Indiana Area School District
The IASD has four elementary schools, each serving grades K-5, and each serving a different part of the district. Ben Franklin Elementary serves Shelocta, Armstrong Township and west-central White Township. Dwight David Eisenhower Elementary School serves mostly the northwest corner of White Township, but also a small strip of western and southwestern White Township and the western third of Indiana Borough. East Pike Elementary School serves the eastern third of White Township and the northeastern corner of Indiana Borough. Horace Mann Elementary School has students from southern Indiana Borough and south-central and most of southwestern White Township.
IASD has two secondary schools. Indiana Area Junior High School (IJHS) contains grades 6-8, and Indiana Area Senior High School (IHS) contains grades 9-12.
Approximately 32,000 people live in the IASD, and 3,000 students enroll in the district. The average graduation rate is 92%, and the average graduating class contains 250 students. Approximately 76% of all graduates enroll in some sort of post-secondary education. As of 2005, district employs 257 staff members, 202 of whom have their master's degree or above. On average, each staff member has 17 years of experience with the district.
The IASD consistently demonstrates that it is in the top tier of public school districts. Recently, it was ranked as one of the top 100 school districts by Offspring Magazine.
The IASD does especially well on standardized tests. It was once ranked third, out of 501 school districts, in scores on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests, or PSSAs, given to all 5th, 8th, and 11th grade students, and has received numerous accolades for its journalism and social studies programs, including a $349,000 grant given to the senior high history program. In addition, graduating classes have averaged up to 40 more points on the Scholastic Aptitude Test than the national average.
Each class graduates nearly 80% of its students into post-secondary education. Most attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania, located within the district. IASD also consistently sends students into three leading local universities, Carnegie Mellon University, The Pennsylvania State University and the University of Pittsburgh. IASD alumni have also entered the United States Naval Academy, Harvard University, Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania, Bucknell University, the University of Virginia, the University of Notre Dame, Case Western Reserve University, New York University, Manhattan School of Music, and The Juilliard School. Many students who do not go on to post-secondary education choose to join the military.
IASD offers a variety of extracurricular activities, the chief among them being sports. The junior and senior high school also offer clubs with a majority of students participating in them.
Both IJHS and IHS offer club programs for students. The largest among them is a volunteer club, Builders' Club at IJHS and Key Club at IHS. Key Club counts about 25% of the IHS student body as members. At IHS, there is also Future Business Leaders of America, Relay For Life and many theater clubs among its 20+ clubs.
The entire district offers a wide variety of sports. The elementary schools have basketball, grouped by sex and grade. At the end of each school year, each school stages an "All-School Tournament," in which all players are eligible. IJHS offers students football, soccer, track and field, cross country and girls' volleyball for the first time in school. IHS has even more selection. Boys' baseball, girls' softball, winter track and field, tennis, golf, rifle, hockey and swimming and diving, in addition to the sports named above.
Ben Franklin's colors are green and gold, and the teams are known as the Braves. Eisenhower's colors are blue and gold, and the teams are known as the Eagles. East Pike's colors are red and white, and the teams there are known as the Chiefs. Horace Mann's colors are red and white, and teams there are known as the Warriors.
The colors of the junior- and senior high schools are red and black, and the mascot is the "Indians." The fight song is "Cherokee." This is taken from IUP's teams, which used to be known as the "Indians," and their fight song is "Cherokee" as well. In general, most teams are outfitted in white uniforms, but the football team also wears blood-red and black jerseys and pants; the softball team wears gray, pinstriped uniforms; the basketball teams also wear black uniforms; and the hockey team has red, black and white uniforms.
Generally, the swimming and diving, boys tennis, ice hockey and girls' basketball and track and field teams are Indiana's strongest teams, while lately, the boys basketball team is among the weakest. This may be because the teams play against much larger schools, usually with double the class sizes of Indiana. The hockey team competes in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League, while all other teams compete in the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League, or WPIAL.
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