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Teaching and Learning

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Lakewood Local Schools' curriculum is broad, balanced and aligned with Ohio’s Revised Learning Standards. There is a clear progression of knowledge and skills that also is flexible and responsive to individual student needs and interests. 

Our focus is on student growth, mastery of material and achievement. When students do not understand, teachers find different ways to deliver material. For students who need additional help, we provide various intervention programs that support students from elementary school to high school. In addition, we have instructional coaches who work with teachers to provide ongoing support and professional development.  

As part of the student experience, our teachers provide students with rich first-hand purposeful experiences. The students at all levels participate in STEM activities and use the Design Cycle to ask questions, research, create plans, study results and come up with new questions.

Lakewood students in grades 8-12 are 1:1, meaning each student has a Chromebook for use at school and home during the school year. Students and teachers use the Chromebook as a learning tool.

AP Courses are offered at Lakewood High School. The courses include English Composition, Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, U.S. History, U.S. Government, and Computer Science.

Honors Classes are offered in Math (6-8), Algebra (Grade 8), Geometry (Grade 9), Calculus, English Language Arts (Grades 6-10), U.S. History, World History and Biology. We also offer Superior Cognition Pull-out (Grade 3-5) and a self-contained English Language Arts class for students who are gifted in Reading at grades 4-5.

Lakewood Local offers College Credit Plus (CCP) courses at the high school. The offerings for this year include English Composition, Introduction to Statistics, Business Applications, Speech, and Database Application. Students are able to go off-campus to take college courses at surrounding colleges and universities.


Lakewood Local Schools connects with business, industry and community members to bring their expertise and authentic learning to the classroom as part of our Business Advisory Committee. We also have partnerships with various groups, such as the Lakewood Education Foundation, Cardinal Health, THK, and more. Students participate in internships, work-study experiences and mentorships to help them become Career and College Ready.

Our partnership with C-TEC allows us to offer students the opportunity to earn industry credentials in a variety of fields, such as Architectural & Engineering Design, Medical Assisting, Culinary Arts, and Diesel & Power Equipment Mechanics. We have two complete career pathways - Information Technology and Engineering - that have courses from grades 7-12, so that students can participate in these programs in both middle and high school. These courses connect to courses offered at C-TEC, and can lead to students earning industry credentials and preparing them for high-demand jobs in the Licking County community and beyond.

Patti Pickering

Director of Teaching & Learning



Lakewood Local School District Gifted Handbook 2023-24

Review the differentiated services we provide gifted and talented students to help them reach their full cognitive, creative, and academic potential.


The Lakewood High School (LHS) Administration and Staff take great pride in preparing all students for their next step after graduating, whether that be college, a trade school, the military, or the work force. We are deeply committed to designing personalized learning paths for each student to increase engagement, help them set goals, and create a plan for success.


There is no one-size-fits-all way to graduate. Ohio gives students several pathways to qualify for a high school diploma. One of these pathways is earning industry credentials and acquiring skills for workforce readiness. LHS offers career pathways in many different and diverse fields. Through our courses and community partnerships, students have opportunities to earn credentials that they can put to use immediately after graduation. 


The LHS Innovation Center is a hub for unique programming that cultivates creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration among students. The space combines academics with the business, manufacturing and engineering needs of our community, and promotes the integration of curricular areas through collaborative projects and teamwork.


  • Help students develop an entrepreneurial mindset and gain relevant marketplace skills via apprenticeship-style instruction.
  • Support flexible learning - maximize collaboration, promote creativity and innovation, grow authentic research, and integrate technology in a connected and seamless way.
  • Connect education and business in a creative, collaborative environment.
  • Prepare students to fulfill the workforce needs in our community and central Ohio.
  • Provide an environment for students that is dynamic, engaging, inspiring and visionary.
  • Support the career readiness skills necessary for the transition after high school.







LHS students can earn industry-recognized credentials through several types of courses and certifications that prepare them to contribute to the workforce and their communities


We are fortunate to have numerous community partners willing to help our students learn, grow and prepare for their future. Below are just some examples:



MPW Externship Program Information

Lakewood-MPW Internship Partnership 2022 - Press Release

Lakewood-MPW Internship Hiring 2022 - Press Release


If you work at a business that would be interested in collaborating with us in some way, please let us know! If you have questions about the initiatives, please contact:

LHS Principal Kevin Krier at
STEM Coordinator Dee Martindale at 


The Lakewood Local School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. In addition, the School District provides equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups.

Patti Pickering is our designated Title IX Coordinator to handle all inquiries regarding our non-discrimination policies and can be contacted using the information on the right-hand side of this page.

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

For information about Title IX, visit the Ohio Department of Education website.