Van Wert City Schools

205 W. Crawford Street
Van Wert, Ohio 45891

Van Wert City Schools provides a comprehensive and diverse educational experience for students in preschool through 12th grade.  The range of education begins with an emphasis on social-emotional development and purposeful play with preschool students, helping children to establish a strong foundation for their learning. The learning experience then culminates with high school opportunities in courses such as pre-engineering, biomedical, and advanced placement options.  Our vision is: “To ensure that all students develop the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to thrive in post-secondary education, careers, and civic life.”


Van Wert City Schools offers an extensive balance of educational opportunities.   Students have varied experiences in:  Academics, Leadership, Service, the Arts, and Athletics.

Academics – The Ohio Learning Standards provides the direction for our student learning expectations.  Progress is carefully monitored through our RTI (Response to Intervention) process.  Students are benchmarked three times a year from K – 8 grades to ensure every student is making growth.  At the high school level, program of studies are offered for college preparatory, vocational, and general education.  Courses offered include art, English, math, science, social studies, business, family and consumer science, French, German, Spanish, and 16 vocational programs at Vantage.  Six advanced placement courses and two Project Lead the Way (PLTW) pathways are available.  We have a four-year curriculum in PLTW courses for pre-engineering and biomedical programs. VWHS initiated the Project Based/Problem Based Learning approach to instruction as part of the “Race To The Top” program beginning August 2012 and it continues to build on its success with student achievement.

Leadership & Service – Students in Van Wert City Schools have many possibilities to lead and serve beyond the classroom through clubs and service projects.  Clubs include:  Beta Club, Cougar’s Roar, Excalibur, FCA, FCCLA, French Club, German Club, National Honor Society, Robotics Club, Scarlet Squad, Scholastic Bowl, Service Pack, Spanish Club, Student Council, Theater/Performing Arts, Varsity Club.

Arts – Visual Arts, Vocal and Instrumental Music, and Drama. The Performing Arts Center provides a venue for the expression of the talents of the students for performances and displaying of their artist work.

Athletics – Football, Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Wrestling, Golf, Tennis, Track, Cross Country, Volleyball, Soccer, Swimming, Cheerleading, and Bowling.


The majority of the Van Wert City School district is made up of two communities:  The city of Van Wert with a population of 10,846 people and the village of Ohio City with a population of 705 people. The school district’s current enrollment for preschool through 12th grade is 2,140 students.

Construction for a new building for our Middle School and High School population began in September 2003 just outside of the city limits on Van Wert on State Route 118.  The building was first occupied on November 27, 2006.  Alumni Scott Niswonger was the catalyst behind the inclusion of a Performing Arts Center as a part of the new educational complex.  His initiative to “give back” has greatly inspired our education of the arts that will continue far into the future.

Construction for a new elementary school on the adjoining campus of the high school and middle school began in July of 2011 and was first occupied in September of 2012.  The renovation of the old Jefferson Elementary also began in July 2011.  That building was transformed into an “Early Childhood Center” for the preschool and kindergarten population. This newly-renovated building opened its doors to our early childhood students in January 2013.


The changes in education over the years have lagged well behind the changes in our world.  It is our goal to be more relevant as a contributor to the future of our students as stated in our vision statement. Changes that have been implemented to make the district more relevant included:

  • Project Lead the Way Programs with a four year curriculum in high school:
    • Pre-engineering
    • Biomedical
    • Project Based Learning – an approach in the instructional delivery in High School and Middle School
    • Robotics Club
    • Emphasis on STEM  (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programming.


Many times when people say the word “school,” their minds go to an image of a building.  It’s the brick and mortar place where children are learning.  But when we say “school” as a group of educators, we think about the people.  It is about the students and helping them achieve to their highest potential.  It is about the teachers who have adjusted their teaching style and delivery to provide what each child needs. It is about the community and helping to make it a better place to live.


Van Wert Schools provides a rigorous and inclusive environment for learning.  It serves a diverse population and the staff works diligently to meet the needs of every student, including open and ongoing communication with parents.  The delivery of instruction in Project Based Learning is propelling our district into an atmosphere of deeper and more purposeful learning. The collaborative environment through a project based approach in the classroom is developing the minds of students for more inquiry as well as individual and group initiatives.  Learning to work productively with others is a coveted skill for all business, industry, and professional careers.


Superintendent: Vicki Brunn

Treasurer: Mike Ruen

Board of Education members: Debby Compton - President, Anthony Adams – Vice President, Tom Losh, Cindy Hurless, Scott Mull


  • Van Wert City Schools has 4 locations to meet the varying needs of the students by age groups:
    • Early Childhood Center – Preschool to Kindergarten
    • Elementary School – Grades 1 to 5
    • Middle School – Grades 6 to 8
    • High School – Grades 9 to 12

The district has 268 certified and classified employees in its four locations.