Bethel Park School District
The Bethel Park School District is a midsized, suburban school district in Allegheny County. The district covers the Municipality of Bethel Park which is a suburb of Pittsburgh. Bethel Park School District encompasses approximately 12 square miles. Bethel Park School District operates a total of eight schools. Five elementary schools host grades K-4, and children are assigned to a specific school based on proximity of their home to that school.
In 2012, Bethel Park School District ranked 41st out of 498 Pennsylvania districts. The ranking is based on the last 3 years of student academic achievement as demonstrated by PSSAs results in reading, writing, math and science. Bethel Park School District was ranked 12th out of 105 western Pennsylvania school districts in 2012 by the Pittsburgh Business Times. In 2010 Bethel Park School District’s graduation rate was 98%. In 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued a new, 4-year cohort graduation rate. Bethel Park School District’s rate was 97% for 2010.
The Bethel Park School Board established a district student wellness policy in 2006 – Policy 246. The policy deals with nutritious meals served at school, the control of access to some foods and beverages during school hours, age appropriate nutrition education for all students, and physical education for students K-12. The district offers a variety of clubs, activities and sports. There are a large number of sports programs: 27 varsity, 17 junior varsity, 9 freshman and 14 middle school teams, as well as six club sports. Bethel Park School district funds 12 clubs and activities available to students at the middle schools and over 20 at the high school. The high school produces a fall play and spring musical, in which more than 150 students regularly participate.
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