Schools

THE BASICS

As a high-performing school district known throughout the Midwest for academic excellence that defines innovation and delivers value, the Mason City Schools are a draw for both families and businesses who call Mason home. Mason City Schools educate over 10,000 students in an early childhood center (PK, K, 1, 2), three elementary schools (2, 3 and 4-6), a middle school (7-8), and a high school (9-12). MHS students lead and learn through 27 AP courses, dual college-credit options, a student-run bank, a student-run store, a student-run website, community service, 70 school-sanctioned extracurriculars, 67 athletic teams, and award-winning band, orchestra, arts, choral, and drama programs.

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OUR STUDENTS RANK IN TOP 2%

The Mason City School District is one of Ohio’s most elite public school districts. It consistently ranks as a top school in Ohio. We are proud that students in every grade level consistently score above the state and national averages in reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and on the SAT, ACT, and AP tests.

ROBUST COLLEGE-PREP CURRICULUM

Of the graduating seniors in 2020, 87% will attend a two- or four-year university in the fall, receiving offers for more than $9 million in scholarships and awards. We offer 27 Advanced Placement courses, and all students are encouraged to take at least one AP course before they graduate. In addition, we have many dual-credit classes where students can earn college credit and MHS credit.

BIG SCHOOL = BIG OPPORTUNITIES

Mason High School is the largest high school in Ohio – but for us, big means big opportunities for students to find their niche and hone their passions. MHS is filled with dynamic teachers and staff, bright and hard-working students, and dedicated families who believe in growing greatness together. With nearly 200 course offerings, MHS has a national reputation for providing students at all ability levels with the tools to succeed.

CRAZY-GREAT ARTS PROGRAMS

Our William Mason Marching Band consistently ranks among the top marching bands in the US, and has even performed at the Rose Bowl Parade. Our Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony recently performed at Carnegie Hall, and we’re the only Ohio band to receive the Sudler Flag and Sudler Shield. Our nationally-ranked orchestra program has performed in some of the most prestigious venues in the nation, and has earned the highest rating possible of “Unanimous Superior” for the Symphony Orchestra students’ musicality and artistry. Our fall and winter plays and spring musicals regularly rank among the best in the TriState at the regional Cappies Awards, and our student artists regularly earn national scholastic gold and silver keys for the masterpieces, as well as hefty visual art scholarships.

DIVERSITY THAT REFLECTS WHERE WE LIVE

Some basic stats about who we are: 25% Asian, 4% Black, 5% Hispanic, 5% Multi-racial, 61% White.

MHS offers five world languages from beginner to Advanced Placement: American Sign Language, French, German, Spanish (students have the ability to begin Spanish in middle school) and Mandarin. In addition, Mason Schools have a renowned English as a Second Language Program.

A FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE DISTRICT IN A TOUGH BUDGET ENVIRONMENT

Mason City Schools operate a balanced budget and its leadership ensures strong fiscal accountability in a state budget environment that is not always favorable to large urban districts.

To learn more about Mason City Schools, read the latest Quality Profile, published by the school district each year.