The Elgin School District is located in a rural part of Marion County in Ohio. A large district of nearly 164 square miles, Elgin is comprised mostly of farmland. The Elgin School District serves the villages of Prospect, Green Camp, New Bloomington, and LaRue, and also the western portion of Marion City and surrounding areas. The district serves 1,034 students in grades kindergarten through 12. The district currently has one K-12 building which was opened in September 2013. This is the first campus-style school building in Marion County.
The Elgin School District is a leader in educational programming and extracurricular offerings. Signature programs include several honors and college credit courses at the high school; a positive behavior support program at the middle school; and differentiated learning in grades K-5.
- High school students receive college credit for Honors Biology, Honors Anatomy and Physiology, History of the U.S. to 1865 and International Relations through Findlay University; credit for Calculus through Ohio Northern University (ONU); and credit for Engineering Level II and Health Tech. II students through Marion Technical College.
- Sandusky Plains Environmental Education Center (SPEEC) — tall grass prairie ecosystem, which consists of 35 acres that includes the laboratory building, 1.5-acre pond, four-acre wetlands, and three miles of trails
- Character education programs such as Comet P.R.I.D.E (Positive Decisions, Respectful, Involved, Dependable, and Expecting Excellence)
- Over $250,000 earned in scholarships each year
- Comet PRIDE — Positive Behavior Program
- Leader In Me School
- World Language class for all Middle School students.
- Spanish, French, German, Latin, Chinese
- 6th Grade Wheel
- Art, 7 Habits, Science Intervention, Creative Writing, Life Skills
- 7th Grade Wheel
- Life Skills, Measurement, Art, World Language
- 8th Grade Wheel
- College & Career Readiness, World Language, Technology, Literature Enrichment
- All students have Math and Reading intervention
- Peer Program
- NWEA Testing — Growth Measurement Testing for Reading and Math
- 7th Grade Comet Cash — Positive Behavior Program
- HS Credit for 8th Graders in Health and PE
- Elementary programs include reading services, intervention teachers, and gifted services for grades Kindergarten through 5th grade
- Literacy Committee, including staff members from both elementary schools, oversees our K-3 Reading Improvement and Monitoring Plans (RIMP)
- 90-minute English Language Arts block for all students.
- Title 1 Reading Tutor K-4 and a Title 1 Math Tutor 3-5.
- BEAR CLUB (Begin Early And Read Cause Life will Ultimately be Better) — literacy program for K-5.
The Elgin School District has made several advances in the area of technology in recent years. Currently each student in grades K-12 is assigned his/her own device to use throughout the day. The student in grades 4-12 carry the device from class to class.
There are also a number of other technology opportunities going on in our school. Elgin High School has added online computer classes and Elgin Middle School has added online language classes as well as digital music classes. In addition, Elgin has added a Technology Specialist for grades 3-8 where the students gain the fundamental skills needed to function in the digital world. In K-2, the students are learning the basics of moving around on the device, as well as typing skills to better function on the device.
The students have access to interactive online textbooks, a wealth of information, and the ability to create ongoing electronic portofolios. Along with that all grades are online for parents/students to check daily, and lunch can be paid for online.
Elgin Local students and staff make valuable contributions to the greater community through participation in numerous civic and social organizations.
Extracurriculars and co-curricular programs
Elgin offers a wide variety of extracurricular and co-curricular activities in both the areas of athletics and fine arts. Athletic programs at the high school include, football, volleyball, girls and boys basketball, baseball, softball, track and field, cross country, bowling, and swimming. Our fine arts programs are noteworthy. Elgin High School has two Concert Choirs, Show Choir, Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, and Pep Band. Both groups enter many competitions throughout the year, consistently earning very high marks. Additionally, students at the high school perform a major musical production in the spring.
Elgin also offers several extracurricular clubs at the high school such as, Club Francais, Spanish Club, Future Farmers of America, Yearbook, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
The middle school offers choir and band, and students can participate in Marching Band, Jazz Band, and the Pep Band at the high school. Students can also participate in football, volleyball, cross country, girls and boys basketball, and track and field.
The elementary school offers choir and band for fifth graders, jump rope club, ball-handling club, and PTO.
From arts groups to service and academic clubs, Elgin students have many opportunities for enrichment.
The district contracts with the North Central Ohio Educational Service Center for student support services in special education, teacher training and curriculum support. Elgin is a member of Tri-Rivers Career Center, which provides high quality vocational education programs for juniors and seniors. In addition, Elgin Local provides post-secondary education opportunities through Findlay University, Marion Technical College (MTC) and ONU.