The Sidney City School District is located in Sidney, Ohio, a community of approximately 20,000 people located in West-Central Ohio. The Sidney City School District serves the City of Sidney and the Villages of Port Jefferson and Maplewood.
It is in Shelby County along the I-75 corridor between exits 90 and 94, 35 miles north of Dayton. Sidney has a strong industrial base made up of such corporations as Emerson Climate Technologies, Freshway Foods, Energizer, Advanced Composites, Cargill, PlyGem, Honda and many others, which employ over 10,000 people from the area. In addition, Sidney serves as the county seat and is led by a strong city government of seven elected council members and a professional City Manager.
Each of the four neighborhood elementary schools--Emerson, Longfellow, Northwood and Whittier--serve students in grades kindergarten through fifth, with the exception of Emerson Elementary which only serves students kindergarten through fourth grade. Sidney Middle School serves students in grades fifth through eighth. Sidney High School serves students in grades ninth through twelfth. Sidney Alternative School serves students in grades 7-12, with 3 Emotionally Disturbed (ED) classes, an alternative school class for students with severe behavior issues, and a transitional alternative school class to prepare students with moderate behavior issues to transition back into general education classroom environments.
Our district is made up of approximately 3,500 students, 7 schools, 200 teachers and 200 classified staff such as aides, custodians, bus drivers, cooks and secretaries. Additionally, each school has a security officer and trained emergency response team for student and staff safety.
The district began offering all-day kindergarten in 2012. Reading and language assessment results in kindergarten have since shown significant improvement over previous years when kindergarten was only a half day.
In addition to a quality education, the Sidney City School district is proud to offer students more than seventy extra-curricular activities. Starting as early as fifth and sixth grade, we offer our students a variety of boys, girls, and co-ed sports like football, basketball, soccer, wrestling, baseball, fastpitch, tennis, cross country, track, bowling, volleyball, and swimming & diving. Additionally, we provide our students the opportunity to become members and leaders of clubs like National Honor Society, Mock Trial, Academia, Muse Machine, FCCLA, FFA, Student Government and more. Students may also choose to become involved in our highly successful music program by taking band, choir, or orchestra, or trying out for the high school musical which also invites seventh and eighth grade students to become involved.
Sidney High School offers its students more than 20 college credit plus and advanced placement courses, allowing students to take and earn credit for college level courses while staying at Sidney High School. The greatest benefit both of these options provides students is that many are able to graduate high school with enough credits to enter into college as a sophomore or junior.
In 2013, for the first time since the 1950's, Sidney High School offered a vo-ag program. Our unique program revolves around the growing food science and technology industry - one that is especially growing within the Sidney/Shelby County community. With companies like Dannon, Freshway Foods, Agrana, Cargill and more here in our community, we feel our vo-ag program will better prepare our students to go into the high-demand field of food science and technology.
In 2014, our district partnered with the Workforce Partnership Program to introduce our middle school and high school students to 21st century work skills through Workforce Academy. The objective of the Workforce Academy is to better prepare our students for the world of work – whether be advanced schooling or job readiness. On-site visits to businesses, job shadowing, and gaining awareness of the range of opportunities for employment and community service within Shelby County will all be a part of the curriculum of this pilot program for the county and state. We’re very excited about the growth of this program and the feedback we’ve received from the business leaders within the community. In 2016, the program expanded to include the RCI Academy, an advanced, hands-on Workforce Academy class which introduces students to quality control, safety, statistics, blueprint reading and maintenance. This course allows for work release or job shadowing and introduces students to real job opportunities within our community.
Our students have access to programs, activities, and services that allow them to achieve success in the classroom, on stage, at the game, and in the community. We are proud of our many curriculum offerings, as well as the great accomplishments of our students. Listed are a few of the many great accomplishments of our students in recent years:
- The SHS Class of 2017, to date, has been awarded a one-year total of $386,267, with a potential four-year total of $1,459,900.
- Our Academia team has won the Shelby County title the last nine consecutive years and is ranked in the top 50 in the nation.
- 2015 Senior Jack Martin was named a Finalist in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program, an honor earned by less than 1% of high school seniors nationwide.
- Rachel Trudeau recently joined the ranks of 30 previous SHS students as state winners of the American Legion Americanism and Government test.
The success of our students is a reflection of the quality of education our staff continues to provide. Our teachers’ continued efforts to embrace and implement new programs and state mandates are the reason why our district is able to make progress. The district looks to the future as it embraces the everchanging landscape of education and as well as maintaining financial stability, strong leadership, and quality education.
Below are links to governement, service and other community organizations. (Please note: Sidney City Schools is not responsible for content on these sites. The district does not necessarily endorse the views expressed or the data and facts presented on these sites.)
City of Sidney
Sidney Visitors Bureau
Sidney-Shelby County Chamber of Commerce
Western Ohio Development Council
Shelby County United Way
Shelby County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Sidney-Shelby County YMCA
Shelby County Historical Society