The State College Area School District is a large, suburban-rural public district encompassing 150 square miles in Centre County. The district is the most populous in Centre County, due in part to the fact that State College is home to Penn State University - the area’s largest employer. The mission of the district is “to prepare students for lifelong success through excellence in education.”
The district is made up of nine elementary schools, three secondary schools, two middle schools, and one high school divided between two different buildings. There are also four additional public charter schools. The district draws from many surrounding areas including State College, Boalsburg, Park Forest, Pennsylvania Furnace, Port Matilda, Centre Hall, Pine Grove Mills, Lemont and Bellefonte. The school colors are maroon and gray and the SCASD mascot is the Little Lion.
Also given the nickname “Happy Valley,” State College is a thriving and dynamic community. There is never a shortage of things to do in the area. Local events are plentiful, sporting events are extremely popular with the university close by, and downtown is filled with restaurants and nightlife. Although the State College district extends into suburban areas, it encompasses plenty of farmland, state forest and gamelands too.
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