PSD Earns High Marks for STEM Education, Athletics

A Pittsburgh-based website that uses rigorous analysis and reviews from students, parents, and residents to help people understand what are the potential strengths and weaknesses of schools, has given the Pennridge School District high marks in two specific areas.

Niche.com ranked PSD in the top 10 percent of school districts in Pennsylvania for STEM education. The ranking is based on math SAT and ACT scores, math state test scores and enrollment in advanced math and science courses. They also incorporated data from the U.S. Department of Education as well as student and parent reviews in their methodology.

The recognition comes as the District is introducing a revamped STEM curriculum in its three middle schools to provide a solid foundation and help prepare students to focus on STEM fields to meet the increased demands of rapidly evolving technology careers.

"I think this ranking says a lot about the School Board’s commitment to a 21st Century education, and about our administrators and teachers for their dedication to delivering a world-class education," said Superintendent Dr. Jacqueline A. Rattigan. "Well done to all involved!"

PSD also fared well in the area of athletics. Niche ranked the District's high school sports program among the top 50 in the state based on student and parent reviews, as well as the number of boys and girls participating in each sport offered. Private schools were not ranked.

Here are just a few of the high school's athletic team accomplishments from the past year:
  • Cheerleading: Conference and District Champions, 2nd in the State
  • Girls Soccer: Conference Champions, 2nd place in the District Playoffs, finished in top 8 in the state
  • Wrestling: Conference Team Tournament Championship
  • Bowling: The girls team won the Conference Championship
  • Boys Indoor Track and Field: Finished 8th at the State Championship
  • Boys Spring Track and Field: Won the Conference Championship
  • Boys Volleyball: Won the District Championship
  • Boys Track: Won the District Championship 
The high school's Field Hockey and Girls Basketball team were named winners of the Conference Team Sportsmanship Award as voted on by opposing coaches.

"Congratulations to all our student-athletes and their coaches for representing the District in such a fine manner," said Dr. Rattigan.