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 III, English IV, Spanish, statistics and calculus AB.

The school also participates in Pennsylvania’s dual enrollment program, which gives students the opportunity to take courses at nearby universities in order to earn college credits. Schools participating in the program include Mount Aloysius College, Lock Haven University and Penn Highlands Community College.

The school and district also offer programs for mentally gifted students.

Outside of the classroom, there’s a variety of extracurriculars to participate in, including cross country, track & field, football, golf, soccer, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, baseball and softball. New students will have the chance to add to already winning programs like the 2020 wrestling team, who had a school record-breaking three medal winners in the 2020 state tournament.

Philipsburg Osceola Area High School is conveniently located halfway between State College and Clearfield, making it a smart choice for families commuting in both directions. The school is also close to wonderful outdoor amenities like Black Moshannon State Park and Moshannon State Forest.

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