The Penn-Trafford School District is located in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The location offers families close proximity to nearby cities of Greensburg, Irwin, Jeannette and Murrysville. Approximately twenty miles west is the City of Pittsburgh, which offers many cultural activities in an urban setting. To the east, the Laurel Highlands offers outdoors and recreational opportunities such as camping, skiing, sightseeing, fishing, hunting, bike riding and hiking.
The district's boundaries have remained consistent over the years. On the western edge of Westmoreland County, the Penn-Trafford School District begins approximately 18 miles to the southeast of Pittsburgh. The district is wedged-shaped and is approximately twenty (20) miles long and eleven (11) miles wide at its broadest point covering 32 square miles. The Penn-Trafford School District encompasses the communities of Trafford, Penn and the Township of Penn.
Housed within the boundaries of the school district are five elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. Our enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year is 3,866 students. The numbers by school buildings are:
- High School - 1,219 students
- Penn Middle School - 507 students
- Trafford Middle School - 337 students
- Harrison Park Elementary School - 431 students
- Level Green Elementary School – 272 students
- McCullough Elementary School - 459 students
- Sunrise Elementary School - 421 students
- Trafford Elementary School - 191 students
Pennsylvania public school district rankings show that the Penn-Trafford School District is one of the preeminent K-12 districts based on academic performance on the PA State assessment exams (2019 Keystone / PSSA). The district as a whole in 2019 earned a five-star SchoolDigger.com
rating and a #11 overall ranking for academics, outperforming 98.2% of other districts in the Commonwealth.
In a ranking report released by US News on October 11, 2021, all five of Penn-Trafford’s elementary schools ranked in the top 7% state-wide out of 1,752 public and charter elementary schools in Pennsylvania. Two of Penn-Trafford’s schools reached the top 10, placing them in the highest one-half percent in the state (read more).
The mission statement of the district has always been:
"Effective, Efficient, Quality Education".
The district delivers quality education at a low cost per student ratio.
The District Level Comprehensive Planning process is critical in assuring our focus on student success and District-wide systems that support student achievement. The Comprehensive Planning journey within the Penn-Trafford School District is part of an ongoing process in which data is analyzed to assess the needs and systemic challenges within the District. Data will be reviewed annually to monitor progress. Principals and District level administrators provided leadership for the development of the District Level Comprehensive Plan. The Assistant Superintendent facilitated the process. Principals will provide oversight for school-level development, implementation, and review processes. The Director of Student Services led the development of the Special Education and other student service-related components of the Comprehensive Plan. The District Level Comprehensive Plan will provide direction for the development and improvement of priority goals. To sustain momentum and assure focus on priority items, District Level Comprehensive Plan reviews will also be ongoing through the end of the three-year District Plan.
The Penn-Trafford School District Comprehensive Plan for the timeframe of 07/01/2023 through 06/30/2026 is available below for public inspection and comment for 28 days, after which it will be submitted to PDE.
The Prospectus is a publication for the residents of the Penn-Trafford School District. Published annually, it provides an overview of the coming school year.