Bellefonte Area School District
When you step into any Bellefonte Area School District building, you will be greeted by a family of people working hard to create a welcoming atmosphere. This sense of community influences our beliefs and values. We are passionate about education and are dedicated to supporting the development of the whole child. We believe that education should be shaped by a sense of purpose. Additionally, we believe learning embraces a respect for diversity and development of skills and attributes children need to be successful in an ever-changing global society. Our curriculum has been designed to reflect this belief.
Yet, hand in hand with our global vision you will find deeply embedded values of kindness, dignity, and respect for others. Working with parents and our community, we strive to develop each student's intellectual, physical, moral, emotional, creative, and social character. Through these efforts, we can meet our goal of producing alumni who will become responsible members of home, community, and society, while leading a positive, enriched life.
BASD consists of four elementary buildings (Bellefonte, Benner, Marion Walker, and Pleasant Gap), one middle school, one high school, and a virtual learning academy, BeLA, which is located in the annex to our district office. The district currently serves 2,700 students and employs 425 administrative, professional, and support staff members. Below is a list highlighting a few of our exciting curricular programs, extra/co-curricular opportunities, and community events.
Curriculum: 21 AP course (in the fall of 2015 BASD was recognized as one of 425 districts across North America for programming participation and performance); 16 course options for College in the Classroom in partnership with the Universityof Pittsburgh, St. Francis University, and Seton Hill; Dual Enrollment Agreements with Lock Haven University, Penn State, and Harrisburg Community College; articulation agreement with Delaware Valley University in our agriculture science pathway; Project Lead the Way and Gateway to Engineering; science curriculum aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards; STEAM (science, technology, engineering, agriculture/art, math) initiatives including Hour of Coding and development of innovative spaces. Rigorous mathematics and English/English Language Arts core classes and electives, a spectrum of learning opportunities available through electives in agriculture, the fine arts, theatre, physical education, multimedia, and World Languages (including elementary and secondary opportunities in Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese); k-12 technology and business programming; BeLA learning opportunities (online and hybrid learning environment for students in grades 5-12); Global connections and learning experiences; freshman option (as well as grades 10-12) with the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology.
Career Exploration: Comprehensive guidance and support frameworks, RED Talks (reflective educational discussions designed to bring the 'real world' to our students and spawn reflection and creativity), internships and mentorships, collaboration with and career development opportunities through the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology
Community: Strong and supportive Parent Teacher organizations/associations, family science (STEM) events, family math events, family literacy events, Bellefonte READS ( a community literacy event supporting a One book One Bellefonte initiative and promoting family engagement in reading (in 2017 BASD was awarded national recognition - MAGNA Award honorable mention for this program)), partners with numerous community businesses and organizations including Penn State University, Juniata College, Discovery Space, and Bellefonte Keystone Community development.
Technology Integration: Chromebooks, iPads/iBooks (industry specific), Promethean Boards, 3D Printers, zSpace virtual interactive learning systems, engineered environments, software, and technology to support collaborative and innovative learning, BYOD (bring your own device program at the secondary level), maker environments
Clubs: TSA (technology student association), Rachel's Challenge, Acts of Kindness, and many other clubs, intramural, and PIAA athletic opportunities
Safety: School Gate Guardian system, monitored entry, two school resource officers, SWPBS (School Wide Positive Behavior Support program (BASD has been recognized as a model program and the first Pennsylvania District to receive banner status in all of its buildings)).
Bellefonte Area School District is honored to be part of the Bellefonte community - a rural, suburban, and small town atmosphere populated by multiple generations and characterized by historic sites and Victorian architecture. Bellefonte is the geographical center of the Commonwealth. The district boundaries encompass 118 square miles and include the Borough of Bellefonte and four townships, Spring, Walker, Marion, and Benner. Bellefonte is the county seat, home to seven previous governors (five of Pennsylvania) - the "Birthplace of Governors", and international headquarters of the Philatelic Society. Bellefonte is also home to the Centre County Art Museum, a branch of the Centre County public library, and the Historical Museum. Fisherman's Paradise is located within our district boundaries and Bald Eagle State Park is only minutes away.
The Big Spring, situated within our community, produces over eleven million gallons of water daily and was important to the locating and naming of the town. Bellefonte, meaning "beautiful fountain" in French, still relies on the spring for all of its water needs.
Interstates 80 and 99 provide easy access to the light industry, scientific manufacturing, and agriculture that support the local economy. The surrounding mines produce one of the highest grades of limestone in the world. The political, industrial, and educational arenas continue to play important roles within the region and the world. The Bellefonte Area School District community continually strives to "Inspire and Prepare Today's Learners to Embrace Tomorrow's Challenges". Welcome.
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