Defiance City Schools

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Defiance Elementary Sets Dates for Kindergarten Screening

Kindergarten registration for children entering Defiance City Schools next fall will begin on Wednesday, March 1 and run through Friday, March 31.  To register your child for kindergarten, parents simply need to call the school office at 

(419) 785-2260 and select the K-2 building. Parents will select a screening date and time during their registration call. 

Parents will also need to complete the New Student Enrollment which can found by clicking here. 


Children are eligible for kindergarten if they will be five years of age on or before September 30, 2023.  The actual screening of incoming students will take place April 4-6.  On Tuesday, April 4, we will screen from 1:30-7:00 p.m. All other screenings will take place during the school day between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  Children will be assessed for hearing, vision, speech and language concerns.  Children will also be given an academic and play-based assessment.


Defiance City Schools offers two kindergarten-aged programs, an early-five program (KinderStart) and regular Kindergarten.  Both are all day, every day programs.  After each child’s screening, a team of academic professionals will meet and gather their findings.  A recommendation will be made to parents regarding placement for their child.


Important papers for parents to begin collecting for the screening appointment include a valid birth certificate, immunization records, a social security number, proof of residency and any applicable custody papers.  These documents are not required for the screening process; however, they will be required before school begins in August.

Check out the New Defiance Community Calendar!!
Be sure to favorite our schedules so you can stay in-the-know on all the fun things we have going on.

You can find all of our upcoming events here

If you haven’t heard already, the Defiance Development and Visitors Bureau has pioneered the Defiance Community Calendar. Defiance is one of the first communities in the nation to bring a completely innovative approach to the community calendar. The schools, nonprofits, youth sports leagues, restaurants, museums, businesses, churches and more are represented on the calendar making it the one-stop shop for community members to find everything happening in town.  

Defiance Elementary School Mentoring Program....
Defiance City Schools is looking for individuals interested in becoming a mentor. If you are interested please visit the Defiance Schools Elementary School page for more information.
Important Information Regarding Lunch Account Balances
Federal aid given during the COVID-19 pandemic made school meals available for free to all public school students — regardless of family income levels. But those eligibility waivers expired over the summer, therefore beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, Defiance City Schools will no longer be serving all of their meals for free.

Students (Grades PreK-12) may charge up to three (3) meals after which an alternative meal consisting of a cheese or peanut butter sandwich, fruit, and milk will be provided. Disabled and handicapped students at all grade levels will continue to receive their school meals with no interruption while their parents are being contacted for payment. 

Parents, be sure to add funds to your child's lunch account as needed. 
Please click the link below to review all necessary information regarding food services at Defiance City Schools. 

*Revised 9/8/22
Papa John's Pizza will now be offered to our Defiance Elementary School students every Wednesday as an option for lunch.
Papa John's Pizza will now be offered to our Defiance Middle School and High School students every Friday as an option for lunch.
Parent Portal Returning Student Updates
In an effort to help provide up to date information to parents and guardians regarding your Defiance City Schools' students we encourage all parents to create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account. Via the Parent Portal account you are able to view your student's schedule, view grades and update emergency medical and emergency contact information. It is IMPERATIVE to complete this online process in order to update addresses, phone numbers, health concerns, emergency contact information, transportation requests, etc. (This electronic form replaces the paper family emergency medical form.) 
Please be aware that these forms MUST be updated every year for every student. 
NOTE: Students are not permitted to attend school field trips until their returning student registration has been completed.

If you currently have a Parent Portal account and are ready to begin updating your students' records please click Returning Student Emergency Medical and Contact Information Update

Athletic Ticket Information
Defiance High School and Defiance Middle School will continue to take cash at the gate for those fans unable to utilize on-line ticketing.
Quality Profile 2021-2022

A successful school district places a high degree of importance on ensuring that all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential inside and outside the classroom. The Quality Profile helps characterize the overall educational value of your school district in areas that matter most in our community. The content of the Defiance City Schools Quality Profile are Fiscal Stewardship, Academics, Arts, Student Services, Student Leadership and Activities and Parent and Community Involvement. Quality Profile 2021-2022

Defiance City Schools Updates Our Family Communication System
Defiance City Schools has updated our family contact system - SchoolMessenger. When families now log into the ParentPortal along with viewing your students(s) grades, attendance and schedules you will also see a link for SchoolMessenger. By following this link you will be able to customize which phone number will receive what type of message from the school whether that message is a general notification, attendance notification or an emergency message. Please click HERE to learn more
Attention Families! Defiance City Schools has a new program to take payments for school fees and chromebook...
Defiance City Schools is now taking payments online through! Pay when it’s most convenient for you with a computer or mobile device. This is for chromebook insurance and student fees only; lunch payments will still be made through K12-Mealsplus.  Save time and be confident that your payment makes it where it needs to go. You can pay online with debit or credit cards. In addition, you can use Auto-Replenish to save time and worry!
American Rescue Plan (ARP) ESSER document for Defiance City Schools Continuity of Services Plan
Please visit the American Rescue Plan (ARP) ESSER document for Defiance City Schools Continuity of Services Plan.  DCS welcomes community feedback in regards to the ARP ESSER plan.

Defiance High School and Defiance Middle School will continue to take cash at the gate for those fans unable to utilize on-line ticketing.

Defiance City Schools Is Hiring
Defiance City Schools is hiring!!!
IDEA Public Hearing Notice

Defiance City Schools will soon be receiving notice of our IDEA, Part B fund allocations administered through the Office of Exceptional Children, Ohio Department of Education.  These federal dollars are made available under the provision of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Entitlements are based upon the number of resident children with disabilities, age 3 through 21, who are provided appropriate special education programs by the school district.


The district is required to provide notice of a public hearing in which the public will be able to provide comments on how the district plans to spend its IDEA funds.  If you wish to provide comments, please attend the hearing on May 25th, 2:00pm to 3:00pm, virtually, at

Hiring Information
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