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About Lakota Local Schools

Located in southwestern Ohio, Lakota Local Schools is the largest suburban public school district in southwest Ohio. It's also the tenth largest school district in the state, and the largest of all 10 public school districts in Butler County. Employing about 1,700 teachers and support staff, the K-12 district serves the communities of West Chester and Liberty townships.(opens in a new window)

WE are Lakota and "WE are Better Together"

WE are excited to welcome our students back into our buildings for the 2021-2022 school year. It is our continued hope that this school year will have a more “normal” look and feel. 

Our theme for this school year is #WEareBetterTogether, and we look forward to our students, staff and community working together to offer the best educational experience possible for every Lakota student.

Our Schools

central office photoLakota is made up of 23 total school buildings, a virtual learning option and a preschool, including:

View a complete list of schools (opens in a new window) , including addresses, phone numbers and school and office hours. View our interactive attendance zone map (opens in a new window) to search by address and see attendance boundaries. 

Our Approach to Learning


At Lakota, our goal is to prepare EVERY student for success after graduation in one of the “4 E’s” - Enrollment in college, Enlistment in the military, Employment in our workforce, or Entrepreneurship. From personalized learning to an incredible range of curricular and extracurricular programs, it’s about providing every student with every opportunity to explore their passions.

The Portrait of a Lakota Graduate was adopted in the fall of 2019 to serve as a “north star” that clearly defines the skills, characteristics and attributes that WE in the Lakota community desire to see in every learner who graduates from Lakota.

Every one of our youngest learners is welcome to attend our 
all-day kindergarten (opens in a new window) program. Through a partnership with the Butler County Educational Service Center, Lakota offers a tuition-based preschool education(opens in a new window) .

Each Lakota school has an Innovation Hub; these modern learning spaces allow for student learning through technology, collaboration and creativity. Lakota employs a 1:1 technology program for students in grades seven through twelve and an "at school" 1:1 program for sixth graders.

A rotation of six specials, including art, music, physical education, STEAM2, technology, and health and wellness, gives students in grades K-6 daily exposure to areas outside of the core curriculum. 

In part through a strong partnership with the West Chester Liberty Chamber Alliance, nearly 100 local businesses help provide work study, job shadowing and internship experiences. Universities and other educational partners, like Butler Tech (opens in a new window) , help give our students a head start on earning college credit or preparing to enter the workforce after graduation.  

The Lakota Academy is a unique alternative program, offering students the opportunity to earn their high school diploma in a smaller, more flexible environment that combines online learning with one-on-one instruction.


Lakota also believes in the power of service learning to teach and inspire empathy, responsibility and civic engagement in our future leaders. Lakota schools partner with countless local and national causes all year long to share their talents and make a difference in the lives of others. The district-wide Stuff the Bus Food Drive (opens in a new window) tradition generates more than 60 percent of Reach Out Lakota's total annual food donations. Additionally, Lakota staff model the way through Casual for a Cause (opens in a new window) , a district-wide staff giving effort to support local causes that serve our families. 

Our Community

Coffee ChatLakota serves the communities of West Chester Township (opens in a new window) and Liberty Township (opens in a new window) , conveniently located off I-75 between downtown Cincinnati and Dayton. 

We are home to more than 98,000 residents and 3,800 businesses, and growing. We are surrounded by major hospitals for both general and pediatric care and easy access to multiple higher learning institutions. The surrounding business district offers a wide variety of retail, restaurant and recreational spaces as well as student learning opportunities through internships (opens in a new window) and work study experiences. 

The safety and security (opens in a new window) of our students, staff and visitors is our number one priority, which is why we have a strong partnership with local law enforcement through the Butler County Sheriff's Office and the West Chester Police Department. Programs like those generated by our partnership with Mindpeace and the formation of Hope Squads provide support for students' mental and emotional needs as well. 

Through monthly In the Loop with the Supe virtual and in-person meetings,(opens in a new window) and a longstanding Community Conversations (opens in a new window) program, we are serious about getting out into the community and listening. 

Multiple community support agencies serve as a resource for our families, including our own local food and clothing pantry, Reach Out LakotaThe Community Foundation of West Chester Liberty (opens in a new window) also supports the sustainability of the Lakota Foundation. 

Fast Facts

Our District

  Total Schools: 23
  Square Mileage: 63
  Communities Served: West
    Chester & Liberty townships
  Grades: PreK-12

Our Students

Enrollment: 16,800
  Multicultural Diversity: 35%
  Attendance Rate: 98.5%
  Graduates: 1,335
    (691 East, 644 West)
  Graduation Rate: 98.5%
  Pursuing Higher Education: 94%
  Military Commitments: 22
  Honors Diplomas: 23%
  Scholarships: $16 million+

Our Staff

  Employees: 1,845
  Teachers with Advanced Degrees: 79%
  Working at Lakota 5+ Years: 63%
  Average Teaching Experience: 17 yrs

Our Finances

  Annual Spending: $155.9 million
  Per Pupil Spending: $9,859
  General Fund Expenses Supporting
  Student Instruction & Services: 71%

View Lakota's Financial Prospectus.  


Points of Pride

  • Technology Innovation:

    Lakota is one of just three school districts worldwide to earn the “2020 Distinguished District Award” from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). The award recognizes districts that demonstrate effectiveness and innovation in the application of educational technology. Lakota is also just one of just 93 districts nationwide to be accepted into the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools

  • A continuously-growing portfolio of local partnerships that includes businesses providing students with direct career experiences as well as a continuing partnership with Butler Tech for vocational education.

  • With 35 percent of students celebrating their multicultural backgrounds, a culturally-diverse experience where respect and inclusion are taught as core values.

  • A deep commitment to community and parent engagement, including Lakota's long-standing Community Conversations program. These conversations are about deepening the relationship and building a partnership with students, staff and residents.