The Joseph Badger Local School District will provide academic excellence to all students through an effective and challenging learning environment that encourages students to become independent thinkers and lifelong learners. The new Joseph Badger School opened September 5, 2006 with the first day of classes for students. Badger Elementary, Middle and High School form a 175,000 square foot state of the art K-12 facility that services the largest geographical school district in Trumbull County. Students attending the Joseph Badger School, named after a circuit riding minister, Reverend Joseph Badger reside in Gustavus, Hartford, Kinsman, Orangeville or Vernon Township.

There is also a small population of open enrollment students attending from neighboring school districts.Joseph Badger offers a diversified curriculum including Kindergarten/Enrichment and college preparatory courses which include five high school advanced placement (AP) classes. Badger Middle School is one of the select schools in Ohio to offer three grade eight classes earning high school credit; French, Algebra and Intro to Physics and Chemistry.  Joseph Badger offers a comprehensive co-curricular program coinciding with academic offerings and an interscholastic sports program which personifies team play, opponent respect and continued sportsmanship in all contests.


Visit the Joseph Badger Cross Country & Nature Trail behind the school. The trail winds approximately .7 miles through the hardwood forest west of the school. Park your car behind the school and walk toward the trees, past the track and baseball/softball fields. You will see one of two signs that lead to the woodland trail entrance. As you meander along the path, you will come across signs indicating native tree species. If you are unsure of where the trail turns, look for red & white blazes on trees alongside the trail. The trail is easy and level.

Recent trail additions were made by Senior Girl Scout, Robin Forsha, as part of her Gold Award Project. She added 2 signs at the trail entrances, 17 signs identifying trees, blazes on trees to mark the path, and a culvert just inside the north entrance.  Robin’s project was sponsored by Hodge Foundry, 84 Lumber, Valley Lumber, The Home Depot, Arrowhead Transport, Buckeye Bulk, Buck’s Ground Maintenance and Ace Hardware of Kinsman.

Trail Map 

Joseph Badger Cross Country & Nature Trail Survey

News and Events


Student Early Release

December 7, 2015 – 2 hours

December 18, 2015 – 1 hour

January 11, 2016 – 1 hour

February 8, 2016 – 1 hour

June 1, 2016 – 1 hour

2/1  BES PTO Meeting

2/6  Trumbull County Kindergarten Transition Fair, Center Court Eastwood Mall

2/8 One Hour Early Dismissal

2/10  Choir Concert Gr. 3  7PM

2/11  BES Valentine’s Day Parties

2/17  School Board Meeting

2/18  BES Skating Party

2/19  Progress Reports