2022 Quality Profile

Academic Achievement

Sycamore Earns 5-Star Ratings

  •  District Earns 5-Stars On All Five Components of the 2022 Ohio School Report Card

    The Ohio Department of Education uses data reported by districts and schools to analyze performance in several categories. The types of data are collected into six components. The components are Achievement, Progress, Early Literacy, Gap Closing, Graduation, and College, Career, Workforce and Military Readiness. With the exception of the College, Career, Workforce and Military Readiness Component, the components receive 1-5-star ratings based on performance. This helps give Ohio parents and schools a snapshot of the quality of education being provided to students. 

    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐Achievement This component represents whether student performance on state tests met established thresholds and how well students performed on tests overall.

    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Early Literacy This component measures reading improvement and proficiency for students in kindergarten through third grade.

    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Graduation This component looks at the four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate and the five-year adjusted cohort graduation rate.

    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Progress This component looks closely at the growth all students are making based on their past performances.

    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Gap Closing This component measures the reduction in educational gaps for student subgroups.

    College, Career, Workforce and Military Readiness This component looks at how well prepared Ohio’s students are for future opportunities, whether training in a technical field or preparing for work or college.

2023 Niche Report

  • Sycamore Community Schools is proud to be named the 2023 Best School District in Greater Cincinnati by Niche Report. The district and several of its schools have landed in the top rankings by the nationwide ranking site.

    Sycamore Community Schools was named the #1 Best District in the Cincinnati area and the #2 Best District in the state of Ohio. The district was also ranked #51 out of nearly 10,800 districts across America. The district received an A+ grade from Niche, which only 2% of public and private school districts across the country achieve. 

    All four of Sycamore’s elementary schools were ranked in the top 5 of Niche’s 2023 Best Public Elementary Schools in the Cincinnati area, receiving A+ grades:

    • Maple Dale Elementary #1 (#5 in Ohio)

    • Montgomery Elementary #2 (#6 in Ohio)

    • Blue Ash Elementary #3 (#8 in Ohio)

    • Symmes Elementary #4 (#11 in Ohio)

    E.H. Greene Intermediate and Sycamore Junior High made the top 3 Best Public Middle Schools in the Cincinnati area. Sycamore Junior High was named #1 in the Cincinnati area and #4 in Ohio. E.H. Greene was ranked #2 in Cincinnati and #7 in the state. 

    Sycamore High School was named the #5 best public high school in Cincinnati and ranked #8 on Niche’s 2023 Best Public High Schools in Ohio. 

    Niche’s annual rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, and public school district ratings. Niche also grades schools in areas like sports, diversity, and quality of school administration. For more information on the Best School District methodology click here



Sycamore Seniors Receive National Recognition

  • Sycamore Community Schools is proud to celebrate 11 National Merit Semifinalists and three College Board National Recognition Program winners at Sycamore High School. 
     
    National Merit SemifinalistsOur 2022 National Merit Semifinalists are among the top 1% of high school students in the entire country:
    • Joseph Arieta
    • Claire Berlier
    • Connor Christenson
    • Kiera LeLoup
    • Hari Murali
    • Ria Parikh
    • Tara Patil
    • Sophia Roth
    • Sydney Skinner
    • Mara Thomas
    • Jieun Woo
    College Board National Recognition WinnersThe following students received recognition for outstanding performances on their PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, and/or AP exams:
    • Alfredo Colas: National Hispanic Recognition Award
    • Ella Gomez: National Hispanic Recognition Award
    • Ella Wooley: National African American Recognition Award
    • Seth Truter: National African American Recognition Award
vibrant community partnerships

Internship and Career Opportunities

  • During the 2021-22 school year, Sycamore High School students were exposed to over 25 different internship and career opportunities. This includes the following companies:

    • Mathnasium
    • Mercy Fairfield Health Explorers
    • Healthforce MD (TapMD)
    • GE Explorers
    • Kroger
    • Empower
    • Buckabee Brownies
    • Columbus Blue Jackets

    Sycamore Transition Internship Program (TIP)

    Sycamore's Transition Internship Program (TIP) helps prepare students ages 18-21 with disabilities for life after high school. The program helps students learn job and life skills to prepare for their future through job training and work study opportunities.

    Giving Back

    Our students also gave back to our local community, serving over 12,500 hours through National Honor Society and other various service clubs. 

Sycamore Bridges

  • Sycamore Bridges celebrated its third anniversary this school year. The non-profit organization advocates for students and their families who are in need by engaging our community via a "campaign for kindness" to fill those needs. Since launching three years ago, Sycamore Bridges have fulfilled over 279 needs, with over $287,000 in giving. 

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excellence in operations

Master Facility Updates

  • E.H. Greene Intermediate

    The new E.H. Greene Intermediate opened to Grades 5-6 students in August 2022. The new building features collaborative spaces between team classrooms, two courtyards, a brand new cafeteria, and a Media Center/STEAM space. The old gymnasiums have been renovated and the old cafeteria has been converted into a music suite for our band, orchestra, and choir classes.  

     

  • Symmes Elementary

    The renovations to Symmes Elementary were completed in August 2022. The project included a full renovation of all classrooms, cafeteria, media center, and gymnasium. The gym now includes a stage for performances. The Anne Van Kirk Early Childhood Wing was opened in Fall 2021 to expand Sycamore's preschool program and kindergarten program. 

  • Sycamore Junior High

    Construction continues on the new Sycamore Junior High School. The district anticipates the new Grades 7-8 building will be ready for students for the 2023-24 school year. The new facility will feature large classrooms, a music suite, a new cafeteria and gymnasium, as well as a state-of-the-art theater for performances. 

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  • Sycamore High School

    Renovation work continues at Sycamore High School. The new front entrance of the building is nearly completed. Renovations to the cafeteria, Commons, and the Hub were completed in Summer 2022. New collaboration spaces are already being used by students in the ELA wings. 

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  • sycamore stadiumSycamore Stadium

    Sycamore Community Schools celebrated the grand opening of the brand new stadium at Sycamore High School on September 16. The grand opening marked the first time in school history that a varsity football game had been played on the high school campus. 

    The $6 million project was paid for with a combination of bond issue dollars and private funding. Phase I includes a new 2500+ seat stadium, turf, concession stands, ticketing booth, and a grand entry plaza. The district is currently raising money for Phase II of the project, which includes new home and visitor fieldhouses. If the funding is secured, Phase II will be completed for Fall 2023. To learn more about our Always An Aviator Capital Campaign,

    click here.   

     

Safety & Security

  • Sycamore Community Schools conducted a full-scale active shooter training with local law enforcement in July 2022.

    The district along with Blue Ash Police & Fire, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, Ohio State Troopers, and other local first responders will be going through a realistic, intensive drill at Maple Dale Elementary tomorrow morning.

    Nearly 50 Sycamore staff members volunteered to role play during the event. Officers used blank rounds to make the training even more authentic. Law enforcement had minutes to get inside, identify the threat, and get students and staff out safely. They also practiced the district’s emergency reunification plan for students and families.

    Check out coverage of the training:

    WLWT: Active Shooter Training takes over Sycamore Schools Maple Dale Elementary Campus

    Local 12: Law Enforcement Agencies, EMS go through Large-Scale Active Shooter Training

student centered culture and learning

Mental Wellness

  • School-Based Therapy

    Sycamore Community Schools continues to grow its partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in the 2022-2023 school year. In the past year, our growing team has served over 300 students and families through school-based treatment. Our treatment team includes licensed therapists in each school building as well as a licensed advanced practice nurse practitioner (APRN).

    988 Initiative

    2022 Sycamore graduate Jake Hertzman launched the 988 Initiative in Spring 2022 to raise awareness about the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Check out this Local 12 story about Jake's efforts. 

Portrait of An Aviator

  • Through our strategic planning process, the district has identified the skills, character traits, and social-emotional competencies that students need to succeed in college or career, and life:

    purposeful learner, respectful global citizen, innovative collaborator, dynamic problem solver, empathetic communicator