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Pennridge School District has been named one of Pennsylvania’s Great Schools


The Pennridge School District was recently designated as a Great Pennsylvania School.

The Great Pennsylvania Schools (GPS) designation recognizes Pennsylvania public schools that provide students with access to rigorous programming, are community-centric, demonstrate financial well-being, and display resilience by the Pennsylvania School Board Association. The Great PA Schools honor is a four-year designation and requires the school district to be re-evaluated every four years to retain the recognition as one of the best districts in Pennsylvania.

“I am beyond proud of our students and staff for attaining this remarkable achievement,” said Angelo Berrios, superintendent of Pennridge School District. “At Pennridge, we transcend the traditional definition of a school district; we embody a vibrant community committed to fostering academic excellence, support, and resilience. Through our rigorous curriculum, deep-rooted community connections, and prioritization of our students, we are actively crafting a brighter future for each student, every single day.”

As part of the application process, the Pennridge School District shared student, staff, and community celebration programs created over the last two years. Along with vital information for stakeholders, an equal priority has been dedicated to sharing the everyday excellence provided to Pennridge students by teachers and staff through the district’s programs.

To receive this designation, districts must meet the criteria established in each of the four categories.

– Districts that provide students with academically rigorous programming must confirm that 100% of their teachers are certified and that students have access to career and technical education, gifted education, advanced placement, and/or dual enrollment baccalaureate courses and programming.

– To demonstrate a district’s position as the centerpiece of the community, it must exemplify innovation in school programming, regularly celebrate the successes of students and staff, and provide academic and extracurricular offerings for the benefit of students. Through the district website, district communication, social media, newsletters, original “local news” style YouTube and Cable Channel programming, and internal initiatives like “Share Your PSD Great” and “S.A.I.L.”, Pennridge has set a goal to show the great events happening inside our 11 schools and several support buildings.

– The final criteria – resilience and fiscal health – measure a district’s planning efforts that ultimately lead to successful academic programming. To meet the resilience criteria, a district must implement an emergency preparedness plan and provide mental health support to students.

A district meets the financially healthy criteria by having an elected or independent auditor conduct a financial audit annually, making the final district budget available for public review before adoption, and following School Code requirements for bids and quotations when purchasing goods and services.

In addition to the Great Pennsylvania Schools designation and success stories from schools across the state, the campaign website also houses information about the role and responsibilities of a school board, how to run for a position on a local school board.

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