Corry Area School District

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Corry Area School District
Map of Erie County Pennsylvania School Districts.png
540 East Pleasant Street
Corry, Pennsylvania, Crawford, Erie, Warren 16407
United States
Type Public
Grades K-12
Enrollment 2288 pupils in 2010.[1]
 • Kindergarten 144
 • Grade 1 154
 • Grade 2 157
 • Grade 3 152
 • Grade 4 149
 • Grade 5 152
 • Grade 6 168
 • Grade 7 197
 • Grade 8 181
 • Grade 9 181
 • Grade 10 224
 • Grade 11 203
 • Grade 12 227
 • Other Enrollment is projected to decline to 1900 pupils by 2010
Mascot Beavers
Corry Area School District region in Warren County
Corry Area School District region in Crawford County

The Corry Area School District is a midsized, rural, public school district which spans portions of three counties in northwestern Pennsylvania. In Crawford County it covers the Borough of Spartansburg and Sparta Township. In Erie County it covers the City of Corry, the Borough of Elgin and Concord Township and Wayne Township. In Warren County it covers Columbus Township and Spring Creek Township. The district encompasses 241 square miles. According to 2000 federal census data, it serves a resident population of 14,883. In 2009, the district residents’ per capita income was $16,881, while the median family income was $40,063.[2] In the Commonwealth, the median family income was $49,501[3] and the United States median family income was $49,445, in 2010.[4] Per District officials, in school year 2007-08, the Corry Area School District provided basic educational services to 2,448 pupils. It employed 195 teachers, 116 full-time and part-time support personnel, and 16 administrators. Corry Area School District received more than $18.1 million in state funding in school year 2007-08.

The district operates Corry Area High School (9th through12th), Corry Area Middle School (6th through 8th), Corry Intermediate School (3rd through 5th), \ Corry Primary School (Pre-K through 2nd) The district also operates the Corry Area Career and Technical Center.


Corry Area School District is governed by 9 individually elected board members (serve four-year terms), the Pennsylvania State Board of Education, the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania General Assembly.[5] The federal government controls programs it funds like Title I funding for low-income children in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the No Child Left Behind Act, which mandates the district focus resources on student success in acquiring reading and math skills.

The Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives Sunshine Review gave the school board and district administration a "F" for transparency based on a review of "What information can people find on their school district's website". It examined the school district's website for information regarding; taxes, the current budget, meetings, school board members names and terms, contracts, audits, public records information and more.[6]

Mission Statement[7][edit]

"'The mission of the Corry Area School District is to prepare students to be lifelong learners and responsible citizens in a competitive global society."'

Percent Enrollment by Gender[8][edit]

Female: 48.52

Male: 51.48

Academic achievement[edit]

Corry Area School District was ranked 444th out of 498 Pennsylvania school districts in 2011, by the Pittsburgh Business Times. The ranking was based on four years of student academic performance on the reading, writing, math and two years of science PSSAs.[9]

  • 2010 - 443rd[10]
  • 2009 - 424th
  • 2008 - 407th
  • 2007 - 371st out of 501 school districts.[11]

In 2009, the academic achievement of the students of Corry Area School District was in the 10th percentile among 500 Pennsylvania school districts. Scale - (0-99; 100 is state best)[12]

Graduation rate[edit]

In 2011, the graduation rate was 90%.[13] In 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued a new, 4-year cohort graduation rate. High School's rate was % for 2010.[14]

According to traditional graduation rate calculations

High school[edit]

In 2011, the school achieved AYP status. In 2010, the school was in Making Progress: in School Improvement I status.[19]

PSSA Results;
11th Grade Reading
  • 2011 - 62% on grade level, (22% below basic). State - 69.1% of 11th graders are on grade level.[20]
  • 2010 - 48% on grade level (31% below basic). State - 66%[21]
  • 2009 - 39% State - 65%[22]
  • 2008 - 60%, State - 65%[23]
11th Grade Math
  • 2011 - 55%, on grade level (21% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 60.3% of 11th graders are on grade level.[24]
  • 2010 - 41%, (41% below basic). State - 59%
  • 2009 - 38%, State - 56%
  • 2008 - 54%, State - 56%
11th Grade Science
  • 2011 - 28% on grade level (17% below basic). State - 40% of 11th graders were on grade level.[25]
  • 2010 - 27% (23% below basic). State - 39%
  • 2009 - 24%, State - 40%
  • 2008 - 24%, State - 39%

College remediation rate[edit]

According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 23% of Corry Area High School graduates required remediation in mathematics and or reading before they were prepared to take college level courses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education or community colleges.[26] Less than 66% of Pennsylvania high school graduates, who enroll in a four-year college in Pennsylvania, will earn a bachelor's degree within six years. Among Pennsylvania high school graduates pursuing an associate degree, only one in three graduate in three years.[27] Per the Pennsylvania Department of Education, one in three recent high school graduates who attend Pennsylvania's public universities and community colleges takes at least one remedial course in math, reading or English.

Dual enrollment[edit]

The high school offers a dual enrollment program. This state program permits high school students to take courses, at local higher education institutions, to earn college credits. Students remain enrolled at their high school. The courses count towards high school graduation requirements and towards earning a college degree. The students continue to have full access to activities and programs at their high school. The college credits are offered at a deeply discounted rate. The state offered a small grant to assist students in costs for tuition, fees and books[28] Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions.[29] For the 2009-10 funding year, the school district received a state grant of $46,670 for the program.[30]

Graduation requirements[edit]

By law, all Pennsylvania secondary school students must complete a project as a part of their eligibility to graduate from high school. The type of project, its rigor and its expectations are set by the individual school district.[31] Corry Area High School students must complete 25 hours of volunteer work and an Electronic Career Portfolio on Choices.[32]

By Pennsylvania School Board regulations, for the graduating classes of 2015 and 2016, students must demonstrate successful completion of secondary level course work in Algebra I, Biology, English Composition, and Literature for which the Keystone Exams serve as the final course exams. Students’ Keystone Exam scores shall count for at least one-third of the final course grade.[33][34][35]


  1. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Enrollment and Projections, July 20, 2010
  2. ^ US Census Bureau, American Fact Finder, 2009
  3. ^ US Census Bureau, (2010). "American Fact Finder, State and County quick facts". 
  4. ^ US Census Bureau (September 2011). "Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010" (PDF). 
  5. ^ Pennsylvania Public School Code Governance 2010
  6. ^ The Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives. "The Pennsylvania Project". Retrieved May 20, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Corry Area School District". Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  8. ^ "School Performance Profile: Corry Area HS". Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  9. ^ Pittsburgh Business Times. (April 4, 2011). "Statewide Honor Roll Rankings information 2011,". Archived from the original on 2012-01-19. 
  10. ^ Pittsburgh Business Times. (April 30, 2010). "Statewide Honor Roll Rankings 2010,". 
  11. ^ "Three of top school districts in state hail from Allegheny County". Pittsburgh Business Times. May 23, 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. 
  12. ^ The Morning Call (2009). "2009 PSSA RESULTS School District". 
  13. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "Corry Area School District AYP Data Table". 
  14. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (March 15, 2011). "New 4-year Cohort Graduation Rate Calculation Now Being Implemented". Archived from the original on 2010-09-14. 
  15. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "Corry Area School District Academic Achievement Report Card Data table". Archived from the original on 2012-03-27. 
  16. ^ The Times-Tribune (June 27, 2010). "PA School District Statistical Snapshot Database 2008-09". 
  17. ^ The Times-Tribune (June 25, 2009). "County School Districts Graduation Rates 2008". 
  18. ^ Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (2008). "High School Graduation rate 2007" (PDF). 
  19. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "CORRY AREA High School AYP Overview". 
  20. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "2010-2011 PSSA and AYP Results". 
  21. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "2009-2010 PSSA and AYP Results". 
  22. ^ The Times-Tribune. (September 2009). "Grading Our Schools database, 2009 PSSA results,". 
  23. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (August 2008). "2007-2008 PSSA and AYP Results". 
  24. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "Corry Area High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2011" (PDF). 
  25. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "2010-2011 PSSA results in Science". 
  26. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (January 20, 2009). "Pennsylvania College Remediation Report,". Archived from the original on 2012-05-03. 
  27. ^ National Center for Education Statistics, IPEDS Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, 2008
  28. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education. "Dual Enrollment Guidelines". 
  29. ^ Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (March 2010). "Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement". 
  30. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education. "Dual Enrollment Grants 2009 10 Fall Grants by School District". 
  31. ^ Pennsylvania State Board of Education. "Pennsylvania Code §4.24 (a) High school graduation requirements". 
  32. ^ Corry Area School District Administration (2011). "Overview of the Corry High School Graduation Project" (PDF). 
  33. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "Keystone Exam Overview" (PDF). 
  34. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 2011). "Pennsylvania Keystone Exams Overview". Archived from the original on 2012-03-17. 
  35. ^ Pennsylvania State Board of Education (2010). "Rules and Regulation Title 22 PA School Code CH. 4".