Serving the Erie School District are four high schools, two middle schools and twelve elementary schools. Over 12,500 students attend the district's 18 schools. On April 19, 2007, GE Transportation presented the district with a $15 million donation, which was reportedly the largest ever donation to education in Pennsylvania.
Beginning with the 2012/13 school year, the district closed three schools due to a budget deficit and declining enrollment. Further closings and changes are expected to happen after the 2012/13 school year, although no official timeline has been announced.