Pride. Tradition. Excellence.

Our Community

Over 3,500 students make up Sandusky City Schools. We have a diverse student population and a district rich in pride, tradition, and excellence. Our vibrant city is the heart of vacationland. We are a port community and the county seat of Erie County. With a shoreline stretching 22 miles, it’s no wonder over 25,000 people call Sandusky home.

What Makes Our District Great
At Sandusky City Schools, we require our teachers to engage in professional development activities to not only enhance their skill set but to enrich the learning experience for our students. With the continued support of our community, our 70 million dollar Facilities levy project recently passed at a 57% passage rate with the state of Ohio contributing 64% of the total cost.
 
Recently, “Issue 12” was passed in our Community. Issue 12 is our “Building Better Dreams Facilities Project” that involves building three new elementary schools and making significant upgrades to Sandusky High School’s science labs, auditorium, natatorium, and Sidney Frohman Planetarium. The first of two elementary schools are planned to open in the fall of 2019 and the third in January of 2021.
 
Elementary Education 
Our elementary program starts in Preschool. We are awarded a 5-star rating for our Mills Elementary Preschool program from the Ohio Department of Education. We offer all-day Kindergarten and hold a Kindergarten Camp in the summer for incoming Kindergarteners. A new facility will be opening for our Preschool and Kindergarten students in January of 2021.
 
Our 1st – 6th grade students will also receive new facilities in 2019. We offer elementary athletics and activities programming for our students. Our curriculum utilizes Project-Based learning opportunities and computer labs in every building. Further, students in our district are offered a variety of intervention and special education services.
 
The Regional Center for Advanced Academic Studies (RCAAS) provides gifted services for students of the district. It is the only all-day gifted program in the region. RCAAS begins in the third grade. Call today to have your student tested or to see if they already qualify for entry into RCAAS!
 
Our middle school students are housed at Sandusky High School. This allows for easy access to advanced classes and utilization of high school space for 7th and 8th grade students. Additionally, the location facilitates middle school student participation in athletics and activities.
 
Our SMS teachers are organized based on teams allowing students to work in the same groups with students learning at their pace. Teaming also allows for teachers to collaborate on cross-curricular activities and work with the same group of students all day. Emphasis on data driven instruction for all students is a focus at SMS. Students take quarterly reading and math assessments to measure their individual growth.
 
Project-based learning at Sandusky Middle School provides hands-on project participation and enhanced problem-solving skills. We work closely with iEvolve and have many community partnerships that provide support to our project-based learning tasks.
 
Sandusky High School offers many innovative programs for our 9th – 12th grade students. These programs include Blue Streak University, The Global Internship Experience, The Great Lakes Visual and Performing Arts Academy, Sandusky Digital Academy, Athletics, and Activities. Our programs help SHS students become well-rounded and ready for college, the military, or a career.
 
Blue Streak University is Sandusky High School’s College Credit Plus program. This program allows students to gain college credit while still in high school while saving students and their family money on tuition. An additional benefit of Blue Streak University is the built-in transition process, helping transition students from high school to the demands of college, the military, or a career. 
 
The Global Internship Experience is a program for high school seniors. The Internship program gives students real-world experience in the career of their choice and establishes opportunities for employment after high school. Perhaps the most beneficial aspect of the program is the real-life demonstration to students that their career has a global impact.
 
The Sandusky Digital Academy (SDA) is an alternative high school option available to students. SDA allows flexibility for the student to work, take other classes their schedule would not normally allow and is an option for students who prefer participating in school online. Eligible students are able to participate in SHS athletics and activities. Our graduates earn a Sandusky High School Diploma.
 
The Great Lakes Visual and Performing Arts Academy (GLVPAA) helps students prepare for the competitive world of the arts after high school. The program provides opportunities for students to work with career professionals and gain experience for college. Students learn to be competitive in their chosen field, learn new skills, and enhance their emerging talents.
 
Our mission at Sandusky City Schools is to create an inclusive culture providing special education and health services to benefit students, families, and the community. We are responsible for implementing federal and state laws ensuring educational and civil rights for all students. We provide specialized assistance in developmental areas for students preschool-aged through high school graduation. We proudly offer a Family Resource room at the Board of Education building allowing families to access useful information. 
 
We have approximately 300 Scholar Athletes at Sandusky High School. While student’s number one priority at Sandusky High School is academics, we have very successful athletic programs and highly recognized activities both nationally and locally. Our programs help students learn multitasking and time-management skills enhancing their skill set whether they choose to go to college or start a career. Once students meet eligibility requirements, they may participate in one of the many offered seasonal sports. 
 
Elementary (grades 1-6)
Elementary athletics and activities start in the first grade. Options include flag football, football, cheerleading, swimming, wrestling, soccer, track, volleyball, and orchestra (depending on grade level). 
 
Middle School (grades 7-8)
Students can choose from a variety of athletics and activities in grades 7 and 8. Arts, music, sports, Academic Challenge, Gentleman’s Club (community service), Swan Club, Litwits Book Club, and more.
 
High School (grades 9-12)
Once eligibility requirements are met, students are able to participate in various sports and
activities. Students can participate in activities such as Art Club, Drama Club, Academic Challenge, Flag Corps, Future Educators of America, Majorettes, National Honors Society, National Technical Honors Society, Pep Club, Swan Club, United Black Students, Student Council, Band, Orchestra, Choir, Keynotes, A Capella Choir, and Gentleman’s Club. Students may participate in sports such as baseball basketball, bowling, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming, track, tennis, volleyball, and wrestling.
 
The Sandusky Career Center is a program for adults who are seeking a career change, enhancement, or continuing education classes. The Career Center offers a range of certificated short and long-term programs. The Career Center also offers classes in GED, WorkKeys Preparation, English Speakers of Other Languages, basic skills refresher classes, and career planning. 
 
The Sandusky Career Center offers a variety of program options in medical, industrial, office, and computer skills. Programs include the School of Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting and Phlebotomy, Pharmacy Technician, Diversified Office Specialist, Managerial Cosmetology, Sandusky Police Academy, and Facilities Maintenance. 
 
Those who qualify may benefit from financial aid to help pay the cost of books and other expenses. The Career Center also accepts Pell Grants, Direct Loans, G.I. Bill, Ohio Rehabilitation Services, and Ohio Means Jobs. All students must be enrolled in a program with 600 hours or more. 


 

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