Montgomery, OH was founded in 1795 and describes itself as a “vibrant, high-quality, family oriented city of 10,000.” If you are local to the area, many people hear “Montgomery” and immediately think of Montgomery Inn, famous for their excellent ribs. Montgomery Inn is just one of the great places that makes up the quaint stretch of Montgomery Road in Old Montgomery. If history is your thing, you’ll be impressed by the dedication paid to honoring and preserving the past in this little town. In fact, 32 different Montgomery landmarks have been designated and a total of 8 places on the National Register of Historic Places.
Montgomery does have a dedicated fire and police service for their city. In fact, satisfaction city services is one area where Montgomery really likes to focus on. In fact, according to their website, 97% of residents surveyed said they were satisfied with city services.
As far as natural beauty, Montgomery has been recognized as a Tree City USA town for 17 years running.
- Students come from more than 40 birth countries
- Students speak a total of 30 languages
- 95.6% graduation rate
- 87.8% of students attend college
- 57 organizational activities are offered to students in grades 7-12
- 46 athletic options are offered to students in grades 7-12
- 86% of teachers have a master’s degree or doctorate
- 22 teachers have earned National Board Certification
- 76 teachers have earned Master Teacher credentials
*information accurate as of March 2014
GreatSchools.org gives Sycamore High School an overall rating of 9 out of 10.
Sycamore Junior High has about 900 students between 7th and 8th grade. GreatSchools.org gives the middle school an 8 out of 10 rating. The state of Ohio also puts out a report card on their districts, and you can view a recent Sycamore report card here.
If your students are into sports, Sycamore has quite a variety. Beyond baseball/softball, football, and basketball – which are fairly standard, you can also join in on sports like lacrosse and water polo. For a full list of sports offered at Sycamore, check out the athletics page.
There are several elementary schools in the Sycamore district:
Sycamore offers Kindergarten as well, both half and full-day. A lottery system is used to determine which students can attend the full-time kindergarten. Tuition for full-day kindergarten in Sycamore is about $3,200 per year (as of 2014). Generally if your child is 5 years old by September 30th they are eligible to register. You will need a copy of their birth certificate and immunization records along with a few other items in order to register. Click here for all the details on kindergarten in Sycamore.
Montgomery is located near where Interstate 71 and 275 intersect, about 15 miles NE of downtown Cincinnati. Without traffic, it is about a 20 minute commute to downtown. With close access to Ronald Reagan highway and the 2 interstates mentioned above, Montgomery gives you convenient access to a number of places across the greater Cincinnati area.
Montgomery Parks and Recreation
For a 5.2 square mile area, Montgomery has plenty of activities to keep you busy and entertained. Here are some of the highlights:
Montgomery Community Pool
The pool is open to more than just residents of Montgomery, but people who live in Montgomery have reduced rates for season passes to the pool. For instance, in 2014 the family full season pass is $255. Non-residents would pay $455 for a family. Here is a link to more information on the Montgomery Pool.
Montgomery reports 96 acres of green space in their 6 parks. Many are connected by bike trails, and all of them are handicap accessible.
Montgomery Park hosts the annual Independence Day festival, has a .36 mile paved trail, and is a local favorite when it comes time for sled riding!
Dulle Park has it all. Tennis courts, baseball fields, basketball courts, and a natural .67 mile trail. It has a playground for the kids, and picnic shelter that you can rent.
Pfeiffer Park is the smallest of Montgomery parks, but perhaps the most peaceful. A shaded gazebo, beautiful landscaping, and a fountain are some of the highlights.
Pioneer Park hosts the pumpkin festival every October. It also has come of the most beautiful trails and nature scenes around. Relax on the dock near Sycamore Creek, take a walk through the woods, or maybe catch a youth soccer or baseball game.
Swaim Park has a paved, .39 mile trail. History lovers will also want to check out the farmhouse circa 1832 that is on site. You can also do some fishing on Todd Pond at Swaim Park. This park also plays host to the Harvest Moon Festival each fall, which is fun for the whole family.
Weller Park is great for playing sports like volleyball, baseball, tennis and soccer. It also hosts the Truck Trot where kids can come by and pretend to drive real life fire trucks.
The city of Montgomery also goes above and beyond with their community activities like fitness classes offered in the annex building. They also host a number of youth camps for a variety of interests. You’ll definitely have opportunities to feel part of the community. Click here for more activities offered in Montgomery.
Special Events in Montgomery
As you can tell, Montgomery is a tight knit community and that is also demonstrated in the number of special events they have throughout the year.
Places That Make Montgomery Special
Farmers’ markets are all the rage these days, but Montgomery boasts a very good one. It was voted the best of the North by Cincy Magazine in 2012 – 2013 and is open on Saturday mornings from May to October. Their website keeps a current list of all the farmers and vendors that will be represented for that season. You can also follow Montgomery Farmers Market on Twitter.