Pennsylvania Centre County Public Schools

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Created on February 13, 1800, from parts of Huntingdon, Lycoming, Mifflin, and Northumberland Counties. Its name refers to its geographical location at the center of the state. Bellefonte, the county seat, was incorporated as a borough on March 28, 1806. Its name, French for “beautiful spring,” alludes to a large spring there and is said to have been suggested by a visitor, the famous French statesman Talleyrand.

Early settlements at Bald Eagle’s Nest and Penns Valley occurred around 1770, but the discovery of iron ore in 1784 led to iron manufacturing, and Bellefonte was laid out in 1795. Iron making flourished until it was eclipsed by the high quality of Lake Superior iron ore. Centre County’s last furnace closed in 1921. Much bituminous coal has been produced, and the northern section of the county yielded abundant lumber that was used for charcoal and also floated southward. Because of the coal production railroads were constructed into the county. Paper manufacturing flourished in Bellefonte and Cerro Corporation opened a brass mill in 1915. Today lime and gypsum are produced. Agriculture has flourished, and Centre is now about fifteenth in the State in value of livestock and seventh in alfalfa production. Farms occupy 21 percent of the land. The Pennsylvania State University, which began as Farmer’s High School in 1855, has influenced the character of the county in many ways.

Underground Railroad stations were at Bellefonte and Half Moon. Since 1912 the State Prison at Rockview has affected the county’s economy. Publications and electronic, clay, and glass products are manufactured in Centre County, and the value added to the economy by manufacturing increased 46 percent between 1987 to 1992.

Governors Bigler, Packer, and Curtin were born here. Governor Beaver attended school in Pine Grove, and Governor Hastings taught school in Bellefonte.

Centre County is one of 67 counties in Pennsylvania. It has 1,107.5 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 132.0 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 36.8%. On the 2000 census form, 98.9% of the population reported only one race, with 2.6% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 1.7% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.45 persons compared to an average family size of 2.95 persons.

In 2008 retail trade was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $20,671. Per capita income grew by 10.0% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Value
Population (2009) 146,212 Covered Employment 66,348
Growth (%) since 1990 17.1% Average wage per job $38,050
Households (2000) 49,323 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 6.6%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 75,376 Average wage per job $42,578
Unemployment Rate (2009) 5.8 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 2.3%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $33,336 Average wage per job $35,106
Median Household Income (2008) $47,843 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County 10.3%
Poverty Rate (2008) 14.8 Average wage per job $39,740
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 88.2 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 2.4%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 36.3 Average wage per job $46,977

1. BALD EAGLE AREA JSHS
Address: 751 S Eagle Valley Rd, Wingate, PA 16823
Phone: (814) 355-4868
County: Centre County
Enrollment: 968
Grades: 7-12

2. BELLEFONTE AREA HS
Address: 830 E Bishop St, Bellefonte, PA 16823
Phone: (814) 355-4833
County: Centre County
Enrollment: 1,019
Grades: 9-12

3. BELLEFONTE AREA MS
Address: 100 N School St, Bellefonte, PA 16823
Phone: (814) 355-5466
County: Centre County
Enrollment: 655
Grades: 6-8

4. BELLEFONTE EL SCHOOL
Address: 100 W Linn St, Bellefonte, PA 16823
Phone: (814) 355-5519
County: Centre County
Enrollment: 431
Grades: KG-5

5. BENNER EL SCHOOL
Address: 490 Buffalo Run Rd, Bellefonte, PA 16823
Phone: (814) 355-2812
County: Centre County
Enrollment: 244
Grades: KG-5

6. BOALSBURG/PANORAMA VILLAGE EL
Address: 240 Villa Crest Dr, State College, PA 16801
Phone: (814) 466-5040
County: Centre County
Enrollment: 305
Grades: KG-5

7. CENTRAL PA INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Address: 540 N Harrison Rd, Pleasant Gap, PA 16823
Phone: (814) 359-2793
County: Centre County
Enrollment: 0
Grades: 9-12

8. CENTRE HALL-POTTER EL SCHOOL
Address: 211 North Hoffer Street, Centre Hall, PA 16828
Phone: (814) 364-1481
County: Centre County
Enrollment: 238
Grades: KG-4

9. CENTRE LEARNING COMMUNITY CS
Address: 2643 W College Ave, State College, PA 16801
Phone: (814) 861-7980
County: Centre County
Enrollment: 101
Grades: 5-8

10. CORL STREET EL SCHOOL
Address: 235 Corl St, State College, PA 16801
Phone: (814) 231-1185
County: Centre County
Enrollment: 242
Grades: KG-5

11. EASTERLY PARKWAY EL SCHOOL
Address: 234 Easterly Pkwy, State College, PA 16801
Phone: (814) 231-1170
County: Centre County
Enrollment: 339
Grades: KG-5

12. FERGUSON TWP EL SCHOOL
Address: 215 West Main Street, Pine Grove Mills, PA 16868
Phone: (814) 231-4119
County: Centre County
Enrollment: 320
Grades: KG-5

13. GRAY’S WOODS EL SCHOOL
Address: 160 Brackenbourne Drive, Port Matilda, PA 16870
Phone: (814) 235-6100
County: Centre County
Enrollment: 419
Grades: KG-5

14. HOUSERVILLE/LEMONT EL SCHOOL
Address: 675 Elmwood St, State College, PA 16801
Phone: (814) 231-5026
County: Centre County
Enrollment: 349
Grades: KG-5

15. HOWARD EL SCHOOL
Address: 255 School Street, Howard, PA 16841
Phone: (814) 625-2423
County: Centre County
Enrollment: 106 KG-6

16. LIBERTY CURTAIN EL SCHOOL
Address: Po Box 329, Blanchard, PA 16826
Phone: (570) 962-2008
County: Centre County
Enrollment: 261
Grades: KG-5

17. MARION-WALKER EL SCHOOL
Address: 100 School Dr, Bellefonte, PA 16823
Phone: (814) 357-2425
County: Centre County
Enrollment: 367
Grades: KG-5

18. MILES TOWNSHIP EL SCHOOL
Address: 80 Town Lane Road, Rebersburg, PA 16872
Phone: (814) 349-8868
County: Centre County
Enrollment: 100
Grades: KG-4

19. MOUNT NITTANY MS
Address: 656 Brandywine Dr, State College, PA 16801
Phone: (814) 466-5133
County: Centre County
Enrollment: 748
Grades: 6-8

20. MOUNTAINTOP AREA EL SCHOOL
Address: 100 School Dr # 865, Snow Shoe, PA 16874
Phone: (814) 387-6861
County: Centre County
Enrollment: 208
Grades: KG-6

21. NITTANY VALLEY CS
Address: 1612 Norma St, State College, PA 16801
Phone: (814) 867-3842
County: Centre County
Enrollment: 48 1-8

22. PARK FOREST EL SCHOOL
Address: 2181 School Dr, State College, PA 16803
Phone: (814) 231-5010
County: Centre County
Enrollment: 476
Grades: KG-5

23. PARK FOREST MS
Address: 2180 School Dr, State College, PA 16803
Phone: (814) 272-8217
County: Centre County
Enrollment: 830
Grades: 6-8

24. PENNS VALLEY AREA EL AND INTRMD SCHOOL
Address: 4528 Penns Valley Road, Spring Mills, PA 16875
Phone: (814) 422-8824
County: Centre County
Enrollment: 422
Grades: KG-6

25. PENNS VALLEY AREA JSHS
Address: 4545 Penns Valley Road, Spring Mills, PA 16875
Phone: (814) 422-8854
County: Centre County
Enrollment: 736
Grades: 7-12

26. PHILIPSBURG EL SCHOOL
Address: 1810 Black Moshannon Road, Philipsburg, PA 16866
Phone: (814) 342-2870
County: Centre County
Enrollment: 395
Grades: PK-12

27. PHILIPSBURG-OSCEOLA AREA HS
Address: 502 Philips St, Philipsburg, PA 16866
Phone: (814) 342-1521
County: Centre County
Enrollment: 663
Grades: PK-12

28. PHILIPSBURG-OSCEOLA JHS
Address: 100-130 N 6th St, Philipsburg, PA 16866
Phone: (814) 342-4860
County: Centre County
Enrollment: 311
Grades: PK-12

29. PLEASANT GAP EL SCHOOL
Address: 230 S Main St, Pleasant Gap, PA 16823
Phone: (814) 359-2739
County: Centre County
Enrollment: 254
Grades: KG-5

30. PORT MATILDA EL SCHOOL
Address: 209 Locust Street, Port Matilda, PA 16870
Phone: (814) 692-7429
County: Centre County
Enrollment: 161
Grades: KG-6

31. RADIO PARK EL SCHOOL
Address: 800 W Cherry Ln, State College, PA 16803
Phone: (814) 231-4115
County: Centre County
Enrollment: 441
Grades: KG-5

32. STATE COLLEGE AREA HS
Address: 653 Westerly Pkwy, State College, PA 16801
Phone: (814) 231-1111
County: Centre County
Enrollment: 2,541
Grades: 8-12

33. WINGATE EL SCHOOL
Address: 751 S Eagle Valley Rd, Wingate, PA 16823
Phone: (814) 355-4872
County: Centre County
Enrollment: 457
Grades: KG-6

34. WONDERLAND CS
Address: 2112 Sandy Drive, State College, PA 16803
Phone: (814) 234-5886
County: Centre County
Enrollment: 34
Grades: KG

35. YOUNG SCHOLARS OF CENTRAL PA CS
Address: 1530 Westerly Parkway, State College, PA 16801
Phone: (814) 237-9727
County: Centre County
Enrollment: 158
Grades: KG-7