BIG WALNUT LOCAL SCHOOLS
Inspire and Guide
Mission & Vision
The mission of the Big Walnut Local Schools is to inspire and guide each student to his or her maximum potential.
In order to accomplish our mission, the Big Walnut Schools will strive to achieve our vision of:
• Student-focused, professional, collaborative staff
• Student-focused, challenging and current curriculum
• Supportive, involved and informed community
• Safe, respectful and welcoming environment
Located approximately 25 minutes northeast of downtown Columbus, Ohio, the Big Walnut Local School District provides instructional services for children who live in the greater Galena and Sunbury communities, including parts of Porter, Kingston, Trenton, Harlem, Genoa and Berkshire townships. Big Walnut is located in Delaware County – the fastest growing county in Ohio. With four elementary schools, an intermediate school, a middle school, high school, and a partnership with the Delaware Area Career Center, the district serves over 3800 students and employs more than 400 staff.
Our school district provides a challenging and dynamic learning environment that fosters excellence, opportunity and innovation in meeting the educational needs of our students and community. Big Walnut students consistently exceed state averages for the current Ohio testing model. While testing in Ohio continues to fluctuate, we are using local data to ensure our students are growing academically.
Caring and highly qualified teaching and support staff members provide relevant and challenging learning opportunities for students in an environment that is safe and respectful.
A diverse and rigorous curriculum has been designed to meet and exceed state and national standards for student learning and achievement. Special Education and Gifted programs meet the unique needs of learners at all levels, while expecting excellence from all. Our academic focus is on our 2020 Vision-- visit our Academic Achievement
page for more information.
The History of the Big Walnut Community
In 1867, the residents of Galena built their first school on Walnut Street. The school boasted a full curriculum and separate recesses for boys and girls. The school was also a residence "Normal School," which trained teachers for other schools.
In 1873, Sunbury consolidated the local one-room schoolhouses into a new school located on Harrison Street. The building received additions in 1913 and 1924. More than 100 years later in 1974, the original building was removed to make room for another addition to the school.
The Delaware County Board of Education joined the Sunbury and Galena school districts in 1950 to create the present Big Walnut Local School district. It was named for the creek joining the two villages. Two years later, Harlem Township School (which had previously merged with Center Village) joined the district.
Although the Galena and Sunbury villages post an official, combined population of about 3000 people, the district covers over 109 square miles. The Big Walnut area is primarily residential, offering a pleasant combination of rural and agricultural living. The median household income is just over $43,000 annually.
The district has a rich heritage of strong community support and participation in school activities. Big Walnut added a new elementary school as well as new middle school in 2010 and 2011 respectively. With cost-per-pupil expenditures below the state average, a bond rating of Aa2 and one of the lowest tax rates in Delaware and Franklin counties, the district has a reputation for strong fiscal management. As the community continues to grow, managing increased enrollment with continue to be an operational challenge for the district.
Big Walnut receives unparalleled support from parents and families, business and community leaders. Well-established roots and a strong value for education, combined with a dynamic vision for the future make the Big Walnut communities an ideal place to live and raise a family.
Visit Big Walnut Schools
We invite you to experience Big Walnut Schools. Please call us to arrange a school tour and experience the unique learning culture in each of our schools.
On a school tour, you can expect to…
• Meet the principal, teachers and students
• Visit classrooms
• Explore the curriculum
• Discover opportunities beyond the classroom.
To schedule a school tour, contact the school directly for arrangements. We look forward to serving your student in the Big Walnut Local Schools.