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About This School

Sycamore High School is a public high school in Montgomery. The principal of Sycamore High School is Mr. Chris R. Davis, who can be contacted at 2,034 students attend Sycamore High School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 8% of the 2,034 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 15% are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Sycamore High School is 16:1. Ursuline Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • German
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Latin
    • Mandarin
    • Russian
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Fencing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Lacrosse
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Water polo
    • Wrestling
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 9% 8%
White, non-Hispanic 73% 69%
Multiracial 5% 6%
Hispanic 4% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 12%
Asian 10% 13%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.09%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 15% 17%
Economically disadvantaged 8% 11%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    Several weeks ago I wrote a review indicating that Sycamore was an excellent school choice for European-American middleclass students and significantly less-so for others. Why isn't it shown in the reviews below????

  • (10 months ago)

    As a parent of children who have attended other "top rated" school districts in the area I have been highly satisfied with Sycamore schools. The curriculum is excellent with basic and advanced academic options at the junior high and high school levels. Sycamore schools is well known by college admissions counselors for the challenging curriculum but what is less recognized are the excellent opportunities for students with special needs or on a more technical path. Funding and parental involvement continues to be solid in this very supportive community. A significant number of students engage in extracurricular activities which are high quality and range from the usual sports teams to marching band and a wide variety of academic and community service options. While no district is perfect Sycamore schools are an excellent choice and outperform most public and private schools in the area.

  • (3 years ago)

    I graduated from Sycamore High School back in 2005 and I thoroughly enjoyed all the neat opportunities SHS offers students. I participated in peer mentor and mediation programs as well as the soccer program. I received a soccer scholarship to Wright State University in Dayton Ohio and I'm currently finishing up my M.Ed. in School Counseling. The opportunities SHS provided me with helped me reach my academic goals and at this point my counselor has been a resource for a decade and continues to offer aid in my internship and job search. Although Sycamore is said to have a "cliquey" student body there are ample opportunities for every student to find his/her niche' and develop his/her interests. If I ever relocate to Cincinnati after my wedding I will surely look into putting my children into the Sycamore school system due to my pleasant experiences and all the support I received and continue to receive.

  • (3 years ago)

    We had three daughters go through Sycamore schools from K through 12. We always had teachers who were willing to engage with students and parents. Many go above and beyond. The instrumental music program is outstanding and these teachers go the extra mile and then 10 more. Our children were all very well prepared for college finding college classes in some cases easier than high school. Due to the varied opportunities most students can find a niche of friends to fit into and I especially appreciate the diversity of the student body.

  • (4 years ago)

    As a parent of a child here at Sycamore socially it's been a bit difficult these past few years. Sycamore is very clichey and there is a lot of bullying going on in that school. I know first hand as my child has been bullied on multiple occassions. I believe it's jealousy but not an excuse to be tormented day in and day out. My child is smart athletic attractive funny father and I have great careers but my child still has a very hard time at this school. Other than the mean kids the school itself is great! My child carries mainly straight 'a's'. The teachers are great with the students. The athletic program has a variety of sports to choose from. Most of them are great programs a few need some work. I'm a volunteer at the school and absolutely love the ladies at the front desk.

  • (5 years ago)

    Administrative staff is horrible.

  • (5 years ago)

    I did a lot of research when we were choosing a school system. Sycamore was the standout all around. I've heard other parents complain that the 'normal' kids are 'left out' but I think what they're actually seeing is that Sycamore does the 'normal' things so well they make it look easy. They make it look like they aren't breaking a sweat. Yes Sycamore serves the adademically gifted and the special needs kids incredibly well but I think if those parents of 'middle tier' kids were in some other district they'd see that Sycamore was serving those kids just as well. Sycamore is just plain good at preparing kids for college. A typical reaction from college freshmen is 'This is like 13th grade.'

  • (5 years ago)

    Sycamore schools are good overall for many reasons and being located in an affluent area is a big part. Parents should be getting some credit for the success of Sycamore schools than they do. With any school district there are good and bad teachers and those who give the extra effort. Be sure to ask other parents their particular experience with a given teacher. My kids go to Sycamore and we have had some outstanding teachers and some real duds. My experience is that the principals will take the side of their teachers over you if you have an issue.

  • (6 years ago)

    As a former studant and now a parent. I know that there is no better public school in the area. From talking with friends about the schools districts that they live in I know that Sycamore goes above and beyond for not only the students but parents as well. As when I was at these school years ago the teacher still call home and give updates when needed on at a time that the parent is home and can talk. They also have a pre K program the only thing I would say about that is get enrolled into that ASAP it fills up fast. I wish they would open more classes to get all the children in.

  • (7 years ago)

    From the caring and involved administration to all the supporting staff and teachers the Sycamore School District is one of Ohio's finest. The music department is outstanding. Aviator's Sports bring 'team' and 'competition' together delivering encouragement and pride for the students. Parents care and are involved. They support activities in all the necessary and little ways showing support and unity with the administration/teachers/coaches/instructors for the best interest of the students. If you are new to the area or looking for a better way for your child's future you will not be disappointed with the level of commitment we have experienced in the Sycamore Schools.

  • (8 years ago)

    Lots of activities available

  • (8 years ago)

    some of sycamores younger teachers are good at what they do and are really interested in helping the students however most of the older teachers have been around for a while and it just seems that they are just doing what they have to do to kill time until they get their retirement and dont really care too much about the individual students issues and grades

  • (8 years ago)

    Sycamore High School is consistently among the best schools in the state of ohio. With it's superior academic programs as well as offering the most mens and womens varsity sport options in the state for any high school it rests in an active business community in the northeastern suburbs of Cincinnati Ohio. It is a public high school with an enrollment around 1900 annually. They offer many things that most other high schools do not. I attended the school and graduated among 41 national merit scholars in that same year. The school offers advanced placement as well as a wide array of language classes. They also have advanced facilities for children with learning disabilities. It is also a national school of excellence!

  • (8 years ago)

    Sycamore High School is set in a very affluent area of Cincinnati. Teachers are underpaid but excellent. The students are eclectic and well-rounded. Very multi-cultural and success based. Gorgeous kids with hot cars and great minds. Somewhat snobby but when you have that much money who wouldn't be? Most of the students are accepting of one another; and everyone finds their own niche. No one is left out at Sycamore. Overall it is a public school better than any of the private schools in the area. And I highly recommend it.

  • (9 years ago)

    When I moved back to Cinti in 1994 I researched and found this to be the best district overall to move in to. I haven't been disappointed with the choice. My oldest graduated with a strong academic background and found college easy after going through Sycamore's AP program. Now my youngest is a Freshman and while she too is in many AP classes her love is Sports. Sycamore has a strong sports program while not making it overshadow the academics. Their athletic program is diverse not just traditional Football and Basketball programs but kids with talents like Water Polo and Lacrosse can excel as well. The Music program is also very strong. Kids can find their niche and be accepted. And being smart is considered 'cool'.

  • (9 years ago)

    Academically very good school with many choices of accelerated and AP classes. The teachers for these are mostly great. based on the national merit schlars and other competitions the school outperforms most if not all public schools in the area in cluding Wyoming and Indian Hills. But like most school sports get the attention in school. Easy to stay away from trouble. Overall a great school.

  • (9 years ago)

    School outperforms the expectations of area parents and neighbors.

  • (9 years ago)

    I know it is a great school any time my grandson does not want to miss school it has to be good.

  • (9 years ago)

    I totally agree with the reviewer who said 'middle tier' students get left out at Sycamore. Having three children in this system two who have graduated one a new freshman I have dealt with the Sycamore school district since 1986. My eldest graduated with AP honors. My middle child was supposed to go into AP classes but we refused opting for a more rounded highschool experience and the third is more artistically inclined then academically. We have had to fight counselors and teachers not to label our third child a 'problem' because he does not fit the 'high-achiever' status which Sycamore deems the most ideal. This school does everything 'over the top' and if you want to be in a sport play choir etc. it will become your life as 110% is expected for all you do. It is a shame our children can't be kids.

  • (10 years ago)

    Academically a very fine school. Ranked #2 or 3 in all of Cincinnati after Wyoming schools. A bit too large and the middle tier kids get lost. Over time the high school seems to be placing more emphasis on the overachievers. Also the hard sciences are heavily favored subjects over the liberal arts and humanities.

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