Spring-Ford Area School District

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Spring-Ford Area School District
Address
857 South Lewis Road
Royersford, Pennsylvania, Montgomery, Chester, 19468
United States
Information
School type Public
Motto A Commitment to Excellence in Education
Established 1955
Opened 1955/56 (Class of 1956)
Superintendent David Goodin, Ed. D.
School number 610.705.6000
Grades K-12
Color(s) Navy Blue & Vegas Gold
Fight song Fight On Rams
Mascot Golden Ram
Newspaper Rampage
Yearbook Rambler
Website

The Spring-Ford Area School District is a K-12 school district based in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States, and expands into Chester County, Pennsylvania. The Spring- Ford Area School District came into being when Royersford School District and Spring City School District merged in 1955 (1955-56 school year). The district's name is taken from the "Spring" in Spring City and the "Ford" from Royersford.

The district serves the residents of the Boroughs of Royersford and Spring City, and the Townships of Limerick and Upper Providence. Many of the postal addresses within the district do not reflect the municipal borders, and may have addresses in Oaks, Mont Clare (both villages in Upper Providence), Linfield (a village in Limerick), Collegeville, Phoenixville, Pottstown, Schwenksville, or Perkiomenville as well.

As of October 1, 2009, the district had an enrollment of 7,711 pupils, making it the 31st largest public school district in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the second largest serving parts of Montgomery County.[1] Two years prior, the district's enrollment had only been 7,372, and was only the 34th largest public school district in the Commonwealth.[2] .

School Information[edit]

The school mascot is the Golden Ram and the school colors are Navy Blue & Old Gold. This was determined by a vote in the spring of 1955 by the Junior Classes from Royersford High School and Spring City High School. The students voted on the school colors and mascot name for the new school. The majority vote ruled for Navy Blue & Gold and Golden Rams, with Forrest Green & White Hornets coming in 2nd place. The official school colors and mascot for Spring-Ford Junior High School were Green & White Hornets from 1955 - 1982. In 1982 the Junior High School became a middle school and the school colors and mascot were unified throughout the school district to Navy Blue & Old Gold and Golden Rams. The Spring-Ford Junior High Green & White Hornets were retired in 1982.

Spring-Ford's mascot is nicknamed "The Rowdy Ram." The Spring-Ford Rams athletic program was originally part of the Ches-Mont Conference until 1986 when they became a member of the Pioneer Athletic Conference, known informally as the Pac-10.

In addition to regular police presence, Spring-Ford Senior High School keeps security on campus to protect students, parents and teachers and administrators. The Spring-Ford K-12 district takes measures annually to combat bullying and drug use, forbidden as unacceptable behavior in student handbooks provided by the district.

As of 2012, average class size at Spring-Ford Senior High School sits at 31 students. Spring-Ford Senior High School's graduation rate of 86.2% falls below the Pennsylvania average graduation rate of 88%. Spring-Ford Senior High School's drop out rate of .9% falls below the Pennsylvania drop out rate of 2.1%.

In March 2013, the Spring-Ford High School Girls Basketball Team won the state title by beating Cumberland Valley in the PIAA Class AAAA Girl's Basketball Championship Game.

In April 2013, the Spring-Ford High School Vocal Ensemble, instructed by Mrs. Yvonne O'Dea, ranked top choir nationally in the Festival of Gold at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. The ensemble was given a solo spot to sing one of their pieces during the concert.

Spring-Ford Senior High School Golden Ram Marching Band[edit]

The Spring-Ford Golden Ram Band is the high school's marching band. The band competes with the Tournament of Bands organization within the Group IV - Open class. The band used to compete in the Cavalcade of Bands association in the Yankee Open Class division. Spring-Ford was one of two schools, the other being Boyertown, who hosted a Cavalcade of Bands Competition in Cavalcade's second year. The band had its first undefeated season in school history in 2007.

Mr. Seth Jones has replaced Mr. John E. Eckstine, Jr., as director, who was the director since 2000. The rest of the staff includes Mr. Duane DeWire, Visual Designer; Mr. Joseph Perry, Assistant Band Director and Brass Instructor; Mr. George Growcott, Program Cordinator and Marching & Maneuvering; Mr. Glen Rhine, Marching & Maneuvering; Ms. Katie Troutman and Mr. Rob Bennett, Woodwind Instructors; Mr. Mark Thurston, Battery Instructor; Mr. Mike Thomas, Front Ensemble Instructor; Mr. Thomas Van Der Grift, Color Guard Instructor; Mr. Jason Hall, Color Guard Instructor; Mrs. Amber Franko, Color Guard Instructor; Mr. Brad Mea, Marching & Maneuvering Instructor.

Titles[edit]

Year Title Organization Location
2014 Atlantic Coast Group IV Champions Tournament of Bands Hershey Park Stadium, Hershey, PA
2013 West Chester Christmas Parade Competition Champions West Chester Chamber of Commerce West Chester, PA
2013 Cavalcade of Bands Yankee Open Class Champions Cavalcade of Bands Hershey Park Stadium, Hershey, PA
2013 Atlantic Coast Group IV Champions Tournament of Bands Hershey Park Stadium, Hershey, PA
2013 Chapter 3 Group IV Champions Tournament of Bands Whitehall High School, Whitehall, PA
2012 Atlantic Coast Group IV Champions Tournament of Bands Hershey Park Stadium, Hershey, PA
2012 Chapter 3 Group IV Champions Tournament of Bands Avon Grove High School, West Grove, PA
2011 Atlantic Coast Group IV Champions Tournament of Bands Hershey Park Stadium, Hershey, PA
2011 Chapter 3 Group IV Champions Tournament of Bands Spring-Ford HS, Royersford, PA
2010 West Chester Christmas Parade Competition Champions West Chester Chamber of Commerce West Chester, PA
2010 Cavalcade of Bands Yankee Open Class Champions Cavalcade of Bands Hershey Park Stadium, Hershey, PA
2010 Atlantic Coast Group IV Champions Tournament of Bands Hershey Park Stadium, Hershey, PA
2010 Chapter 3 Group IV Champions Tournament of Bands Avon Grove High School, West Grove, PA
2009 Cavalcade of Bands Yankee Open Class Champions Cavalcade of Bands Hershey Park Stadium, Hershey, PA
2009 Chapter 3 Group IV Champions Tournament of Bands Central Bucks West HS, Doylestown, PA
2008 Atlantic Coast Group IV Champions Tournament of Bands J. Birney Crum Stadium, Allentown, PA
2008 Cavalcade of Bands Yankee Open Class Champions Cavalcade of Bands Hershey Park Stadium, Hershey, PA
2008 Chapter 3 Group IV Champions Tournament of Bands West Chester University, West Chester, PA
2007 Atlantic Coast Group IV Champions Tournament of Bands Dover State University Stadium, Dover, DE
2007 Chapter 3 Group IV Champions Tournament of Bands West Chester University, West Chester, PA
2006 Atlantic Coast Group IV Champions Tournament of Bands Lackawanna County Stadium, Moosic, PA
2006 Chapter 3 Group IV Champions Tournament of Bands Perkiomen Valley HS, Collegeville, PA

Honors[edit]

Year Honor Location
2011 2011 Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Chicago, IL
2010 6abc Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade Philadelphia, PA
2009 6abc Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade Philadelphia, PA
2008 Hollywood Santa Parade Hollywood, CA

Notable alumni[edit]

List of Schools[edit]

Attendance at elementary schools (K-4) is determined by place of residency within the school district. While the elementary schools below are grouped by municipality, students residing in other municipalities most likely attend that school alongside students from the municipality in which the school is located. Above 4th Grade, all students within the school district attend schools by grade, regardless of place of residency within the school district.

Most of the elementary schools are named based on location, although Brooke and Evans are named after two of the founding families of Limerick Township.

  1. Elementary (Kindergarten through 4th Grade):
  2. Intermediate 5th/6th Grade Center
  3. Middle School:
    • 7th Grade Center
    • 8th Grade Center
  4. High School:
    • 9th Grade Center
    • 10/11/12th Grade Center

Due to the unprecedented rapid growth of the school district in the 1990s, many of these school buildings have changed roles a number of times through the years.

The current 8th Grade Center was originally the Royersford Junior/Senior High School, hosting grades 7 through 12. From 1961 to 1982, it served as the Spring-Ford Junior High School, hosting grades 7 through 9. It was later converted to a middle school that hosted grades 6 through 8.

The 9th Grade Center was built in 1961 and was used as the Spring-Ford Senior High School for grades 10 through 12 until 1982, when it hosted grades 9 through 12. After the new high school was built, it hosted grades 7 and 8 before being converted to the 9th Grade Center.

One of the buildings previously serving as the Royersford Elementary School is currently the Royersford Free Public Library, and also served as the building for the Spring-Ford Area Historical Society for a short period of time.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010-09-01). "October 1 Enrollment by LEA, Year: 2009 - 2010" (Microsoft Excel 97-2003 (.xls)). Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  2. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010-09-03). "October 1 Enrollment by LEA, Year: 2007 - 2008" (Microsoft Excel 97-2003 (.xls)). Retrieved 2010-09-11. 

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