About Lakota

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 eighth 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)

Why WE are Lakota

"WE are Lakota" encompasses a wide range of experiences and emotions. Watch this video to hear from just a few students and staff what exactly makes Lakota a special place and why it's an exciting time to be a part of this community.

Our Schools

central office photoLakota is made up of 23 total school buildings, including:

  • Two high schools with two freshman campuses 
  • The Lakota Academy(opens in a new window) (alternative high school)
  • Four junior schools
  • Eight elementary schools, and
  • Six early childhood schools.

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 Coffee Chats with the Superintendent (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: 16,700
  Multicultural Diversity: 30%
  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

  Teaching & Licensed: 974
  Support: 748
  Teachers with Advanced Degrees: 81%
  Working at Lakota 5+ Years: 68%
  Average Teaching Experience: 12 yrs

Our Finances

  Annual Spending: $155.9 million
  Per Pupil Spending: $9,380
  General Fund Expenses Supporting
  Student Instruction & Services: 78%

View Lakota's Financial Prospectus.  


Points of Pride

  • One of just 93 districts nationwide to be accepted into the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of forward-thinking school districts with the mission to accelerate innovation in education through technology and research.

  • 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 36 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.