Pendleton County Middle School had its beginnings in 1989 when the
Pendleton County Board of Education voted to move 8th grade students
from Brandywine, Franklin and Upper Tract Elementary Schools to
Franklin High School. This was to be the first step in a plan to
create a junior high for all county 7th and 8th grade students.
The 7th grade students from the same schools were moved the following
year to Franklin High School.
The Junior High students were housed in the high school
Vo-Ag building. Extensive renovations and improvements were made
to this building to meet the needs of the junior high students.
Some classes for the new junior high were held in the Franklin High
These moves were made by the Board of Education in an effort to
consolidate classes from these smaller schools, thus freeing additional
teachers and staff to improve the educational opportunities that
could then be offered to all students. Wider ranges of opportunity
were to occur in the areas of sports and the fine arts as well.
In the years that followed, the faculty at the junior high worked
diligently toward developing a middle school curriculum for the
students that was more in line with the students' ages and developmental
levels. This was accomplished through various means, including trips
to middle schools at other locations in the state and training offered
in Pendleton County.
In 1998 the county high schools were consolidated
and the remaining 7th and 8th grade students from Circleville were
moved to the new Pendleton County Middle School, which was housed
in one wing of the newly constructed Pendleton County Middle/High
The middle school has been very successful.
Our students perform very well academically. We have a topflight
sports program and have received a state commendation for one of
our middle school programs. All students have opportunities to participate
in fine arts programs like band, choir, and drama, and academic
classes such as Algebra I and foreign languages.