The Bethel Park School District is located within the boundaries of the Municipality of Bethel Park, an outstanding, progressive and safe community, rich in history, with a strong sense of family. Located just 10 miles south of Pittsburgh, Bethel Park is a 12-square mile community of tree-lined streets and rolling hills. Close to 34,000 residents call Bethel Park “home,” making it one of the largest communities in southern Allegheny County.
The Bethel Park School District is comprised of eight schools—five elementary (grades K-4), two middle (one grades 5-6 and the other grades 7-8) and one high school (grades 9-12). The elementary schools are organized by neighborhood. Total district enrollment for the 2012-2013 school year is 4,550.
The school district has a solid reputation for providing quality instruction and exposing students to a variety of academic subjects, enhanced by a strong technology program, that includes computers and Internet access in all classrooms.
At the high school, Advanced Placement courses are offered in American and European History, English Literature and Language, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Calculus, Calculus BC, Micro and Macro Economics, Java, Spanish, French, German and Latin. Recent course offerings at the high school include: Honors English 12, Writing Skills, Newspaper Journalism, Media Literacy: TV, Film, Internet, Advertising; Honors American History II, The China Experience, AP Computer Science JAVA, and Advanced Web Page Design.
Extracurricular opportunities are plentiful and increase with each grade level. In addition to athletics (27 varsity, 17 junior varsity, 9 freshman and 14 middle school teams, as well as four club sports), there are more than 12 clubs and activities available to students at the middle schools and over 20 at the high school. The high school produces a fall play and spring musical, in which more than 150 students participate.
The United States Department of Education awarded a National Blue Ribbon for Excellence in Education to Independence Middle School in 1992-93 and 1997-98, which places the school among the top one percent of schools in the nation.
Parent involvement at all schools is high, with active PTA, PTO and PTSO groups functioning in all of the schools and meeting monthly with district administration as a Council to discuss district-wide issues and share information. Sports and Club Booster Groups actively promote the district’s teams and organizations. Community involvement is encouraged with residents given the opportunity to participate on a variety of committees, including the Curriculum Committee, Budget Advisory Committee, Citizens Advisory Council for each school and the Technology Advisory Committee.
For more information about the Bethel Park School District, please contact Vicki Flotta, Director of Public Relations, at 412-854-8438.
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