Our District

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 all grades 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 Tria, 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 24 dual enrollment courses, allowing students to take and earn credit for college level courses while staying at Sidney High School. Additinally, the school offers 10 advanced placement courses. 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.

New in 2013, for the first time since the 1950's, Sidney High School is able to offer 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.

New in 2014, our district has 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 four new courses (two at SMS and two at SHS) of 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. The program will have a complete tier of instruction beginning in 2015.

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 during the 2013-2014 school year:

  • The Class of 2014 earned scholarships totaling $302,535 with a renewal of $911,596.
  • Our Academia team has won the Shelby County title the last seven consecutive years and is ranked in the top 50 in the nation.
  • JV Academia won the Ohio History Bowl.
  • 2014 Seniors Grace Mavity and Tyler Schlagetter were named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program, a prestigious honor presented to the scholastically talented.
  • 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.
  • Logan Shultz, Ian Humphrey and Alex Willman recently joined the ranks of more than 22 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 2015-2016 as a year of opportunity to embrace the changes coming from the Ohio Department of Education, and maintain financial stability, strong leadership, and quality education.

District Mission & Goals