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Park Forest Elementary

2181 School Dr., State College, PA 16803, 814-231-5010


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    Get to know us by taking a virtual tour of our school.

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  •  Green Ribbon School

    Congratulations, PFE!  PFE has received a 2016 US Department of Education Green Ribbon School Award.  It was a joint venture with contributions from Stacy McDermott, Carly Funk, Mimi Cooper, Amy Schirf, Van Swauger, Ed Poprik, Mike Spicer, Danny Gill, Megan Schaper, Jen Cody and Donnan Stoicovy.  All of the work PFE has done over many years from Schoolyard and its professional development elements, to composting, to gardens, to mindfulness, to physical activity, to wellness, to zero waste and all of the many sustainable activities that are done in our classrooms/school. This is a great tribute to PFE and all the hard work that makes our school a great place for learning!

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    On April 20th, our PFE Green Team was featured at a meeting of the Chesapeake Bay Project.  Although we could not attend due to PSSA testing, members of our Green Team worked with Mimi Cooper to produce an amazing video about our efforts to reach Zero Waste.  Attendees at this project meeting included Governors, Senators, Congressional Representative, Secretaries of Education and Conservation & Natural Resources.  We are proud of all of the work that has been done at our school to have 85% of the waste produced diverted from the landfill.  It is amazing to see our school's journey.  Teachers will be sharing this video with their students as part of Earth Week/Earth Day Celebrations.  Here is the link to our video, please enjoy and share our journey.

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  • Before- and After-school Program
    Looking for a before and/or after school program for your Park Forest children?
    Check out COMMUNITY EDUCATION'S EXTENDED LEARNING (CEEL) Before- and after-school Program. The program is designed to meet the needs of working parents and includes part-time options and provides extended learning opportunities for students. The after school program includes homework help, enrichment courses, physical activity and fun! A before school program is also offered.

    CEEL Office Hours:
    8:00am - 3:30 pm, Monday- Friday.
    Contact the CEEL Program: 814-231-1061. Website

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  • Updated Academic Calendar for 2016-17

    To assist you with planning, here is the 2016/17 School Calendar

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  • Starting Kindergarten?

     Please check under Headlines for more important dates regarding the upcoming school year.

    Bus Schedules for the 2016/17 school year will be available mid-August.  

    The first day of school is Monday, August 29.

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Run by students who have an interest in getting the news out to the Park Forest Elementary community!
Click a date below to view a 2015-16 WPFE News Broadcast:
April 1, 2016 - Orff and The History of April Fools 
February 12, 2016 - Valentines and Dalmatians!
December 18, 2015- Holiday Show 
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About Us

Welcome to Park Forest Elementary School

A caring community of learners connecting our learning to the world outside.

Home of the PFE Penguins

Our school community includes 484 students with approximately 100 staff members, including 51 teachers, 46 support staff and 7 PSU interns, supporting them. We are one of nine elementary schools in the State College Area School District.

Park Forest Elementary is a K-5 school dedicated to the historic purpose of schooling: preparing young people to participate thoughtfully and actively in our democratic society. Our practices are based on the principle that the role of education in a democracy is to sensitize young people to the delicate balance between individual growth and community responsibility.

Recently, we were selected as one of ten schools in the United States as a School of Success by the Education Commission of the States' (ECS) National Center for Learning and Citizenship for the civic engagement of students through service learning.

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Contact Us

 Office: (814) 231-5010
Fax: (814) 235-4588
Address: 2181 School Drive, State College PA 16803
Safe At School notification
(to call if you know your child will arrive late or be absent)
(814) 231-5017

School hours are 8:44 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.

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