“Ohio’s Largest Playground” is Warren County, and Mason is nested there as an “anchor”. According to Money Magazine, Mason is #7 in the list of best places to live and the “top-ranking city in Ohio”. Modern-day downtown Mason was once farmland, simply 640 acres purchased by William Mason, a Revolutionary War Veteran who purchased the acreage in 1803. Mason was incorporated as a city in 1971, and covers 18 square miles, and is the home of “30,000 people and over 500 businesses.”
Mason is located almost in the middle between Dayton and Cincinnati. Mason is 22 miles north of Cincinnati and 28 miles south of Dayton, Ohio. The city is in Warren County. Mason is also between I-71 an I-75, but only a few miles north of I-275, which provides quick access to many places in the area.
Mason City Schools is ranked as “one of Ohio’s best public schools.” Educating over 10,000 students in the school district, Mason City Schools has one early childhood education center, one elementary school, one intermediate school, one middle school and one high school. The Mason City School district spends over $10,000 to educate each student in the district. According to their report card, Mason City Schools receive an A in every area, including testing and achievement. According to School Digger, Mason High School is ranked 16th out of 762 public schools in Ohio. In 2013, the average math score was 98.8 and the average reading score was 98.9 for High school students. The teacher student ratio is 1:19 at the high school. The high school ranked higher than 97.9% of high schools in Ohio for 2013.
Western Row Elementary School educates 2nd and 3rd graders, while the Early Childhood Education Center educates preschoolers, kindergarteners and first graders. Both of these schools offer extended care for students whose parents work late into the day. The student teacher ratio at Western Row, according to School Digger, is 20 to 1. Also, according to School Digger, the ratio of students to teacher at the Early Childhood Education Center is 25 to 1. The Intermediate school serves grades 4-6 and offers drama club, 5th grade chorus and bowling in addition to other athletics, Destination Imagination, Academic enrichment and intervention for students who need those services. The intermediate school focuses on pre-adolescent children, serving them to meet their needs, and the teacher student ratio is 1 to 20. Mason Middle School serves students in grades 7-8. The school ranked higher than 98.9% of middle schools in Ohio for 2013, according to School Digger, and their average test scores in math were 97.3 and in reading a 97.4. The student teacher ratio is 17 to 1.
Also located in the city of Mason is the Kings Local School district. The district has four elementary schools, one junior high school and one high school, and 4,000 students enrolled in the six schools. The JF Burns Elementary School ranked higher than 94.5% of elementary schools in Ohio for the 2013 school year, according to School Digger. The teacher student ratio for the school is 1 to 19. Kings Mills Elementary School ranked higher than 98.4% of elementary schools in Ohio for 2013, and South Lebanon Elementary School ranked higher than 97.3% of elementary schools in Ohio for 2013. The teacher student ratio for South Lebanon is 1 to 18. Columbia Elementary School serves students in grades 5-6, and Kings Junior High serves students in grades 7-8, and is rated “Excellent” in the state of Ohio, according to the school’s website.
Private Schools in Mason
St. Susanna, located on Reading Road, is a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. The school serves students in grade kindergarten through 8th grade, and has 725 students enrolled. 46% of the teachers hold advanced degrees. Tuition for families with one child is approximately $3500. The class size, depending on the grade level, fluctuates from 25-28 students in a classroom. St. Susanna uses the “Graded Course of Study” developed by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati as its curriculum.
Royalmont Academy is a Catholic school, serving students in grade K-8. They will be adding a high school in 2014. Located on Western Row Road, in the Kings Local School District, the school has been operating at this location for a decade. Originally located in Oakley, Royalmont was started by a group of families “with the vision of creating a school with high academic standards and meaningful, Catholic religious formation.”
Mars Hill Academy is “Cincinnati’s only independent K-12 classical and Christian school. Part of a growing movement to revive classical and Christian education, Mars Hill is one of just 29 accredited members nationwide of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools. Learn more about Mars Hill’s founding here.” Mars Hill is located in Mason, Ohio off of I-71 near King’s Island Amusement Park. Mars Hill is one of 29 schools accredited through Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS). The primary goal of ACCS is to “promote, establish, and equip schools committed to a classical approach to education in the light of a Christian worldview.” Mars Hill allows no more than 14 students per kindergarten class, but allows up to 22 students in every other grade at the school.
Mason Parks and Recreation
Mason has several beautiful parks in and around the city. Whether you want to find a park where you can walk your dog or take a stroll with a loved one, Mason has a park for you. Pine Hill Lakes Park encompasses 82 acres on Kings Mills Road and offers fishing, children’s playground, paved paths, nature trails, and much more. The park also has a Wildlife Habitat, “certified by the National Wildlife Federation.” Heritage Oak Park is on North 42 and covers 79 acres of land. This park has soccer and baseball fields, charcoal grills, concession stand during baseball season and much more to offer. Mason Sports Park is unique in that it houses a 9-hole disc golf course in addition to the traditional nature trails, paved paths and athletic fields for football, soccer, baseball and softball. The Corwin M. Nixon Park is a dog-lover’s dream. Your lovely canine can get plenty of exercise on the 47 acres, located on Mason-Montgomery Road, and then quench his thirst at the doggie water fountain. This park is also great because it has a public swimming pool as well as picnic shelters.
King’s Island is one the largest attractions in the Cincinnati area, not to mention that it’s in the heart of Mason, Ohio. Within minutes you can be enjoying the amusement park, filled with roller coasters, delicious food, entertaining shows and music and fun games. Soak City, King’s Island’s waterpark, is where many Mason residents and Cincinnati locals spend their summer days. King’s Island also hosts a very scary “Halloween Haunt” in the fall months. Spend an entire day or simply go to the park within minutes and spend a couple of hours at the park.
The Mason Community Center is located on Mason-Montgomery Road and is a place for the whole family to stay healthy and active. The community center offers many different exercise programs and classes, a gymnasium, a therapy pool, a competition pool and a leisure pool. Depending on what type of membership you have, you receive exclusive benefits to the facility.
Things that make Mason special
Mason Veterans Memorial was dedicated in 2003, and is a place where we remember “the men and women who served our country in the armed forces.” “The main feature of the memorial is a set of 10 pillars representing the 10 major conflicts in American history. The height of each pillar is proportional to the number of casualties in the war. At the end of the row is a low stone representing the hope for peace and the end to casualties in war.’
Becoming quite popular is Painting With a Twist . PWAT “is a one of a kind, NO experience necessary, adult art session! During your class you will laugh, sing, dance, paint, eat & drink and leave relaxed and happy with your original artwork ready to hang! PWAT is a great place to have fun with your friends, have a date night, celebrate special events & holidays, or simply relax and let your hair down! You will love this experience and surprise yourself with your hidden talents! Find out why EVERYONE is talking about Painting with a Twist!”
The Beach Waterpark “enjoys a 27-year history of being a leader in the entertainment and waterpark industry. This unique, tropical park offers a lush get-a-way that is close to home and features over 40 slides and entertainment attractions for kids of all ages. Must see’s” include a new, heated wave pool and interactive kids play area with multiple slides and a 600-gallon dumping bucket. New attractions abound with all your favorite thrill and chill rides now featuring new designs and color schemes.
The Great Wolf Lodge and Conference Center is another attraction in Mason. Located right next door to King’s Island, it offers a nice place to stay as a getaway from the normal, every day hectic world we live in. Take the kids to the pool, relax in the sun as you enjoy the nice accommodations of the lodge. The lodge has themed suites, premium suites and standard suites, deals to meet everyone’s budget.
According to Cincy.com “the Tennis Masters Series draws world class men’s and women’s professional tennis every summer, brining reputable players such as Andre Agassi, Serena Williams and Roger Federer.”
Deerfield Towne Center is where everyone goes to shop, see movies and eat delicious food. Every store you can imagine is located in DTC. Every restaurant known to mankind is located here as well. Whether you are in the mood for Asian, Indian, Italian or Mexican, Deerfield Towne Center can service your needs. Shopping for children, yourself, or just browsing, there is something for everyone at the Deerfield Towne Center.