Conestoga Valley School District
|Conestoga Valley School District|
|2110 Horseshoe Road
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17602
|Type||Public school district|
|Motto||Character. Community. Commitment.|
|Superintendent||Gerald G. Huesken|
|Schools||Conestoga Valley High School
Conestoga Valley Middle School
Brownstown Elementary School, Fritz Elementary School, Leola Elementary School, Smoketown Elementary School
|Students and staff|
|Student-teacher ratio||Grades K-2 - 19:1
Grades 3-12 - 21:1
|Athletic conference||Lancaster-Lebanon League|
|Colors||Red and blue|
|State District ID||113361703|
The Conestoga Valley School District is a school district covering East Lampeter Township, Upper Leacock Township and West Earl Township in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. It is a member of Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit (IU) 13. The district operates one High School, one Middle School and four Elementary Schools.
In 1958, East Lampeter Township, Upper Leacock Township, and West Earl township merged their school systems to form the Conestoga Valley School District. Its original high school was dedicated on present-day Smoketown Elementary School as East Lampeter High School. Sometime after 1970, the high school was moved to another location along Horseshoe Road, renamed Conestoga Valley High School, and built completely new while the old building was dedicated as Smoketown Elementary School.
Penn Johns Elementary School
Located in Bird In Hand, Penn Johns Elementary School was the previous fifth elementary school of Conestoga Valley. It was the last remaining school for the Plain community that over time lost its original purpose and transitioned into a regular elementary school that served all local residents. It was established around 1953 as an Amish and Old Order Mennonite school, but the Amish community no longer attended the school. In 2007, the Conestoga Valley school board voted to close the school for good, citing new teacher certification requirements, operating costs, and new curriculum requirements. The school served around 35 students at the time of closing taught by only two teachers, one for grades 1-4 and one for grades 5-8. The 35 students then matriculated into the four remaining elementary schools.
For the 2009-2010 school year and beyond, the school board voted to change the school hours of all schools in the district. In previous years, elementary school hours went from 8:20 a.m. to 2:25 p.m. and middle and high school hours went from 7:50 a.m to 3:10 p.m. These hours were changed to 8:50 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. for the elementary schools, 7:35 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. for the middle school, and 7:35 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. for the high school.
For the 2012-2013 school year, Conestoga Valley received a $985,891 state grant to establish two pre-kindergarten classes, expand full-day kindergarten to more students, and added teachers to its ESL program. The grant was part of Pennsylvania's "Keystones to Opportunity" initiative that distributed $36 million to school districts in the state.
Conestoga Valley School District has been named one of the "Best Communities for Music Education" multiple times by the NAMM Foundation. A survey is made available every year for school districts to fill out, of which schools are selected based on several criteria, including funding, music class participation, instruction time, and facilities. Conestoga Valley has achieved this recognition six times, which required the district to score in the 80th percentile or higher out of all of the other applicants.
Comparison to other Lancaster County school districts
|2012 SAT: average scores
Lancaster County schools
|Eastern Lancaster County||490||506||468||1464|
|Possible on each test: 800 points|
|Source: Public School SAT Scores, PA Department of Education |
|U.S. Average Source: 2011 SAT Report, CollegeBoard |
|Pennsylvania System of School Assessment
2011-2012 PSSA proficiency levels for Lancaster County schools
|School district||3-5 Reading||3-5 Math||6-8 Reading||6-8 Math||11 Reading||11 Math|
|Eastern Lancaster County||72.5%||81.7%||79.9%||84.0%||74.4%||68.1%|
Source: School Newsletter (January 2014)
|White (non-Hispanic) students||2987|
|Other (including multi-racial)||161|
- Conestoga Valley Senior High School (9th-12th), Lancaster
- Conestoga Valley Middle School (7th-8th), Lancaster
- Brownstown Elementary School (K-6th), Brownstown
- J. E. Fritz Elementary School (K-6th), Lancaster
- Leola Elementary School (K-6th), Leola
- Smoketown Elementary School (K-6th), Lancaster
- Kim Glass is an American indoor volleyball player who joined the U.S. national team in the Olympics and won a silver medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
- Jonathan Groff is a singer and stage, television, and film actor who worked in the musical Spring Awakening, voiced Kristoff in the Disney movie Frozen, and starred in television series Glee and Looking.
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- Kevin Shaffer is an American football offensive tackle who played for the Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, and Chicago Bears.
- Ryan G. Manelick was an American defense contractor who worked in Baghdad, Iraq.
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- "Superintendent's Corner". Conestoga Valley School District.
- "School Newsletter". January 2014.
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- "Conestoga Valley considers new school hours". Lancaster Online.
- "CV schools awarded $1 million grant". My Conestoga Valley News.
- "Not in NAMM only". Lancaster Online.
- "NAMM Foundation Survey Reveals 'Best Communities for Music Education' In the United States". National Association of Music Merchants.
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