Struthers is a small, diverse city located in Mahoning County with just over 10,000 residents. It encompasses 3.74 square miles and is located on the Mahoning River. Struthers has three school buildings: elementary, middle and high school.
The community';s early history centers on Yellow Creek where the cradle of steel began with the building of the Hopewell Furnace. This furnace was built in 1803 by Daniel Eaton and is mentioned in the first line of the 1995 Bruce Springsteen song, "Youngstown."
We’re the Key to Learning (WKTL) is our radio station that first broadcasted from Struthers High School on September 13, 1965. It was one of the first all student-staffed radio station in the country. WKTL is still on the air today, as the district has partnered with “The Summit” radio station out of Akron.
District Community Partnerships
The Struthers City School District partners with the Juvenile Justice System for the Early Warning System that focuses on identifying at-risk students for attendance, behavior and curriculum. The district also partners with many community organizations to identify and serve social and emotional needs of students including PsyCare, Alta, and United Way of the Mahoning Valley.
Struthers City Schools and the Educational Service Center of Eastern Ohio are helping ensure students are college and career ready with the implementation of the Mahoning Valley Prepared for Success (MVPS) project. This project is a community-level, shared service approach project focused on preparing students for the increasingly competitive 21st century global economy by helping schools meet college and career readiness criteria on the state report card. The MVPS program has embedded college and career counselors into SHS to focus on graduation and early college planning.
Struthers Elementary School
The elementary school consists of grades K-4, with more than 630 students. The curriculum focus is embedded in The Science of Reading with CKLA, conceptual math with Bridges, interactive science lessons with SAVVAS, and various interventions.
The elementary school prides itself on a strong, positive behavioral intervention system (PBIS) to ensure "whole" child development (emotional, behavioral and academics). Struthers Elementary School was awarded PBIS Bronze recognition for the last four school years. The elementary partners with various resources: Struthers Elementary PTO works collaboratively with the building providing many different resources and experiences to support the student elementary experience, Making Kids Counts supports our food pantry, and the United Way of Mahoning County provides programing such as Success by 6 and Success After 6. Additionally, Meridian Health Care provides students with the social and emotional skills they need to help lead a healthy lifestyle.
Struthers Elementary School partners with the high school to provide a Big Cat/Little Cat mentorship program between the elementary and high school students.
Struthers Middle School
In order to better assist our young adolescents, our school program has been designed around a middle school concept that recognizes the unique intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs of our developing learners. This is a time of great change and although these changes are exciting, they can also be challenging and require additional support in order to make these years a meaningful experience. Struthers Middle School was awarded PBIS Bronze recognition for the last three school years for their focus on Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports.
The middle school students experience 90 minutes of instruction in English language arts and math, while learning science, social studies, art, family consumer science, health, music and physical education throughout the remainder of the school day. Other innovative programs include Entrepreneurship, Robotics, and STEM, where students start working with 3D printers as early as 5th grade. There is a daily advisory period following the middle school concept that involves intervention, enrichment, and positive actions curriculum. Struthers Middle School offers Algebra and many electives for high school credit.
Students are also able to participate in extra-curricular activities including athletics, PANDA, Book Club, Pep Club, and more. In addition, Struthers Middle School won the Eastern Ohio Partnership Excellence Award and has been recognized for their work with Making Middle Grades Work.
Struthers High School
Struthers High School offers a well-rounded academics and extra-curricular program that includes seven college credit plus and five AP courses, five courses where students can earn industry credentials, as well as robotics, drone and entrepreneurship classes. Additionally, the high school has implemented an InfoTech Computer Lab with instruction in Microsoft Office and Adobe to provide students with access to the tools necessary to grow skills that are in demand in the workforce. Students have an opportunity to join many clubs such as Spanish Club, French Club, Pep Club, Art Squad, Mock Trial, and more. The SHS Mock Trail teams have advanced to the regional and state competitions over the years and our Robotics team has advanced to State competition the last seven years. The Digital Media class records a daily production of the Jungle Report for Struthers High School students. The class is immersed in all media elements, including district livestreams and broadcasting collaboration with the YSN Network. the high school also has successful show choir and band programs that travel across the country for performances, at venues such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Disney World in Orlando, FL.
The high school has 17 successful athletic teams. Struthers High School has won the National Blue Ribbon, a School of Promise by the state board of education, has been recognized by US News and World Report as a Bronze and Silver Medal School and has earned the AP District Honor Roll for expanding and improving performance for Advanced Placement students. Struthers High School was awarded PBIS Bronze recognition for the last two school years for their focus on Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports.