Enrollment: 3,915 and growing. The student population has doubled since 2003 when the current high school opened.
Many of the district's buildings are over capacity:
- Six trailers have been purchased to make room for more classroom space at the high school;
- Six additional trailers will be purchased for the beginning of the 2015-16 school year to be placed at the middle school
- Some teachers across the district do not have classrooms or space in their classrooms to work with students on an individual basis;
- Hallways are used for learning in some instances;
- and storage rooms are used as makeshift tutoring rooms or places to hold therapy sessions.
Average Class Size (student-to-teacher ratio by grade level):
Kindergarten - Grade 5... 24 students : 1 teacher
Faculty: 416 total staff. Teaching Staff (Certificated*): 252 with an average 7 years of experience; 70% have Master’s degrees and higher. (This includes guidance counselors, media specialists and intervention specialists.)
Support Staff (Classified): 146
Special features of schools/district: The Licking Heights Local School District is located approximately 20 minutes east of Columbus, providing the residents with a small community in semirural environment yet situated close to the major and vibrant state capital. The district is noted as one of the three fastest growing school districts in the state and a leader in the area of academics. Licking Heights was recently recognized as one of the top seven school districts in Central Ohio based on grades earned on the district report card. With a diverse student population speaking 28 different languages, the district focuses on student learning and achievement while looking toward the future as it continues to be recognized as a leader in innovative best practice.
Recognitions: Heights was one of just 7 districts of 49 in Central Ohio to earn all A's and B's on the most recent state report card. The State of Ohio named Licking Heights High School to the list of just 98 elite 2014 Schools of Promise and Battelle gave the district a 2014 SOAR Award for Significant Progress.
Academics: Licking Heights offers three courses of study: Advanced Placement Pathway, Dual Enrollment Pathway, Honors Diploma Pathway, College Prep Pathway and a Career Pathway through Licking County C-TEC. Any student who completes one of these curricula will meet all academic requirements necessary for graduation. School Counseling and library services are offered K-12.
Athletics: As a proud Hornet Nation, we offer 14 varsity sports and 11 competitive sports for middle school students.
- Chinese Program: The Licking Heights Local School District has offered a Mandarin Chinese since its initial pilot in 2012. It currently serves 178 students in grades 7 and 8 and 283 students in grades 9-12. The program has expanded from one visiting teacher to 1.5 district employed teachers and one visiting teacher. The district received the honor of becoming a Confucius Classroom at the 2014 National Chinese Language Conference in Los Angeles. Superintendent Philip Wagner, Ph.D. and Curriculum Director Angel King traveled to China in November as guests of the Confucius Institute and members of the College Board’s 2014 Chinese Bridge Delegation. The district's future goals include adding Levels 4 and 5 and participating in student and faculty exchanges after establishing a “sister” school partnership.
- Gifted: Licking Heights provides self-contained classrooms and cluster grouping to meet the needs of gifted students in grades two through four, and provides advanced courses for students in grades 5 through 12. Accelerated placement is an option available to qualified students in grades K-12.
- Lights Academy & Highlights Academy: Highlights Academy is a new program for current 10th and 11th graders. Students who are able to meet grant requirements may be permitted to travel to an off campus location of the Columbus State Community College. Incoming 2015-16 freshman will participate in Lights Academy by working together to gain college credit while in high school. They will take a first-year introductory course to Columbus State Community College and receive extra support to maintain the needed requirements to become full-fledged students with Columbus State.
- Clubs and Organizations: A number activities are offered to students such as Art Club, DECA, German Club, National Honor Society, Newspaper, Quiz Bowl, Speech and Debate, Student Council, and Student Diversity.
Fine Arts: The Fine Arts program provides students with opportunities to experience both the visual and performing arts. Students’ unique and creative thinking is fostered to develop knowledgeable, self-disciplined, inquiring and motivated individuals. We offer Band and Choir starting in the 6th grade. Students can audition for Marching Band as early as 7th grade. Our high school Choir performed at the famed Carnegie Hall in New York City in early 2014.