The greater Massillon area is home to six school districts, six parochial schools and R.G. Drage Career Technical Center, while Stark County provides access to five institutions of higher learning. With the abundance of educational opportunities in the community, Massillon’s young people have scholastic advantages that enhance their success in post-secondary institutions, career development and job placement.
Massillon City School District is continually improving its standards of operation and education by maintaining an impressive amount of highly qualified teachers and staff, and by improving aspects related to Ohio’s report card for school districts. The nearly 4,500 school-age city residents attend six elementary schools, a new middle school and a comprehensive high school.
Numerous after-school and special education programs enhance the curriculum. The district offers a Digital Academy, an Adult Basic Literacy Education program, an NAEYC accredited public and handicapped pre-school, a 21st-Century Enrichment Program for elementary students and a Kaleidoscope Kids Program for middle school students. All eight Massillon city schools offer pupil services ranging from home instruction and school psychologists to goodwill vouchers and physical therapy. The DREAM project (Developing Resources for Education and Athletics in Massillon) will provide the district with a Center for College Readiness, containing 80,000 square feet of indoor practice fields, and physical therapy labs.
Post-secondary options abound in the Stark County region, as students take advantage of the ease of attending a community college or living on campus at a university. Stark State College offers 45 associate degree programs, satellite centers and a Weekend College program, while the nearby Stark Campus of Kent State University offers three associate degrees, eleven bachelor degrees and two master degree programs, all of which can be completed at the branch campus. All course work can transfer to the main branch where students can choose to complete one of 280 bachelor degree-granting programs.
Kent State Stark provides educational opportunities to nearly 10,000 students, while maintaining the Professional Education and Conference Center, the most technologically advanced center in Northeast Ohio. Its visitors can make use of its upscale restaurant, videoconferencing amenities and conference rooms that can comfortably accommodate 600 people. Both institutions are non-residential, offer low tuition rates and are easily accessible from I-77. Within a 45-minute drive from Massillon, students can access Walsh University, Malone College and Mount Union College. Ashland University’s Massillon/Stark Center, accessible from U.S. Route 30 in Massillon, offers Masters’ of Education and Business Administration, a Bachelor’s Plus Program and Professional Development opportunities. Massillon’s unique location provides quick highway access to colleges and universities in Akron, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Columbus.
Massillon Public Library augments the educational resources available to its citizens through its Main Branch in downtown Massillon and locations in the villages of Brewster and Navarre. The general public can utilize the institution’s Internet access, bookmobile services, genealogy research assistance, homework centers, interlibrary loans and numerous programming events: antique appraisals, summer reading clubs, the Executive Trivial Pursuit Tournament and collaborative children’s activities with local artists and the Massillon Museum.
Massillon’s substantial number of educational facilities and enrichment resources assist with producing qualified graduates and helping professionals gain experience and knowledge to further the growth of businesses, industry and healthcare in the Northeast Ohio region.