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 2020-2021 school year is 3,864 students. The numbers by school buildings are:
- High School - 1,311 students
- Penn Middle School - 560 students
- Trafford Middle School - 314 students
- Harrison Park Elementary School - 410 students
- Level Green Elementary School – 248 students
- McCullough Elementary School - 425 students
- Sunrise Elementary School - 367 students
- Trafford Elementary School - 201 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.
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.