethics and character building institutions in the country, exceeding in number and depth of programs such universities as Princeton, Dartmouth, and Yale. Residents in Athens County can take advantage of the many recreational options that fill the university's calendar anually, ranging from plays and art exhibitions to lectures and sporting events.
Learning is enhanced where nature meets technology on the 1,600-acre Hocking College campus in Nelsonville. Hocking is a two-year institution offering associate degrees or certificate programs in more than 35 technical areas. Included are programs in business, technology, health, hospitality, natural resources, and public safety.
Programs offered at Hocking College are one-of-a-kind in Ohio, the U.S., and, in some cases, the world. Whenever possible, students are taken out of the classroom and put into real-world situations. Instruction can also be tailored to meet a student's schedule and lifestyle, with evening and online classes available.