Empowering All Students To Reach Their Fullest Potential
Trust, Leadership, Communication, Collaboration, Accountability, Integrity, Respect
Northridge Local School District is the pride of the community, serving approximately 1,200 students. Our consolidated campus includes the district office, high school, middle school, and the new elementary! A new athletic stadium is expected to open in the fall of 2024. The district is 137 square miles and while located primarily in Licking County, it does include portions of Knox and Delaware Counties.
Northridge Local School District is a charming community of gently rolling farmland. There are limited housing developments, and with the exception of the villages of Homer, Hartford and Alexandria, most homes are located on an acre or more. Northridge is a wonderful, inviting community with great support for our Northridge Vikings.
Ideally located, the district offers its residents the environment of a small community with its warmth and charm, while being situated close to larger cities with extensive offerings of fine arts, entertainment, and recreational opportunities. Located just 10 miles from the new Intel Ohio project and 20 miles from Columbus, the state capitol, there are plenty of conveniences and opportunities, including easy access to John Glenn International Airport, Newark, Granville, New Albany, Westerville and Mount Vernon. The area offers a full range of goods and services, with churches, libraries, banks, manufacturing, healthcare, agriculture, and continuing education all nearby. The Licking County Sheriff and Local Fire Departments service the district's residents.
Our instructional staff numbers approximately 100, and includes teachers, guidance counselors, speech therapists with gifted talented programs, English language learners, media specialist, mental health specialist and nurses who provide quality services to the students. We appreciate our strong partnership with Petermann Transportation, which provides excellent bus service for our students. Classified employees provide assistance to the schools in food service, custodial, maintenance, and clerical support as well as educational aides. Volunteers from the community are appreciated and help enhance the efforts to empower all students to reach their fullest potential.
Our Elementary School
Northridge Elementary opened in August of 2021 and serves 550 students in grades pre-school through grade 5. Students receive a complete curriculum including Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. In addition to the core curriculum, we offer a comprehensive program to introduce students to a range of studies, including, physical education, music, art, and library sciences, as well as technology and STEAM. Students enjoy field trips to extend their learning beyond the classroom. We provide support for the whole child by way of our school nurse, guidance counselor, and social worker. The elementary school is supported by many parent volunteers and our wonderful Parent-Teacher Organization. After-school opportunities, including the art club, drama club, and STEAM club, are offered at various times of the year. In addition to evening music and choral performance by each grade level, Northridge Elementary also hosts a reading and STEAM night. Before and after-school care is provided at the school by the YMCA School Age Child Care Program.
Our Middle School
Northridge Middle school serves 275 students in grades 6 through grade 8. Students receive a complete curriculum including Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. During their 6th grade year, all students are scheduled in exploratory courses in the area of physical education, music, art, and technology, as well as study skills. Middle School Band is also offered starting in 6th grade. In grades 7 and 8, students have the ability to request specific exploratory courses, including Band, Choir, Multi-Media Production, Career Connections, Engineering and Design, Agricultural Food and Natural Resources, Robotics, Physical Education, and Art. Students enjoy field trips to extend their learning beyond the classroom. We provide support for the whole child by way of our school nurse and guidance counselor. The middle school is supported by the Parent-Teacher Organization and is always looking for more volunteers to support our schools. After-school extracurricular activities include Cup Stacking Club, Power of the Pen, Ski and Snowboard Club, and a Middle School Musical, as well as club sports of Soccer, Swimming, and Baseball. Official sports begin in grades 7 and 8 and include Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Softball, Track, Cross Country, and Cheerleading.
Our High School
Northridge High School is an NCA-accredited public school serving grades 9-12; current enrollment is 389 students with 97 students in the Class of 2023. In 2019, the Columbus Dispatch ranked central Ohio public high schools using data from the state report card, and Northridge was ranked 8th of 33 area public high schools—2nd among the 10 Licking County high schools. Approximately 7% of Northridge students identify as Hispanic, Black/African-American, or multi-racial; 93% identify as Caucasian. Students experience cultural diversity through organizations that partner and/or connect with others in the greater Columbus metropolitan area as well as academic endeavors such as Ohio Model United Nations, Mock Trial, and Quiz Bowl. Northridge High School is located within 50 miles of 24 public or private colleges/universities, affording students many additional educational opportunities, including a vast array of dual credit courses under Ohio’s College Credit Plus program.
High School Curriculum
Northridge High School offers a challenging and comprehensive curriculum taught by 26 certified teachers, 17 of whom hold a master’s degree or higher. Two are adjunct instructors through local community colleges, one teaching college history and the other college composition courses at the high school. Of the 97 seniors in the Class of 2023, thirty (30) students attend full-time programs at a career/vocational training center. Many college-bound seniors have a “blended” schedule of both college and high school courses. Seven (7) seniors attend college full-time on a local college campus.
The Northridge English Department teaches college Composition I and II, and the Social Studies Department features two college US History courses. The Math Department provides instruction through Calculus I. The Science Department offers full-year advanced science courses in Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, and Forensic Science. Three years of Spanish are offered, and some students continue on to college level Spanish while still in high school. Students interested in health science careers often take the Health 2 elective offered by our Health/PE teacher. Northridge has curricular and co-curricular music options, including instrumental, voice, and theatrical performances and competitions. Our art teacher presents drawing, painting, and ceramics projects with portfolio-building emphasis for students headed to postsecondary art programs. Students can earn industry credentials through an on-site Robotics and Engineering Design program, or through popular animal and food science courses offered by the Agricultural Education teacher. New in 2022-2023 are our Business courses, including entrepreneurship, communication, and digital media/marketing.
High School Performance Data
Ohio’s College Credit Plus (CCP) program funds student participation in college courses on high school and college campuses, and online. Statewide, CCP participation by high school seniors is 25-30%. At Northridge, that participation rate is typically ~60%, which is the 29th highest participation rate of the 608 school districts in the state. Northridge students taking college coursework have consistently maintained a pass rate of 97%. Northridge’s 2022 college-going seniors graduated from high school with, on average, 19.5 college credits earned with particular focus on college “general education” courses. Two 2021 seniors earned Associate of Arts degrees concurrent with their high school diplomas. The class of 2023 has prospective associate’s degree candidates, and the Class of 2024 behind them does as well.
The top 10% of the Class of 2023 has an average ACT composite score of 23.8. The top 20% of the class has an average ACT composite score of 23, and the top 30% has an average ACT composite of 21.6. The mode among the top thirty students is a score of 24. Two seniors have a composite score of 30.
History The distribution of Northridge High School graduates to post-secondary pathways is typically as follows: 45% four-year college, 20% two-year college, 5% military enlistment, 30% workforce. College-bound students in recent Northridge graduation classes matriculated to a variety of in-state public and private colleges, such as The Ohio State University, Otterbein University, Ohio University, Bowling Green State University, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Columbus State Community College, Central Ohio Technical College, University of Cincinnati, Capital University, Miami University, and Wilmington College.
High School Extracurricular Opportunities
Northridge is an OHSAA, Class AA school and offers varsity athletics in 10 boys’ and 10 girls’ sports. Students can participate in marching and concert band, show choirs, and musical productions. Northridge students enjoy a variety of clubs including National Honor Society, Student Council, Color Guard/Winter Guard, Newspaper, Yearbook, Quiz Bowl, Ohio Model United Nations, Future Farmers of America, Buckeye Boys State, Buckeye Girls State, CampMed, Free Enterprise Academy, and Licking County’s Youth Leadership Council.