At-a-Glance

Pickerington Schools is home to two high schools, two junior high schools, three middle schools, seven elementary schools, a preschool, and a community school. The district is the 15th largest in Ohio, educating nearly 10,600 students each year.

District Data

Graduation Rates

Pickerington Schools boasts a four-year graduation rate of 96.7%.

The district’s five-year graduation rate is 98.7%.

Source: 2017-18 State Report Card

Graduate Scholarship Dollars Offered to Students

The Class of 2018 was offered at least $19.4 million in scholarships, more than any class in Pickerington Schools history. Since 2007, our graduates reported being offered at least $179 million in scholarship money!

  • Class of 2018: $19.4 million
  • Class of 2017: $13.6 million
  • Class of 2016: $14.3 million
  • Class of 2015: $17.5 million
  • Class of 2014: $14.7 million
  • Class of 2013: $17.2 million
  • Class of 2012: $12.7 million
  • Class of 2011: $17.9 million
  • Class of 2010: $14.1 million
  • Class of 2009: $14.2 million
  • Class of 2008: $10.9 million
  • Class of 2007: $12.5 million
Additional Data

Average daily attendance rate: 93.8%

Students taking ACT: 88.6%

Students taking SAT: 8.8%

Students earning honors diploma: 26.7%

Students participating in AP courses: 50.8%

Students earning AP exam score of 3 or higher: 26.6%

Dual-enrollment credit: 28.3%

Percentage of Class of 2015 entering college within two years: 77.7%

Percentage of Class of 2011 who graduated from college within six years: 48.1%

* Source: 2017-18 State Report Card

Enrollment

2017-18

Total: 10,600

Elementary: 3,790

Middle Schools: 1,653

Junior High Schools: 1,669

High Schools: 3,488

Teachers

2017-18

Total: 679

Elementary: 252

Middle Schools: 110 

Junior High Schools: 111

High Schools: 206

Average years of experience: 13.5

Master’s degrees: 80.5%

Demographics

American Indian/Alaskan Native: 0.2%

Asian/Pacific Islander: 3.7%

Black/non-Hispanic: 24.5%

Hispanic: 5.1%

Multiracial: 7.8%

White, non-Hispanic: 58.6%

Students with disabilities: 14.7%

Economically disadvantaged: 25.2%

English learners: 3.3%

Source: 2017-18 State Report Card

Bullying

Pickerington Schools files semiannual reports on bullying incidents in our schools. The most recent report can be found here:

Community Perception Survey

The majority of Pickerington Schools residents believe the district is headed in the right direction, approve of the job classroom teachers are doing to educate students, and perceive the quality of education being offered as excellent or good.

These are just a few of the results from the school district’s January 2018 resident perception survey.

Presentation to the Board of Education (Begins at 1:30 in video)

2018 Detailed Survey Results (Excel) | 2015 Detailed survey results (RTF)

Regarding the quality of education the district provides, 83.2 percent of respondents said the district is doing an excellent or good job. These responses were nearly identical for those who have children in the district and those who do not.

Fully 73.7 percent approve of the job Pickerington teachers are doing to educate children. This number increases dramatically to 87.6 percent approval among households that have children in Pickerington Schools.

According to the survey results, almost two-thirds of residents said the district was headed in the right direction. This contentment rating increases to 72 percent among parents with children in the schools.

A few other numbers that stood out in the research include:

  • 78 percent of residents believe the district is doing and excellent/good job of preparing students for college and higher education.
  • 82 percent said the district is doing an excellent or good job offering classroom technology.
  • 74 percent said taxpayers are getting a good value for its investment.
  • 75 percent said the district is doing an excellent or good job of offering challenging course options.

Numerous questions in the survey were designed to assess what district residents think Pickerington Schools’ top priorities should be. Top priorities expressed in an unaided question by those taking this survey included academics/education (12%), fiscal responsibility/reduce costs (5.3%), and discipline (7.4%).

Information from community perception surveys is used in a variety of ways. The board and administration assess the data when setting future priorities. Perception surveys also allow the district to gauge how its communities view its progress over time.

Paul Fallon Research performed the phone survey in January 2018. The firm interviewed 300 randomly selected district residents. Some adjustments were made to ensure the pool of respondents reflected the demographics of the district, including the percent of households with children in schools, age, race and political affiliation. The sampling error is 5.65 percent.

History of Pickerington Schools

The legacy of the Pickerington Schools begins with the Ordinance of 1785. This ordinance set aside land for school purposes. At one time, Violet Township was home to 19 one- to two-room schools spread across the township. The bulk of these schools later combined and became the Pickerington Local School District.

The first documented school in the Pickerington area was in 1812. It is believed that the log cabin may have been used for church on Sundays and for school during the week.

In 1815, Abraham Pickering, whom the City of Pickerington is named after, donated a plot of land to be used for educational purposes. The Pickerington School House was built on this land. In 1883, a new two-story, two-room school was built to replace the original building.

Census data shows that in 1895 there were 106 students in Pickerington. Today, the original school site is home to the Pickerington and Violet Township Historical Society at 15 E. Columbus Street.

The Violet Township Board of Education was created in 1905 as the first step in the unification of the area schools. After two years of hard work, a charter from the state was in hand, and the process for financing a building program was in place. Construction of the new Violet Township High School (VTHS) began in February of 1907. The building would have six rooms plus a basement at a cost of $15,000. The VTHS class of 1909 was the first to graduate from this new school with a graduating class of four.

In 1939, Violet Township Schools became Pickerington Local Schools and VTHS became Pickerington High School a year later.

Driven by a dynamic and caring staff, Pickerington Local Schools has grown from a shared one-room school in a log cabin to 14 modern facilities educating more 10,000 students.

Pickerington's first school bus