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The Cardinal Local School District is pleased to be one of nearly 100 school districts throughout Ohio to release a more comprehensive, community-oriented companion to the State’s School District Report Card. Called a “Quality Profile,” the report includes additional accountability measures that define a high quality education that are not included in the State’s report. The Quality Profile helps to evaluate the effectiveness of a school district beyond standardized testing and other statistical measures. The Profile is based on six categories: academics, arts, student leadership and activities, fiscal stewardship, parent and community involvement, and student services.



Estabilished in 1956, the Cardinal School District serves its nearly 1,000 students from Middlefield, Huntsburg, and Parkman in three school buildings: Cardinal High School, Cardinal Middle School, and A.J. Jordak Elementary School.  All teachers are Highly Qualified and properly certified according to the state standards of Ohio. Every member of the staff works hard to provide a quality education for our students thus allowing several of our buildings to receive consistent, Excellent Ratings from the state on the annual report card. All Cardinal schools are designed to meet the unique needs of students in an atmosphere that respects differences in learning style, interest, and personal development.

There are many exciting and innovative plans in place for the Cardinal school district including: enhanced classroom technology, website upgrades, and improved class offerings. Couple these enhancements with our all day, every day Kindergarten classes, bussing for all students, and wonderful band, music, and choir offerings it’s clear, positive transformation is underway in Cardinal schools.  We have  1:1 Chromebooks district wide , where every student  utilizes a Chromebook for classroom learning. These improvements will only increase the value of a Cardinal Local Schools diploma while continuing to set our school, students, and staff apart in the years to come!  What’s inside? Huskie Pride!

Cardinal High School

CHS houses grades 9-12 with an average enrollment of 330 students, with an average of 91% graduating in 4 years.  Block scheduling, a 1:1 Chromebook program, 30 hours of College Credit Plus (CCP) courses from Lakeland Community College and The Ohio State University, and a state of the art distance learning classroom all help provide a quality educational experience. In 2017, CHS received a National Ranking of Bronze from the U.S. News & World Report in their Best High Schools rankings. In the most recent graduating class, 28 students took CCP courses earning a total of 386 college credits, 20 students earned 46 AP credits, 57 students took the ACT, and 8,232 hours of community service were completed. The Class of 2017 also earned nearly $400,000 in scholarships for post-secondary education.

Cardinal Middle School

CMS houses the school district’s 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th, grade students and averages an enrollment of 300 students. CMS is a comprehensive model middle school program focusing on college and career readiness. Beginning in seventh grade, students are able to begin an Advanced Pathway route of study to prepare for College Prep classes in high school. Students in every classroom have access to iPads thanks to monies received through the Straight A Grant. In addition, CMS students also have access to a green room, iPad (for recording), and video editing software used to record school-wide announcements and projects.

Jordak Elementary School

JES houses grades K-4 and is home to an average of 350 students. Our Kindergarten classes are in school all day, every day which has resulted in 80% of students testing at the norm or higher in reading and math. Our third graders continue to attain the necessary scores on state and MAP tests to all advance to fourth grade each year, as determined by the Ohio Third Grade Reading Guarantee Law. In addition to their classroom learning, JES students attend an enrichment class of music, art, library, or physical education throughout the week.  Third and fourth grade students also have the opportunity to participate in student council, entrepreneur fairs and the accelerated reader program. In the Spring of 2016, the Ohio Department of Education awarded JES with a Performance Index Score of an ‘A’!