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State College Area Ranked Among Best School Districts in Pennsylvania

by on August 11, 2017 5:00 AM

State College Area School District is among the top 20 districts in Pennsylvania, according to a new ranking.

SCASD came in at No. 16 out of 499 on the list of 2018 Best School Districts in Pennsylvania by Niche, a website that analyzes public data to provide rankings and ratings of schools and neighborhoods.

The site analyzed statistics, data from the U.S. Department of Education and parent and student reviews to formulate the ranking. 

"Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings, and more," according to Niche.

Districts received letter grades in a number of categories. State College Area earned an A+ in academics, teachers, college prep and clubs and activities; A in administration, food, health and safety and sports; B+ in resources and facilities; and B- in diversity.

Read more about the methodology for the rankings here.

Outside of State College, the top 20 rankings are dominated by districts in the Philadelphia suburbs and in the Pittsburgh area. 
Tredyffrin/Easttown and Radnor Township school districts, both in southeastern Pennsylvania, are ranked No. 1 and 2, respectively, followed by North Allegheny School District in Pittsburgh at No. 3.

Elsewhere in Centre County, Penns Valley came in at No. 128, Bellefonte Area at No. 195 and Bald Eagle Area at No. 241. Rankings went up to No. 262 and Philipsburg-Osceola did not receive a numerical ranking.

See the complete rankings here.

Earlier this year, Niche named Houserville No. 3 and Lemont No. 11 in its Best Places in America to Live rankings. In Pennsylvania, Houserville was No. 2 and Lemont No. 4.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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