At A Glance

Fall 2021


Empowering and equipping all students to create their future and change the world.

Adopted by the South Western Board of School Directors on November 14, 2018


The South Western School District vision statement was unanimously adopted by the Board of Directors in November of 2018 as a part of revisions to the District Comprehensive Plan which was originally approved in May of 2014. This plan was submitted to and approved by the PA Department of Education for meeting Chapter 4, 12, 16, and 49 requirements and went into effect on July 01, 2019. The District Comprehensive plan, as revised in 2018, focuses on the following three strategic imperatives:

(1) College Readiness – Ensuring all students have access to a high quality academic program which includes a rigorous, challenging, and standards-aligned curricula, delivered through personalized instructional practices;

(2) Career Readiness – Ensuring all students have access to and engage with career awareness, exploration, and planning activities, including experiential learning opportunities that align to the PA Career and Work Standards, and;

(3) Life Readiness – Ensuring all students are equipped with the skills, mindsets, and dispositions to have self-efficacy and agency over their own learning and decisions.

District Profile


District Size
56 Square Miles
Population 28,690
   
K-12 Enrollment
4,375
Baresville Elementary (K-5)
520
Manheim Elementary (K-5)
267
Park Hills Elementary (K-5)
511
West Manheim Elementary (K-5)
619
   Total K-5 Enrollment
1,917
 Emory H Markle Middle School (6-8)
1,060
 South Western High School (9-12)
1,275
 Other Programs
123
   
 Average Daily Attendance
 
 Gr. K-5
92.9
 Gr. 6-8
92.5
 Gr. 9-12
90.7
   
 2020-2021 Budget
$77,157,953
 Millage Rate
21.09
 Funding Sources:
 
 Local 68.01%
 State 31.19%
 Federal/Other 0.80%
   
 Per Student Expenses
$17,575
  (63.21% goes directly to student instruction)
 
   
 Faculty 311
 Support Staff
280
 Administrative/Confidential Staff
33
   
 Faculty Experience:
 
   Percent under 5 years
12.2%
   Percent over 20 years
30.2%
   Percent with Masters Degree
83.6%
 Faculty Average Salary
$76,270
   
 Free & Reduced Lunch Eligibility:
 
   Baresville Elementary School
41.9%
   Manheim Elementary School
29.2%
   Park Hills Elementary School
39.7%
   West Manheim Elementary School
27.5%
   E.H. Markle Middle School
31.5%
   South Western High School
28.1%
   
 Ethnicity:  
   White
85.0%
   Black/African American
4.0%
   Hispanic
5.5%
   Asian
1.6%
   American Indian or Alaskan Native
0.1%
   Multi-Racial
4.2%
   Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
0.1%
   
 Graduation Rate:
93.1%
   (Percent of students graduation in 4 years)
 

2021 Graduating Class Profile

Post-Secondary Choices
% Class of 2020 Future Plans

61%  - Institutions of Higher Education 
 6%  - Trade or Technical School
 4%  - Military
 25%  - Employment / Seeking Employment
 4%  - Undecided

College Board (SAT) Scores

     South Western
   National
     ERW/Math    Total    ERW/Math    Total
 2016-17   547/547
   1,094    533/538    1,070
 2017-18    551/544    1,095    543/545    1,088
 2018-19    541/538    1,079    531/528    1,059
 2019-20    550/548    1,098    567/545    1,112
 2020-21   573/581
  1,155
  533/528
  1,060

PA System of School Assessment

Listed below are 2020-2021 PSSA/Keystone results for South Western School District (Advanced and Proficient)

 School Math
ELA
Science -
Grades 4 & 8 
 Baresville  35.7%  63.8%  83.1%
 Manheim  41.4%  61.5%  73.3%
 Park Hills
 25.1%  50.8%  72.4%
 West Manheim
 35.6%  61.5%  80.1%
 EHMMS  26.6%  52.2%  55.3%

 

 School
Algebra I
Biology
English Literature
 SWHS 57.8%
 55.9%  68.0%


Academic Information

High School

  • A 4X4 semester block scheduling design
  • A broad curriculum of over 150 different courses, including Advanced Placement (AP), honors, career readiness, dual enrollment, college in the high school, and independent studies designed to meet the personalized learning needs for each student
  • Standards aligned curriculum in all subject areas
  • Fifth period each day for academic remediation and enrichment opportunities, in addition to career coaching activities

Middle School

  • Instruction is provided that emphasizes both differentiation and personalized instructional practices
  • Each student experiences a rigorous, developmentally appropriate curriculum in which they analyze, synthesize, and apply concepts to real-world experiences
  • Students have an opportunity to refine their interests and passions with the option to participate in over 40 co-curricular activities (i.e athletics, clubs and intramural activities)
  • Core interdisciplinary teams are emphasized that foster strong early adolescent bonds, and strong relationships between teachers and students
  • An advisory Program that provides opportunities for each middle school student to have an adult advocate, build relationships with peers, promote personal & academic growth
  • Intervention period which allows for appropriate interventions (as needed) in addition to choices in performing arts programs and enrichment opportunities

Elementary

  • Strong emphasis on differentiated instruction and the individual strengths and needs of all learners
  • Standards-based grading and assessment practices
  • Strong literacy program for all learners in grades K-5 focused on guided reading, on-level reading, word work, and writing with the goal of all learners reading on grade level by the end of third grade
  • A math program incorporating the eight mathematical practices for all learners in grades K-5 that focuses on problem-solving, abstract thinking, mathematical discourse, modeling, and attention to precision

Miscellaneous Statistics

Class Size Average
 
Grades K-2
22
Grades 3-5
22
Grades 6-8
28
Grades 9-12
23
   
Expulsions Last Year
 
Drugs/Alcohol/Weapons 5
   
Special Education
 
Gifted 2%
Learning Support
14%

 

% Students in Advanced Placement Class who took Advanced Placement Examination and scored grade 3 or higher
Biology
90%
Calculus AB
100%
Calculus BC
88%
Chemistry n/a
Computer Science A
100%
Computer Science Principals
100%
English Language/ Comp
77%
English Literature/ Comp
100%
Physics 1 50%
Physics C: Elect/MAG  100%
Physics C: Mechanics 100%
Psychology 75%
Statistics 72%
U.S. Government/ Politics  64%
World History 67%


Athletic Opportunities

Fall Sports
Football – V, JV, 9th, 7th & 8th
Field Hockey – V, JV, 9th, 7th & 8th
Golf – V
Tennis Girls – V
Boys & Girls Soccer – V, JV
Coed Cross Country – V, JH
Volleyball (Girls) – V, JV
Cheerleading – V, JV, 9th, *8th, *7th

Winter Sports
Boys & Girls Basketball – V, JV, 9th, 8th, 7th
Wrestling – V, JH
Swimming – V
Cheerleading – V, JV, 9th, *8th, *7th
Competition Cheer – (winter only)

Spring Sports
Baseball – V, JV
Softball – V, JV
Coed Track and Field – V, JH
Tennis Boys – V
Volleyball (Girls) – JH
Boys & Girls Lacrosse – V, JV

* Intramural Program

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