School Highlight

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...

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 Highlight: State College Area High School

For many families making the move to Centre County, finding the perfect school district 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 here, but it may come as a surprise that the school offers such breadth in coursework. Take, for example, the language department, which offers Arabic, Chinese,...