Since its charter became effective on January 1, 1979, the Village of New Lebanon has striven to maintain its status as the "Caring and Sharing Community." As you travel through the town, you will note the progressive modern approach to services to the community; a high quality of life accentuated by its rural township surroundings; and the friendly, down home neighborliness that makes us unique in Montgomery County, Ohio. As a part of Montgomery County, New Lebanon is less than 20 minutes from downtown Dayton.
New Lebanon School District encompasses 33 square miles in rural Montgomery County, just west of Dayton. The district serves approximately 1,250 students in 3 schools: Dixie Elementary School, Dixie Middle School, and Dixie High School.
Quality Reading Instruction
Approximately 70% of students entering Dixie Elementary do not achieve a score of “Kindergarten Ready” on the readiness assessment. By third grade, however, 100% of New Lebanon students have met the requirements of the Third Grade Guarantee and move on to grade 4.
Preparation for College and Careers
Approximately 70% of each graduating class attends college after graduation. Many Dixie graduates enter college with a semester of college credit or more due to taking dual credit or advanced placement courses while at Dixie HS. Many of the college-bound students benefit from scholarships earned with their academic and athletic accomplishments while at Dixie Schools.
Dixie High School students have access to Miami Valley Career Technical Center, which offers specialized vocational training for students. The well-rounded curriculum at New Lebanon Schools prepares students for many entry-level positions in area manufacturing businesses as well as other industries.
The New Lebanon School District Preschool program was recently awarded 5 Stars (the highest rating) when reviewed for the Step Up to Quality initiative in the state of Ohio.
New Lebanon School District emphasizes kindergarten readiness by coordinating the New Lebanon Preschool Consortium, which encourages all local preschool providers to collaborate with regard to instruction and content to assure the best possible preparation for preschool students. New Lebanon School District also shares resources with families with children under the age of 5 through the Kindergarten Readiness E-Newsletter.
Involvement in structured activities outside of the classroom is an integral part of the Dixie educational program. Students are invited and strongly encouraged to become involved in at least one activity to strengthen school involvement and for the positive impact on student academic achievement. New Lebanon extra-curricular programs accommodate students so that a student is not excluded from participation in multiple activities due to scheduling conflicts: Dixie students are encouraged to explore all of their extra-curricular interests.
Dixie activities provide opportunities for unique experiences and opportunities to perform at high levels. Dixie athletic teams compete well in the Southwest Buckeye League. Each year, Dixie athletes continue to earn scholar-athlete, all-conference, and other recognitions in numerous team sports as well as qualify for state competitions as individuals.
The New Lebanon Music Program is highly regarded in Southwest Ohio. The DHS Choir and Band earn high ratings in area performances and qualify for state competitions. Several individual musicians and singers earn recognition in regional OMEA performances.
A variety of clubs and activities are also offered to meet the varied interests of students.
Attendance continues to be the single strongest predictor of students’ success in school. Dixie schools maintain a strong attendance rate (above 94% and often 95% yearly).
New Lebanon Local School District has not requested additional funding from local taxpayers for 11 years. By closely examining utility expenses and other non-classroom costs, the district has been able to reduce costs in these areas in order to increase spending on instructional needs. Nearly 70% of the school budget is spent on the classroom—about 5% higher than the state average. New Lebanon’s per-pupil spending remains more than $1,000 below the state average while providing outstanding educational opportunities to all students.