From the Superintendent's Desk...
Welcome to the Hermitage School Website. We are a district that is committed to providing a high-quality education to each of our 2,100 students. I have included some highlights of our district over the past year to give you a snapshot of our recent successes. We continue to focus “onward and upward” with enhancing our curriculum and instruction so that each student is given a rigorous and comprehensive education.
PA LEADS Model School District – Hermitage School District was selected as one of ten school districts in Pennsylvania to participate in this state initiative. As a model district, we are working closely with the Department of Education to further enhance our curriculum and instructional programs K-12.
District Mission Statement – We have recently amended our mission statement to better reflect our actions and plans that we are putting into place. Our new Mission Statement reads: The mission of the Hermitage School District is to educate our students to become motivated and responsible citizens. We will graduate students who are critical thinkers, effective problem solvers, strong communicators, and creative individuals. Our students will use literacy, writing, and technology as tools to contribute and compete in a diverse society.
Advanced Placement Courses – The district now offers ten Advanced Placement Courses in the high school with the recent addition of AP Statistics and AP Literature. Our students pass the AP Exams at a rate higher than the state and national averages.
Summer Academy – We have concluded our third year of our Summer Academy of enrichment courses for students K-12. This year we were able to offer forty-seven courses taught by our faculty with over 900 student enrollments.
Athletics – This past year, our Girls Track team captured the State Championship Title and our Football Team was District 10 Champions. In addition, Hickory High School received the Sy Lyman Award for the third year in a row. This award is given to the Mercer County School District with the highest combined winning percentage of all varsity sports. Additionally, our Girls’ Golf, Soccer, and Basketball were region champions this past year.
Arts – We are proud of our student participation in the arts. Our grade 4-12 Orchestra program recently had participants at the state level. Our Choral program also had participants at the state level competitions and our Marching Band continues to have over 200 students involved on a yearly basis.
As you can see from this list, great things are happening in our district. The children of Hermitage are being presented with the opportunity to receive a world-class education. When someone approaches me and says, “Schools aren’t like they used to be….” I smile and agree – they have never been better.
Daniel Bell, Superintendent