Creating Opportunities for Success!

Kindergarten and Pre-K Registration Open

Indian Creek Implementing Leadership Model

ICMS Teacher Receives CORAS Award

Why Choose Creek?

$15K Grant for Hellbender Project

Teacher Spotlight

Creek Competes

Creek Prepares

Kindergarten and Preschool Registration Now Open!

Kindergarten and Preschool registration and screenings are starting soon for the 2023-2024 school year! If your child is eligible for enrollment, visit their future elementary school with their birth certificate, social security card, record of immunization, and income verification documents (Preschool only). 

Register at Hills Elementary

May 22nd and 23rd from 8:30AM – 1:30PM

Register at Cross Creek Elementary

May 24th and 25th from 9:00AM – 2:00PM

Child must accompany parent to registration/screening.
Call (740) 264-3502 Ext. 1005 with questions.
Current students do not need to register again.

Indian Creek Implementing Leadership Model

Indian Creek Local Schools will join schools across the globe in an initiative designed to build leaders. The Leader in Me model is an evidence-based, comprehensive model that builds leadership and life skills in students, creates a high-trust school culture, and lays the foundation for sustained academic achievement. About 5,000 schools around the U.S. and more than 50 countries are currently involved.  Leader in Me was developed by educators for educators and results have shown a 7-percent increase in state science test scores, a 31-percent decrease in discipline referrals, a 34-percent increase in positive social behaviors, and a 96-percent positive impact in developing leadership skills. Officials noted significant improvement in student behavior, school attendance, staff support for student academic, personal, and emotional development, family engagement, staff satisfaction, reading and math proficiency, and student-led learning, among others.

“We’re really excited about our program,” Dr. Chappelear said. “We’ll kick it off in the spring and will build it up over the next four years,” he added.

Want the Best for Your Children?

Creek is the way to go. We are just the right size – able to give each student the personalized attention they need – with all the programs that empower students to climb as high as they want!

ICMS’s DiBenedetto Receives CORAS Award


Indian Creek Middle School math teacher, Cathy DiBenedetto, received the Outstanding Middle School Teacher Award for the Indian Creek School District and was among 55 educators honored during a ceremony at Ohio University in Zanesville! She was accompanied by ICMS Principal, Dr. Holly Minch-Hick, who nominated her for the distinction, and Indian Creek Local Schools Superintendent, Dr. T.C. Chappelear. DiBenedetto said she was thrilled to earn the distinction for her work with her eighth-grade students.

“I am very appreciative to receive this award. It truly is an honor to get recognition for all the hard work that I do throughout the school year,” she continued. “Every teacher deserves recognition for their endless hours and dedication to the education field. I am grateful to be able to work with the best students, teachers, and administrators.”

She said she always longed to be in the education field and teach in the district where she earned her diploma. DiBenedetto is currently in her 20th year of teaching for Indian Creek and we are so happy to have her. Congratulations, Mrs. DiBenedetto!

IC Foundation Gives $15K for Hellbender Project


The Indian Creek Foundation has granted $15,000 to help Indian Creek High School in its efforts to develop the Hellbender Project! 

ICHS was approved to participate in this unique Program to raise the endangered salamanders and reintroduce them into the wild in a bid to revive the population. School officials are working with the the Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Columbus Zoo, the Toledo Zoo, and Perdue University and will receive its ambassador this summer. The funding from the foundation will help secure facilities for the amphibian, which will be fostered by our students.

Science teacher Crystal Fluharty is working with ICHS Assistant Principal Keith Swearingen and Interactive Media teacher Dave Moffat on the project and said it will be incorporated into CTE studies at the school.

Ruth Rees

Teacher Spotlight at Hills Elementary

This month, we honor Mrs. Ruth Rees, our Teacher Spotlight! Mrs. Rees is a 4th-grade teacher at Hills Elementary School and has worked within Indian Creek Local Schools for 34 years. Her students and co-workers are her favorite part of her job. She attended Hills Elementary as a child and her daughters were also students. She has a sense of belonging that motivates her teaching. Indian Creek is a great place for students to learn and grow because of “the sense of community and belonging,” she said. “I believe our students feel accepted, valued, and included by their teachers and peers. This sense of belonging is the heart of our district,” she continued. Her advice to students is simple – “be kind and put forth your best effort. Kindness positively affects ourselves and others. Effort will increase your motivation to succeed on many levels!” Outside of work, Mrs. Rees enjoys spending time with her friends and family. We are so proud to have Mrs. Rees as part of our school district. Her positive attitude and commitment make such a difference. Thank you for everything you’ve done, Mrs. Rees!

Creek Competes

Indian Creek High School’s Esports program gives students the opportunity to engage in activities that are exciting and competitive. Digital literacy skills are improved as students develop strategies for success within the virtual environment. The Esports program also helps to improve students’ social-emotional skills and foster teamwork. Working together as a team, students learn how to problem solve, communicate effectively, and handle disappointment gracefully. 

The Esports program at Indian Creek High School gives students the chance to explore college opportunities. The growth of Esports collegiate programs in recent years has led to the availability of Esports scholarships and increased interest in the field. Students that participate in Indian Creek’s program have the chance to explore and gain a better understanding of what it takes to get involved in a collegiate Esports program.

The Opportunity Center

Indian Creek High School students can get the extra support they need to thrive academically. The Opportunity Center is a unique classroom environment operating during the morning session of the regular school day. The Center provides educational support to students that have encountered difficulty in the general education curriculum and are at risk of not graduating. These students work on credit recovery courses and receive intense teacher support throughout the program. The Center also provides support to special needs students that have struggled to complete online courses independently. They receive accommodations and modifications through intervention specialists and the classroom teacher. We are proud to give our students the resources they need to be successful.

#CreekPrepares All Students for the Future – No matter which path they choose.

Creek’s Career Pathway Success Plan is a binder that begins for every student in 6th grade. With input from the student, parents/guardians and teacher, this organizer helps students understand their skills, aptitude and passions.

Our goal is for every student to graduate with a solid plan to enroll in college or other training, be employed in a career profession or enlist in the military.


For college bound students, Creek offers students opportunities to earn credits while still in high school in College Credit Plus. Creek also provides ACT/SAT preparation and tutoring and other college admissions support.


Creek offers career technical options that include: Information Technology, Interactive Media, Business and Administrative Services, Engineering and Science Technologies and more.


Creek educators help students at every level continually develop skills, habits and attitudes that can contribute to their success – regardless of where their life journeys take them. For many students, this aptitude is perfect for military enlistment, where they continue learning, seeing the world, and proudly serving our country.

Providing the Time and Support Students Need to be Successful.

Choose Creek for your kids.