Lima City Schools
The Lima City Schools is the largest preschool through 12th-grade public school system in Allen County and the region, serving a diverse population of about 4,000 students. Since 1856, the district has been dedicated to its mission to "create a climate in which every student learns."
Lima Senior High School
Our comprehensive high school offers academic pathways in Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM), Business and Humanities. There is also an undecided option.
Elective options are vast and include Holocaust, Psychology, Sociology, African American History, Philosphy, Web Design, multiple art options and more than 10 vocal and instrumental music options. Dual enrollment opportunties are also available.
The high school also offers a full Career-Technical Education program with automotive, engineering technology, biomedical, culinary, marketing education (DECA), early childhood education, patient care, graphic communications, construction trades and welding.
Students get hands-on experience working in the school’s restaurant, auto garage, graphics shop, Head Start preschool and doing construction work in the community.
DECA Marketing students have consistently qualifed for the international competition, most recently having a project advance to this year's finals in California. The school has had one first-place International winner.
Lima Senior has competed in the NASA Rover Challenge for the past 13 years. Welding and other students design and make human-powered rovers and travel to Huntsville, Ala., to race against schools around the world. Lima Senior is the only high school in Ohio to compete.
The high school also offers a Digital Academy. The option is designed for self-motivated students who would like a format different from the traditional classroom. All their classes are taken online using a standards-aligned curriculum. Needed technology is provided by the school.
The Lima City Schools is made up of four elementary schools, a fifth and sixth-grade building, a seventh and eighth-grade building and two kindergarten through eighth-grade magnet schools.
The neighborhood elementary schools and middle schools offer many opportunities for students. Orchestra starts in the fourth grade and there are many music groups availabe to even the youngest of students.
Our students are involved in K-Kids and Builders Clubs and community service projects. A Careers course at West Middle School gets students thinking about careers and high school course options.
All of the schools have programs and special events to bring families into the buildings to better build relationships with staff. Mentors from the community are also involved with many of our schools.
Our Enrichment Program begins in the third grade and includes additional hands-on projects for gifted students. Students are tested for the program in the second grade. The program goes through middle school.
An Arts Magnet School is located at Liberty and a Science and Technology Magnet School at South. Both are kindergarten through eighth-grade buildings. Both are open to all students, with spots filled through a lottery process each spring.
Arts Magnet students of all ages take art, music, drama and dance along with traditional academic classes. There are a number of performance options, including the Touring Company, Show Choir, Steel Drum Band and Dulcimers.
Science and Technology is woven through all subject areas in the Science and Technology Magnet. Programs in the curriculum include Robotics, Project Lead the Way and Engineering/Design. The school has an Astronomy Club and a Robotics Club that competes throughout the school year.
We offer a full continuum of services to students with disabilities. We take a cross-categorical approach when placing students. The focus for appropriate placement is not based solely on disability, but more importantly, the unique needs of each individual student.
Strong student-teacher ratios are maintained in all classrooms. We have our own occupational, physical and speech therapists to work with students, and the ability to contract for other services when needed.
Lima Senior has a strong transitions program, including a transitions coordinator to help students move from high school to the real world.
Serving the whole child and family
The Lima City Schools is committed to going beyond the classroom and assisting our families in any way we can. We offer free breakfast and lunch for all students, recently opened four food pantries in our district, and there is a health center available for all students, families and staff. We also have social workers/counselors and School Resource Officers in all our buildings.
Facilities and Athletics
Our students learn in state-of-the-art facilities. The district partnered with the Ohio School Facilities Commission and with support from voters, completed a four-year building and renovation project in 2005.
Our middle school and high school athletes compete in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference (TRAC), a 10-school conference. We are 2016 boys basketball TRAC Champions. Most recently, Lima Senior added lacrosse to its athletic offerings.
Our youth sports program offers opportunties for students as young as first grade. They include baseball, softball, basketball, soccer and track.
We are the home of the Spartans and We Believe in Lima!
*Additonal infomation on our programs and offerings are available throughout our web site.