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At the July 19th Board of Education Superintendent Mr. Sotlar announced that the Canal Winchester School District AT THIS TIME would not require masks for the school year, including busing.  Staff and students are more than welcome to wear masks if they choose.  This statement is with the knowledge that if any local, state or federal mandate or requirement is handed down the school district will follow those mandates.  Over the past 18 months we have all learned it is difficult to predict the future.  The district is continuing to keep cleaning and disinfecting practices in place.  Returning to a normal school year with all students in attendance will be a challenge, but continuing to keep safe distance where and when possible will continue.  These practices will vary by building.  The district does anticipate more announcements from the state regarding the school year in the near future.

Empowering All Students for Success

Canal Winchester

Local Schools


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Canal Winchester is a great place to live and raise a family and we believe our school system plays an important role in our community’s success. In Canal Winchester Schools, a great education starts with high quality teachers in the classroom, caring families, and a community that is willing to support the work that we do every day. 
Canal Winchester Local SD has four schools serving the educational needs of over 3000 students in Franklin and Fairfield counties. Our PK-2 and 3-5 buildings share the same campus on Gender Road. The 6-8 Middle School is located on Lithopolis Road and 9-12 HS campus is on Washington St.


Our Mission
Empowering All Students for Success
Our Vision
  • Student learning: Create a culture of learning that enables students to achieve their personal potential.
  • Safety: Provide a safe and secure environment that fosters student learning and growth.
  • Communication: Ensure consistent, two-way communication with all stakeholders to enhance positive relationships.
  • Finance: Generate, allocate, and utilize resources in a responsible, transparent manner to maxiimize educational opportunities for all students.


Giving Back to the Community
Our students and staff participate in a variety of leadership activities and give back to the Canal Winchester community through community service. This, in turn, helps them become responsible, caring, and contributing citizens.
  • Senior to Senior Program: high school students partner with senior citizens in our community through activities like the Senior to Senior Prom and Spring Clean Up here students help seniors with cleaning up their yards and small home maintenance projects.
  • Partnerships with Canal Winchester Human Services: Souper Bowl, Adopt a Family at Christmas, Middle School canned food drive, Thanksgiving baskets, Football food drive, and school supply drives. 
  • Through the Football for Food drive, our district rallies to stock the shelves of the Community Food Pantry run through the Canal Winchester Human Services.  
  • High school students volunteer to participate in a homeless simulation to raise awareness on this issue. They also participate in a clothing driveto support the homeless in Central Ohio.


Our job is to provide opportunities so that today’s students have the skills they need to be successful in careers, college and life. To accomplish this we use STEM, Strategies That Engage Minds, an educational approach for all students in grades K-12 which moves from a typical teacher-centered classroom to a more studentcentered, hands-on approach. STEM has several focus areas:
  • Project Based Learning:  a dynamic classroom
    approach where students gain knowledge and skills by actively exploring realworld problems and challenges and developing solutions.
  • The 4 C’s: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. These are the
    skills our students need today to be successful in life.
  • Career Pathways which include: Health Information, Medical, Business, Pharmacy Technician, CISCO Networking Academy and Risk Management/Insurance. These pathways expose students to relevant coursework and training, such as, business management and marketing, biomedical sciences, and advanced medical terminology, and human body systems.
  • Additionally through College Credit Plus, students can earn both high school and college credit at the same time. Students can earn a certificate after completion of certain courses that give them an
    advantage when applying for jobs after high school.
  • Starting as early as middle school, our school district provides courses and options for students to get a head start on careers or college.

All students will graduate with 21st century skills that prepare them for college or a career. Students will be given choice and flexibility to customize their learning path and will be guided by staff who care about their students and create high expectations for their learning.


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The Class of 2019
  • 288 graduates
  • 27% graduated with the State of Ohio Honors Diploma 
Post High School Placement
  • 76% matriculated to 4-year/2 year college or technical school
  • 15% work full-time 
  • 6% selected military service 
  • 3% undecided on plans 

Advanced Placement (2018-19)

  • 161 students were enrolled in at least one AP course (246 AP courses taken)
  • AP Scholar with Distinction: 4
  • AP Scholar With Honor: 5
  • AP Scholar Students: 10

College Credit Plus (2017-18)
  • 172 students participated in CCP
  • CWHS students earned 1,394 college credit hours between Summer 2017 and Spring 2018

Awards and Distinctions

  • Winchester Trail Elementary was awarded STEAM Designation in 2019
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