The Slippery Rock Area School District encompasses a rural area approximately 50 miles north of Pittsburgh in northwestern Butler County. The close proximity to numerous recreational areas and educational institutions in and around the Pittsburgh metro area provides residents a "best of two worlds" to live, work and raise their families. The total area of the district is 140 miles and is the home to 20,600 residents. The population of Slippery Rock Area School District is located throughout the boroughs and townships of Slippery Rock, Harrisville, West Liberty, Brady, Worth, Portersville, Prospect , Muddy Creek, Mercer and Franklin. Slippery Rock University, Moraine State Park, Jennings Nature Reserve and the historical Old Stone House are all located within the district.
The District serves approximately 2150 students in two elementary schools, a middle school and a high school. Busing is provided for all students within the district. The largest employer in the District is Slippery Rock University.
The 2015-2016 budget was $30,419,636. A mill accounts for a net of $133,400 per mill. Within the past two years, a high school renovation of the auditorium and a new football stadium has been completed. The school district has made a strong commitment to improving technology with upgrades to labs, teacher desk computers, and Internet access. Staff members maintain individual webpages, parents can access grades and attendance online, and numerous web and server based programs benefit the District's daily operations.
The Slippery Rock Area School District operates with four school buildings.
The organizational structure includes two elementary buildings (Moraine and Slippery Rock
Area) serving students from Kindergarten to fifth grade. Kindergarten students attend full-day sessions and, in grades one through five, teachers in self-contained classrooms deliver a progressive instructional program. All grades report to special subject teachers and all grade levels receive computer instruction.
Slippery Rock Middle School serves students in grades six through eight.
The Middle School offers elective courses and students are encouraged to participate in co-curricular activities.
The High School serves students in grades nine through twelve and offers formal programs that meet the needs of students with academic and vocational-technical interests. Nine Advanced Placement classes and dual enrollment courses are offered to high school students. Fifty-two percent of high school graduates pursue post-secondary education, fifteen percent attend a two year college/Junior College, six percent attend Vocational/Technical school, five percent attend the Military, six percent enter the workforce and fifteen percent of the graduating students were undecided.
For two consecutive years, the Slippery Rock Area High School has been the Recipient of the Governor's Award for Excellence in Academics. The Pittsburgh Business Times ranked Slippery Rock High School 31st of all high schools in Western Pennsylvania for academic achievement.
Class sizes within the District are appropriate for students' developmental levels and monitored closely to provide optimal attention and response to students' needs. Instruction occurs at
students' developmental levels and opportunities for acceleration and enrichment are included in academic programming.
The Slippery Rock Area School District's curriculum provides students with an integrated and comprehensive course of study, along with opportunities for exploratory learning. The District operates instructional programs at various levels to meet individual needs including Advanced Placement courses, gifted and special needs individualized instruction along with learning support classes. Students with highly specialized needs receive service through the Intermediate Unit or at an approved private school. The instruction is provided by 100% highly qualified teaching staff who are skilled at engaging students and providing a rich educational experience.
The District is one of 27 public school districts that comprise the Midwestern Intermediate Unit (IU #4). There is a strong relationship among the member districts, with Superintendents, Curriculum Coordinators, Principals and other administrative personnel. The various districts meet monthly with their counterparts to collaborate, share best practices, and problem solve.