The State College Area School District exhibits a passion for empowering every student - every day - with individualized opportunities for growth and success in a connected world. Our mission: To prepare students for lifelong success through excellence in education. 
    We are the Little Lions
    Fast Facts:
    6,894 students (May 2019)
    656 teachers
    15.60 — average years of teachers' total experience
    12.32 — average years of teachers' district experience
    23rd — State High's ranking out of 705 schools in Pennsylvania for 2018 SAT scores
    Top 9 percent — State High’s place nationally in 2019 U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools rankings (1,595th out of 17,245 schools)
    58th — State High's place among Pennsylvania high schools in 2019 U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools rankings (out of 673 schools)
    Our Schools:
    8 Elementary Schools (grades K-5)
    2 Middle Schools (grades 6-8)
    1 High School (grades 9-12)
    1 Delta Program, an alternative, democratic school for grades 5-12
    20 - average class size for K-5
    23 - average class size for 6-8

    More about us:  
    • A high-quality before and afterschool program with extended learning opportunities is available for all elementary students.
    • We have many Learning Enrichment/Gifted Support options for high achieving students.
    • The district provides a full continuum of service and support options for students with disabilities.
    • We are proud that the meals served in the SCASD cafeterias support student health and model healthy choices. Menus at all grade levels offer a variety of freshly prepared entrees that accommodate a wide range of taste and dietary preferences. Many choices of fruits and vegetables are offered each day, including fresh and locally sourced choices, making it easy for everyone to find healthy foods that they like.

    Situated in the heart of Pennsylvania, State College is a thriving, dynamic community. The State College Area School District draws its students from a 150 square mile attendance area encompassing the Borough of State College and the surrounding townships of Benner, College, Ferguson, Halfmoon, Harris, and Patton, totaling an enrollment of approximately 6,800.

    Competitive pay for teachers and challenging staff development programs help enable SCASD to select from the top personnel available.

    Throughout our district, instruction is provided at a teacher to student ratio that is developmentally appropriate to the needs of students and based on the nature of the course(s). Current class size averages for K-5 are 21, Grades 6-8 are 23, and the High School varies due to the breadth of our core and elective course offerings. 

    The District is proud of its tradition of academic excellence and service to the greater community. Yet, in spite of our long-standing record of achievement, we remain committed to innovation and continuous improvement of our programs, services and supports for our students. Our instructional focus is built on these Four Pillars:
    1. Culture of trust
    2. Responsive teaching and learning
    3. High expectations for all
    4. Welcoming and safe climate for learning and work



    • African American - 2.4%
    • Hispanic - 3.49%
    • Multi-Racial - 5.08%
    • Asian - 8.02%
    • White - 80.75%
    • Economically Disadvantaged - 16.5%
    • English Language Learner - 3.43%
    • Special Education 10.5%

    Educational Opportunities


    The District's nine elementary schools pride themselves on:

    • emphasizing respect for self and others
    • celebrating diversity
    • providing a nurturing environment with active parent involvement
    • holding children to high academic and behavioral standards
    • providing an elementary failsafe support program
    • promoting excellence for all children

    We are able to capitalize on local strengths and history, a rich curriculum, a community service orientation, leadership in technology applications, and local environmental consciousness.

    Middle Level

    Instruction in grades 6 - 8 is delivered at two middle schools, Park Forest and Mount Nittany Middle Schools, by interdisciplinary teams of teachers to heterogeneous groups of learners. In addition to the core curriculum, students engage in:

    • exploratory courses in family and consumer sciences
    • technology education
    • foreign languages (German, Spanish and French)
    • English as a Second Language program (offered at all levels)

    Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, Delta introduced the Delta Middle Level program for grades 5 to 8 with 80 students, and it currently has 100.

    High School

    The State College Area High School, housed in two high school buildings on Westerly Parkway, is expected to have an enrollment of approximately 2,500 in grades 9 through 12. It offers a comprehensive program consisting of more than 400 academic and vocational courses.

    The secondary curriculum is comprehensive, providing courses in academic, vocational, business, and agricultural areas. The English, social studies, math, and science departments provide courses of differing degrees of difficulty. Students are encouraged to plan their high school programs to best fit their individual interests, abilities, and goals. World language courses are offered in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Latin and Spanish. Offerings in the fine arts and instrumental and vocal music are varied. A full complement of elective courses rounds out the curriculum. Computer labs and laptop carts are available in the secondary schools, and technology is integrated into many courses.

    Students participate in a large number of faculty-supervised extracurricular activities such as student government, special interest and service clubs, dramatic performances, literary publications, and interscholastic/intramural athletics.

    Vocational programs are offered to students at the high school through the Career and Technical Center program,which is the home of a full complement of school-to-career training programs combining academic and technical skill preparation with work-based learning experiences.

    In addition, students in grades 7 through 12 may choose to enroll in the DELTA Program, a secondary educational option which currently serves about 150 students. DELTA learning experience options include classroom activities in the school district and Penn State University, seminars, independent study, extended field trips, career internships, community service projects, and other activities planned by the advising team. 

    District-wide Programs

    Computer technology is integrated system-wide to enhance teaching, learning, and operations at all levels. Sixty-six technology competencies are included in the K-12 curriculum. Middle and High School students and faculty regularly sweep technology education awards at regional, state, and national competitions, including top ten awards at the 2011 National Technology Student Association Conference.

    Special Education services are provided to exceptional students through specially designed instruction as well as inclusive practices. The District's Learning Enrichment Program provides differentiated learning experiences. These services are offered as general exploratory activities to all students, as group training activities to sharpen students' problem solving and research skills, and as individual and small group investigations to address specific areas of interest, knowledge, and creative ideas.

    The District offers a variety of extracurricular activities in the arts, sciences, academics, governance, languages, and for personal enrichment. These student activities are organized into more than 76 faculty-advised clubs. In addition, over 19 formal student groups provide choices in various musical activities.

    The District's active Community Education Program offers a wide variety of learning experiences for youth and adults, ranging from basic instruction leading to a high school diploma to workforce education programs.

    The Community Education Extended Learning (CEEL) before- and after-school program, established in 2013 at Park Forest and Radio Park elementary schools, expanded to ensure all district K-5 students have access to the program. CEEL also provides art, language and culture, physical activity and STEM classes. 

    Fast Facts

    Number of students: 6776 (2014-15)
    Number of elementary schools: 9
    Number of middle schools (gr. 6-8): 2
    Number of high schools (gr. 9-12): 1

    Average SAT Writing score 2015 - 530
    SAT Math score 2015 - 563
    Average SAT
    Critical Reading score 2015 - 549

    State ranking for 2015 SAT scores out of 650 schools - 24
    Number of graduating students 2015 - 594

    Faculty Scholars -112
    Percentage of graduates continuing post-graduate education/training - 82%


    State College Area School District
    240 Villa Crest Dr.
    State College, PA 16801
    The State College Area School District is an equal opportunity education institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, national origin or disability in its activities, programs, or employment practices as required by Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, and Americans with Disabilities Act. For information regarding civil rights, grievance procedures and services, or activities and facilities that are accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities, contact the Compliance Officer, State College Area School District, 240 Villa Crest Dr., State College, PA 16801, (814) 231-1051.
Last Modified on March 2, 2020