LOCATION: Approximately 30 miles north of Philadelphia in Bucks County, Southeast Pennsylvania
SIZE: The district encompasses approximately 95 square miles with a total population of 45,000
AREA: Eight municipalities, including the boroughs of Dublin, Perkasie, Sellersville, and Silverdale; the townships of Bedminster, East Rockhill, Hilltown, and West Rockhill. See below for a map of the district.
ENROLLMENT AND SCHOOLS: The district includes seven elementary schools (grades K–5); three middle schools (grades 6-8); and one high school (grades 9–12). Anticipated enrollments for 2016-17: at the elementary level, 3,167; in the middle schools, 1,758; and at the high school, 2,313. Total approximate enrollment is 7,238.
PROFESSIONAL STAFF: Pennridge employs approximately 490 teachers, 74 percent with advanced degrees. Approximately 445 additional staff members are employed, including part-time personnel. These staff members consist of teaching assistants, custodians, cafeteria workers, maintenance, secretaries and clerks, aides, and transportation personnel, emergency personnel, and administrators.
There are district-wide curriculum supervisors in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
Department coordinators articulate the subject areas of foreign languages, technology education, family and consumer science, physical education, business education, art, and music.
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The Pennridge School District has scheduled an ambitious curriculum renewal process that revolves around its Comprehensive Plan. The District has identified the integration of technology to improve instructional effectiveness as a top priority.
In the elementary schools, communication skills are taught throughout the curriculum. Social Studies is being connected to language arts as an interdisciplinary learning project. The emphasis is on hands-on learning in science and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards are being integrated into all mathematics instruction.
At the middle school level, students will have the opportunity to study algebra and/or a first year foreign language. More emphasis is being placed on computer literacy, both in computer education classes and throughout the curriculum. In addition to team-based instruction in academic subjects, middle school students explore a variety of specialty areas.
The high school offers a comprehensive array of rigorous course selections that allow students to prepare for college and/or a vocation. We have created a rich program of studies with more than 100 different courses which include 18 advanced placement courses, 20 offerings at the Upper Bucks County Technical School, and a variety of cybercourses. More than 84 percent of Pennridge seniors go on to college or institutions of higher learning.
Special Education Programs
Special programs and classes are available for students in need of gifted programs, life skills support, emotional support, learning support, autistic support, speech and language support, hearing support, visually impaired support and multiple disabilities support.
College Bound Students
Of the 560 students in the class of 2016, 81 percent said they would attend college or post-secondary school; 60 percent said they planned to attend four-year colleges, while 19 percent indicated they would attend two-year institutions. 13 percent of the grads said they would enter the workforce, while 4 percent said they would enlist in the military. The remaining 2 percent said they were unsure of their plans after graduation.
The Class of 2015 average SAT scores, as reported by the College Board, were: 525 in Math; 521 in Critical Reading; and 505 in Writing. Average ACT Scores were 23.7 in English, 23.7 in Math, 24.6 in Reading, and 24.1 in Science.