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Armstrong School District
Working Together for Academic Excellence
Address
410 Main Street
Ford City, Pennsylvania, Armstrong, Indiana, 16226
United States
Information
Type Public
Superintendent William H. Kerr, Ed.D.
Teaching staff 486
Grades PreK-12
Enrollment 5578 (2009-10)
Kindergarten 461
Grade 1 409
Grade 2 390
Grade 3 417
Grade 4 457
Grade 5 463
Grade 6 423
Grade 7 484
Grade 8 479
Grade 9 472
Grade 10 491
Grade 11 332
Grade 12 300
Other Enrollment projected to decline by 250 by 2015
Publication Network
Website

The Armstrong School District is a public school district. In Armstrong County, Pennsylvania the district covers the Boroughs of Applewold, Atwood, Dayton, Elderton, Ford City, Ford Cliff, Kittanning, Manorville, Rural Valley, West Kittanning and Worthington and Bethel Township, Boggs Township, Burrell Township, Cadogan Township, Cowanshannock Township, East Franklin Township, Kittanning Township, Manor Township, North Buffalo Township, Pine Township, Plumcreek Township, Rayburn Township, South Bend Township, Valley Township, Washington Township, Wayne Township and West Franklin Township. In Indiana County, Pennsylvania the district covers the Borough of Smicksburg and West Mahoning Township. The district operates three Junior/Senior High Schools, one Senior High School, one Junior High School, one Technical School and seven Elementary Schools. The district was established 1966 when Pennsylvania consolidated several smaller school districts.

The mission statement of the Armstrong School District is 'The Armstrong School District, in partnership with our families and communities, will graduate educationally prepared, productive, morally responsible individuals'.

Contents

Board of education

The Armstrong School District's Board of Education consists of the following people.[1]

  • Rose M. Stitt - President
  • Dr. James A. Solak - Vice President
  • Christopher E. Choncek
  • Joseph D. Close
  • Michael J. Markilinski
  • John L. Monroe, Jr
  • James T. Rearic
  • D. Royce Smeltzer
  • Sara J. Yassem
  • Lee V. Price - Solicitor
  • Linda J. Shirley - Board Secretary
  • Eric A. Brandenburg - Board Treasurer

Current as of 18 January 2010. Current information can be found on the school district website: Armstrong School District Website

Schools

The following is a list of schools in the Armstrong School District.[2]

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Elementary schools

  • West Hills Primary School
  • West Hills Intermediate School
  • Kittanning Township Elementary
  • Lenape Elementary School
  • Dayton Elementary School
  • Elderton Elementary School
  • Shannock Valley Elementary School

Junior high schools

Senior high schools

Special schools

  • Lenape Technical School[1]

Closed schools

  • East Franklin Elementary School (Closed)
  • North Buffalo Elementary School (Closed)
  • Elderton Jr./Sr. High School (Closed since 2008-2009 school year)[3]
  • Shannock Valley Jr/Sr High School (Closed)

Academic Achievement

Armstrong School District was ranked 72 out of 105 Western Pennsylvania School Districts in 2009 by the Pittsburgh Business Times. The ranking was based on three years of student academic performance on the PSSAs for math, reading, writing and science.[4] In 2008 the school ranked 67th.

Graduation Rate:
2009 - 92%[5]
2008 - 91%

PSSA Results
11th Grade Reading
2009 - 60% on grade level. In Pennsylvania, 65% of 11th graders on grade level.
2008 - 64%, State - 65%

11th Grade Math:
2009 - 46% on grade level. In Pennsylvania, 56% of 11th graders are on grade level.[6]
2008 - 49%, State - 56%

By School

* Ford City JSHS
Graduation Rate:
2009 - 91%[7]
2008 - 93%

11th Grade Math:
2009 - 63% on grade level. In Pennsylvania, 56% of 11th graders are on grade level.
2008 - 52%, State - 56%

11th Grade Science:
2009 - 44% on grade level. State: 40% of 11th graders were on grade level.
2008 - 25%

* Kittanning SHS
Graduation Rate:
2009 - 87%[8]
2008 - 89%

11th Grade Math:
2009 - 60% on grade level. In Pennsylvania, 56% of 11th graders are on grade level.
2008 - 46%, State - 56%

11th Grade Science:
2009 - 48% on grade level. State: 40% of 11th graders were on grade level.
2008 - 37%

* West Shamokin JSHS
Graduation Rate:
2009 - 100%[9]
2008 - 92%

11th Grade Math:
2009 - 71% on grade level. In Pennsylvania, 56% of 11th graders are on grade level.[10]
2008 - 48%, State - 56%

11th Grade Science:
2009 - 29% on grade level. State: 40% of 11th graders were on grade level.
2008 - 27%

* Elderton JSHS
Graduation Rate:
2009 - 97%[11]
2008 - 92%

11th Grade Math:
2009 - 37% on grade level. In Pennsylvania, 56% of 11th graders are on grade level.[12]
2008 - 60%, State - 56%

11th Grade Science:
2009 - 28% on grade level. State: 40% of 11th graders were on grade level.
2008 - 35%

Armstrong School District was ranked 283rd out of the 498 ranked Pennsylvania School Districts in 2008 by the Pittsburgh Business Times. The ranking was based on student academic performance as demonstrated in 3 years of PSSA results.[13]

Cyber Education

As of the 2008-2009 school year, the Armstrong School District is offering its Cyber Academy. It is available for students in grades 7 through 12. The school district's cyber school is an alternative to other statewide public cyber charter schools, such as the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School[14]. See: Education in Pennsylvania.

Budget

In the 2009-2010 budget year the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania provided a 2.20% increase in Basic Education funding for a total of $28,716,028. This was the lowest percentage point increase, in Basic Education Funding, for the school districts in Armstrong County. Two county school districts received increases of over 5% in Basic Education Funding. The state Basic Education Funding to the district in 2008-09 was $28,096,880.49. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2366 students received free or reduced lunches due to low family income in the 2007-2008 school year.[15]

School district officials applied for the Race to the Top federal grant. When approved for the grant, the district will receive millions of additional federal dollars for improving student academic achievement. [16]

The district received an extra $5,641,209 in ARRA - Federal Stimulus money to be used in specific programs like special education and meeting the academic needs of low income students.[17]

The district is funded by a combination of: a local earned income tax, a property tax, a real estate transfer tax, grants, coupled with substantial funding from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the federal government.

College Remediation and Dual Enrollment

According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 20% of Armstrong School District graduates required remediation in mathematics and or reading before they were prepared to take college level courses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education or community colleges. [18]

Dual enrollment courses allow college-bound students to earn college-level credit for courses taken high school. These courses count towards both high school and college graduation requirements. Students in the dual enrollment program retain full access to the district's extracurricular programs.

A total of 20 dual enrollment course options are currently available in the district throughout the school year in areas such as Music, Art, Psychology, Anthropology, Algebra, Calculus, Microeconomics, Spanish, French, History, and Political Science. ASD partners with Indiana University of PA (IUP), Butler County Community College (BC3) and California University of PA (Cal U) to offer these courses. The course costs are deeply discounted up to 75% off.

Extracurriculars

The district offers a variety of clubs, activities and sports.

By Pennsylvania law, all K-12 students in the district, including those who attend a private nonpublic school, cyber charter school, charter school and those homeschooled, are eligible to participate in the extracurricular programs including all athletics. They must meet the same eligibility rules as the students enrolled in the district's schools. [19]

References

  1. ^ http://www.asd.k12.pa.us/1574101211122929963/site/default.asp
  2. ^ http://www.asd.k12.pa.us/157410116145728803/site/default.asp
  3. ^ Closing of Elderton Jr-Sr High School
  4. ^ Western Pennsylvania School District Rankings, Pittsburgh Business Times, May 15, 2009.
  5. ^ Armstrong School District Report Card 2009 http://paayp.emetric.net/District/SchoolList/c3/128030852
  6. ^ 2009 PSSAs: Reading, Math, Writing and Science Results http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/school_assessments/7442
  7. ^ Ford City Junior Senior High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2009
  8. ^ Kittanning Senior High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2009
  9. ^ West Shamokin Junior Senior High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2009
  10. ^ 2009 PSSAs: Reading, Math, Writing and Science Results http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/school_assessments/7442
  11. ^ Elderton Junior Senior High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2009
  12. ^ 2009 PSSAs: Reading, Math, Writing and Science Results http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/school_assessments/7442
  13. ^ Pennsylvania Public School Rankings, Pittsburgh Business Times. May 23, 2007.
  14. ^ http://www.asd.k12.pa.us/157410102142612460/site/default.asp
  15. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education Funding Report by LEA 2009.
  16. ^ Pennsylvania's 'Race to the Top' Fueled by Effective Reforms, Strong Local Support http://www.education.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=7201&PageID=510952&mode=2&contentid=http://pubcontent.state.pa.us/publishedcontent/publish/global/news_releases/governor_s_office/news_releases/pennsylvania_s__race_to_the_top__fueled_by_effective_reforms__strong_local_support.html
  17. ^ [http:/http://www.recovery.pa.gov/ Armstrong County ARRA FUNDING]
  18. ^ Pennsylvania College Remediation Report http://www.scribd.com/doc/23970364/Pennsylvania-College-Remediation-Report
  19. ^ Home-Schooled, Charter School Children Can Participate in School District Extracurricular Activities, Pennsylvania Office of the Governor Press Release, November 10, 2005

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