School Highlight

School Highlight: The Delta Program

Written by: Jon Downs

Are you looking for a unique educational opportunity for your child that focuses on relationships, community, student voice and self-advocacy? Then consider State College Area School District’s Delta Program, available to students in grades 6 through 12.

Founded upon the importance of building strong relationships between students, teachers and families, the Delta Program’s primary goal is to foster a strong sense of community; one that is a safe and nurturing educational environment for students of all backgrounds.

Begun in 1974, the program was known as the “Alternative Program,” and offered high school students...

SCHOOL HIGHLIGHT: State College Area School District- Plans for 2020-21 School Year

It's the start of the school year and many students and families are excited to be back. Students and parents have been preparing for the possibility of closed schools & switching completely to remote learning.  

Each school has created a Health and Safety Plan which serves as the local guidelines for all instructional and non-instructional school reopening activities. SCASD has a Pandemic Health and Safety plan on their website for the public to view.

State College Area School District is top-rated and the high school educates approximately 2,500 students in grades 9-12. The high school has over 400 academic and vocational courses & varieties for every child. 

Each year the District compiles data from the past year and offers it as a report to the community...

SCHOOL HIGHLIGHT: Philipsburg Osceola Senior High School

Located less than a half an hour from State College and Penn State in the quaint borough of Philipsburg, Philipsburg Osceola Senior High School is the sole high school in the Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District.

The district is one of seven school districts in Centre County. It’s bordered by Tyrone and Bald Eagle school districts to the south, and Moshannon, Clearfield, and West Branch school districts in neighborhing Clearfield County.

About 600 of the district’s 1,900 pupils attend the school, which covers 9th through 12th grade.

Rigorous academic programs are available, including AP courses like U.S. history, U.S. government, world history, chemistry, physics, biology, English...

SCHOOL HIGHLIGHT: Bellefonte Area High School

Bellefonte Area School High School, the sole high school in Bellefonte Area School District, is located in the county seat of Bellefonte, about 20 minutes east of State College. This mid-sized, generally rural school district serves nearly 1,000 students in grades 9 through 12, and employs about 70 teachers. That gives the school a 14:1 student-teacher ratio – higher than the national average for public schools.

Students are exposed to a rigorous academic schedule, with all students required to take classes in math, English, social studies, science, physical education, health, driver education theory and personal finance. Additionally, students can opt for a variety of AP classes, which are spread across the school’s course catalogue.

The district also offers a unique cyber education alternative learning program...

SCHOOL HIGHLIGHT: Bald Eagle Area High School

From classroom learning to advanced career training, Bald Eagle Area High School offers comprehensive educational opportunities for a variety of students.

Located less than 30 minutes from State College and Penn State, the high school is the flagship school in the Bald Eagle Area School District. The joint middle-high school enrolls about 950 students in grades 6 through 12, and employs almost 70 teachers.
This Centre County school district is in tune with our rapidly changing world, and aims to prepare young people for this challenge. By giving them extensive academic knowledge and skill, educators hope it will form a foundation for future success. The school offers a range of programs for this purpose.


School Highlight: Penns Valley Area High School

When choosing a school for your child, proven educational achievement within a district is important. But other factors, such as a supportive and trusting learning environment for all students, can make a huge difference as well.

The rural Penns Valley Area School District aims to provide exactly that environment – one where students strive. The district is dedicated to the well-being of each student, with a goal to produce engaged and motivated life-learners who will become contributing members of a global society.

Serving southeastern Centre County and all of Penns Valley, this district’s sole high school, Penns Valley Area High School, is located about 25 minutes from State College and Penn State, and enrolls about 670 students in grades 7th through 12th. This quality...

School Highlight: Spring Creek Elementary

Spring Creek Elementary School is one of eight elementary schools located in the State College Area School District. Opened in the fall of 2019, this new facility combines the old Lemont and Houserville elementary schools into a modern, 71,486-square-foot building, perfectly designed for education in the 21st Century.

Over 350 students in kindergarten through fifth grade attend this state-of-the-art school, which utilizes 67 faculty and staff members. It's located in the community of Houserville at 217 Scholl Street, State College, a less than 10-minute drive from Penn State's campus.

Designed to be LEED gold certified, the building is equipped with solar panels that will produce at minimum 15 percent of the electricity it uses. Water and energy usage will also be lower than a similarly sized non-LEED certified school.


School Highlight: State College Area High School

For many families making the move to Centre County, finding the perfect school district near Penn State University is a top concern.

Enter the top-rated State College Area School District, which operates 13 schools (one high, two middle and one elementary school), including the award-winning State College Area High School.


Located at 650 Westerly Parkway, State College, the high school educates approximately 2,500 students in grades 9 through 12. With over 400 academic and vocational courses, there’s a niche for nearly every child.

Students are encouraged to fill their high school career with courses that fit their individual interests and goals. The usual courses can be found...