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Tradition - Vision — Excellence

An Outstanding Place To Learn & Grow

Tallmadge City Schools provide the children of this community with a standards-based academic curriculum in a child-centered learning environment. With the support of the community, the involvement of parents and the dedication of the teaching and support staff, Tallmadge Schools have been able to meet that challenge, making Tallmadge an outstanding place for children to learn and grow.

Best use of personnel and resources

There are now four communitywide schools, in Tallmadge, which include two elementary buildings — Dunbar Primary for kindergarten through grade 2, and Munroe Elementary for grades 3-5, one 6-8 building, which is Tallmadge Middle School and Tallmadge High School for grades 9-12. The organization of buildings by grade level provides students with focused instruction and the best use of personnel and resources. A fifth school, David Bacon, is in use year-round housing the Offices of Student Services and EMIS, a county-run pre-school program serving children with identified disabilities as required by federal law, and a career education academic program to prepare students for work in the field of childcare, nursery school and teacher’s aide positions.  

Academic intervention and enrichment are aimed at helping students to have a successful K-12 experience, preparing them to go on to a two- or four-year college, trade or technical school (and as many as 93 percent of THS graduates do) or to seek a direct path to a career field through the Six District Compact, of which Tallmadge is a member school.  

‘Excellent with Distinction’

The district’s students and staff put Tallmadge on the “map” so to speak for their outstanding achievements in the classroom, on the playing field and in the community. This past year Tallmadge City Schools was rated an “Excellent with Distinction” school district for having met the state indicators on the Local Report Card. The block schedule at the high school, scheduling at the middle school and guided reading for K-1 students have attracted statewide attention and have served as models for other districts. 

The academic success of Tallmadge students is not limited to statewide testing results. THS students have earned AP Scholar honors for their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement exams. The AP program at Tallmadge High School continues to expand, raising the bar for students. Success on AP exams translates to credit and course exemption at the college level.

Tallmadge High School has been recognized for the third consecutive year by U.S. News and World Report with a Silver Award as one of the “Best Schools in the U.S.,” and in 2013, THS received national certification for its “Project Lead the Way” engineering and biotechnical program. Both the high school and middle school serve as models for other school districts in reading comprehension, writing  and math through their cooperative grant,“Minding the Gap,” with Kent State University.

Tallmadge fifth- through eighth-grade teams have dominated the Ohio Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl since its inception 20 years ago. Tallmadge teams consistently place in the top five in this statewide competition and have also figured highly in the national contest.  

Tallmadge students have experienced success in the arts and athletics. Long known as a powerhouse in softball, volleyball and baseball, the Tallmadge football program has become highly competitive in the last few years, winning league and district titles and making it to the final four of the state play-offs. In 2013 the boys cross country team won the Suburban League Championship (first league title in 42 years), and senior Patrick Ferguson won his second consecutive Individual Suburban League Championship and qualified to the OHSAA State CC Tournament where he finished 16 out of 145 runners and was named All-Ohio. Other 2013 highlights: The boys golf team won its fourth consecutive Suburban League Championship; the girls soccer team earned its most wins in school history and were crowned Sectional Champions; as was the girls volleyball team.

On another playing field, the Tallmadge High School Blue Devil Marching Band has earned a berth in the Ohio Music Educators State Marching Band Finals competition for 10 consecutive seasons. The band earned Excellent ratings in 2004 and 2006-08 and 2012; and the highest rating of Superior in 2005, 2009-11 for its performances. In 2011, the concert band performed at the Northeast Ohio Band Invitational at Severance Hall in Cleveland and the THS A capella Choir and Show Choir won first place in the Music in the Parks competition at Cedar Point in Sandusky. Most recently, the Tallmadge High School Show Choir, High Definition, was selected as Grand Champion in their competition category at the Portsmouth Invitational Competition and scored fifth overall in this Tri-State competition.

The Tallmadge High School Visual Arts Program has been honored for individual portfolio entries recognized as silver and gold key award winners in the annual Ohio Scholastic Art Competition. In 2012, more than 30 students qualified for award recognition and in 2011, National recognition was awarded.

Tallmadge staff members have also earned recognition for innovative programs and outstanding teaching. In 2007, the Technology Education program at THS won Northeast Ohio Program of the Year honors. The Tallmadge High School Business, Marketing and Software Technology programs have had district, state and national qualifiers in both their DECA and BPA competitions.  For the past 25 years, business students have qualified and received honors in all representative areas.

The school district received another “clean and unqualified” financial audit in 2013.

The Fourth ‘R’

The district strives to teach students a fourth “R” — responsibility — through numerous service-learning opportunities in the classroom, at the building level and through more than 30 extracurricular clubs and activities, including the newly formed Biomimicry Club. Even the youngest students participate in these efforts — whether it’s collecting loose change for Children’s Hospital or decorating a tree with donated mittens, gloves and scarves for Tallmadge Good Neighbors. In 2013, 15 local families were assisted through money raised by THS students for the Christmas Families program. Tallmadge High School students also contribute to the community through their work with the Lions’ Club, the American Red Cross and the Battered Women’s Shelter. THS was nominated for the Philanthropic Youth Award for its annual contributions to Haven of Rest. Additionally, students were recognized with the Ohio Heart of Relay Youth Award from the American Cancer Society for their efforts in Tallmadge’s Relay For Life. THS students received the Good Citizen Award for helping schools and families in Katrina-stricken areas. Annually, the high school Social Studies students host a Veterans Day Breakfast Program to recognize those who have served in the military. 

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