Dear Bulldog Community,
Welcome to Olmsted Falls City Schools! OFCS is committed to providing our students with a comprehensive “Triple-A” experience, which develops and fosters their Academic, Artistic and Athletic growth. We believe in and take great pride in the academic and extra-curricular performances of our students. We are committed to the development of the whole child. We believe the essential question is: In what ways can we best prepare our students to be leaders for a future that is fast-changing, digital, and global?
It’s hard to believe that the first quarter of school is complete. Fall is quickly coming to an end and we are heading towards the holiday season. While it will be cold outside, the school district has plenty of events for our Bulldog Community to enjoy including our winter athletics, our musical programs and much more. You will be amazed by the display of talent and dedication from our students and staff. We greatly appreciate the support from our parents and community.
The first quarter of the school year has been a challenge in many ways. Unfortunately, we were not successful with our attempt to secure resources to address our high school overcrowding that presents several safety and security issues for students and staff. The voting data was recently released and we will work with our Board of Education and stakeholders to determine why the bond failed and what our next steps should be. The reality is that high school enrollment will continue to increase and we already have 900 students taking classes in our modular trailers. Our high school overcrowding, safety and security issues aren’t a prediction for the future—they are now.
From an academic perspective our school district continues to be a leader in the State of Ohio. Our students continually perform well on state assessments due to a motivated and engaged student body, solid parental support and a high quality educational experience in the classroom provided by our faculty and supported by classified staff, administration and Board of Education.
As a school district, we’ve been able to successfully define what high quality instructional pedagogy looks like, develop our staff around these focused concepts and build a successful, child-centered and focused instructional program that serves as a solid foundation from PreK through 12th grade. Students from the Olmsted Falls School District do well on the current student achievement and growth measures for a reason—we don’t teach to the test, we test what we teach. As we continue down the road towards the implementation of the Common Core Standards (ELA and Math) and Ohio’s College and Career Readiness Standards (Science and Social Studies), our students’ problem-solving and critical thinking skills will be stretched.
You and your children are in one of the best school districts in the State of Ohio and, with your on-going assistance, we will make it even better.
Dr. Jim Lloyd, Superintendent