|Corry Area School District|
540 East Pleasant Street
Crawford, Erie, Warren,
|Enrollment||2288 pupils in 2010.|
|• Grade 1||154|
|• Grade 2||157|
|• Grade 3||152|
|• Grade 4||149|
|• Grade 5||152|
|• Grade 6||168|
|• Grade 7||197|
|• Grade 8||181|
|• Grade 9||181|
|• Grade 10||224|
|• Grade 11||203|
|• Grade 12||227|
|• Other||Enrollment is projected to decline to 1900 pupils by 2010|
The Corry Area School District is a midsized, rural, public school district which spans portions of three counties in northwestern Pennsylvania. In Crawford County it covers the Borough of Spartansburg and Sparta Township. In Erie County it covers the City of Corry, the Borough of Elgin and Concord Township and Wayne Township. In Warren County it covers Columbus Township and Spring Creek Township. The district encompasses 241 square miles. According to 2000 federal census data, it serves a resident population of 14,883. In 2009, the district residents’ per capita income was $16,881, while the median family income was $40,063. In the Commonwealth, the median family income was $49,501 and the United States median family income was $49,445, in 2010. Per District officials, in school year 2007-08, the Corry Area School District provided basic educational services to 2,448 pupils. It employed 195 teachers, 116 full-time and part-time support personnel, and 16 administrators. Corry Area School District received more than $18.1 million in state funding in school year 2007-08.
The district operates Corry Area High School (9th through12th), Corry Area Middle School (6th through 8th), Corry Intermediate School (3rd through 5th), \ Corry Primary School (Pre-K through 2nd) The district also operates the Corry Area Career and Technical Center.
Corry Area School District is governed by 9 individually elected board members (serve four-year terms), the Pennsylvania State Board of Education, the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The federal government controls programs it funds like Title I funding for low-income children in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the No Child Left Behind Act, which mandates the district focus resources on student success in acquiring reading and math skills.
The Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives Sunshine Review gave the school board and district administration a "F" for transparency based on a review of "What information can people find on their school district's website". It examined the school district's website for information regarding; taxes, the current budget, meetings, school board members names and terms, contracts, audits, public records information and more.
"'The mission of the Corry Area School District is to prepare students to be lifelong learners and responsible citizens in a competitive global society."'
Corry Area School District was ranked 444th out of 498 Pennsylvania school districts in 2011, by the Pittsburgh Business Times. The ranking was based on four years of student academic performance on the reading, writing, math and two years of science PSSAs.
In 2009, the academic achievement of the students of Corry Area School District was in the 10th percentile among 500 Pennsylvania school districts. Scale - (0-99; 100 is state best)
In 2011, the graduation rate was 90%. In 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued a new, 4-year cohort graduation rate. High School's rate was % for 2010.
In 2011, the school achieved AYP status. In 2010, the school was in Making Progress: in School Improvement I status.
According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 23% of Corry Area High School graduates required remediation in mathematics and or reading before they were prepared to take college level courses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education or community colleges. Less than 66% of Pennsylvania high school graduates, who enroll in a four-year college in Pennsylvania, will earn a bachelor's degree within six years. Among Pennsylvania high school graduates pursuing an associate degree, only one in three graduate in three years. Per the Pennsylvania Department of Education, one in three recent high school graduates who attend Pennsylvania's public universities and community colleges takes at least one remedial course in math, reading or English.
The high school offers a dual enrollment program. This state program permits high school students to take courses, at local higher education institutions, to earn college credits. Students remain enrolled at their high school. The courses count towards high school graduation requirements and towards earning a college degree. The students continue to have full access to activities and programs at their high school. The college credits are offered at a deeply discounted rate. The state offered a small grant to assist students in costs for tuition, fees and books Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions. For the 2009-10 funding year, the school district received a state grant of $46,670 for the program.
By law, all Pennsylvania secondary school students must complete a project as a part of their eligibility to graduate from high school. The type of project, its rigor and its expectations are set by the individual school district. Corry Area High School students must complete 25 hours of volunteer work and an Electronic Career Portfolio on Choices.
By Pennsylvania School Board regulations, for the graduating classes of 2015 and 2016, students must demonstrate successful completion of secondary level course work in Algebra I, Biology, English Composition, and Literature for which the Keystone Exams serve as the final course exams. Students’ Keystone Exam scores shall count for at least one-third of the final course grade.