Education – Elementary and Secondary

Tamaqua Area K-12 Schools
This mission statement is the guiding principle by which nearly 2,500 students between kindergarten and twelfth grade are educated:
“The Tamaqua Area School District, in partnership with home and community, is committed to empowering students by providing opportunities to achieve their maximum potentials as responsible citizens and productive lifelong learners competing in an ever changing global community.”

Middle States Accredited
Both our High School and Middle School are fully accredited by the Middles States Commission on Secondary Schools. This designation is based on a school’s current quality of education, select student performance objectives, and plan for fulfillment of those goals in the future.

The Middle States visiting team noted that, “The Tamaqua Area High School is a small ‘gem’ discovered in the mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania… Students, parents, and staff talk about the value of “being” at Tamaqua Area High School. A sound curriculum is in place. The school is regarded well for the safe and secure school environment [it provides] to the community. Student conduct is exemplary. The high school makes excellent use of funds given the limited resources present in a public school budget. High School Administrators, Central Office Personnel, and the high school staff work cooperatively toward the goals and ongoing improvement of the school.”

School Report Card
The Tamaqua Area School District Academic Achievement Report for 2010-2011 is available from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. It reveals that the district again made “Adequate Yearly Progress” (AYP) with regards to attendance, graduation rate, academic performance, and test participation. Efforts exist throughout the district to continue this trend. These include student benchmarking and data analysis to determine areas in need of re-teaching and students in need of remediation.

Dual Enrollment
Advanced students have the opportunity to take courses through dual enrollment, which allows them to earn both high school and college credit (through the Lehigh Carbon Community College) simultaneously. Course offerings currently include Anatomy & Physiology, College English, and Public Speaking. In addition, a number of Advanced Placement (AP) courses are taught in the high school. These include AP Biology, AP European History, and AP American History.

Vocational Education
Many vocational options are available to students and adult learners through the Schuylkill Technology Centers in nearby Frackville and Mar Lin, Pennsylvania. Students can study a range of full-time programs including masonry, culinary arts, occupational child care, automotive technology, heavy equipment operator, electromechanical technology, and commercial driving, and practical nursing. This instruction allows students to earn certificates prior to graduation, making them eligible for the workforce immediately or preparing them for post-secondary education.

Virtual Campus
For those students who prefer more independent, 21st century learning the Tamaqua Area Virtual Campus allows on-line learners to study the same curriculum taught by district teachers.

Private Schools

In addition to quality public education, there are several private schools located in or near the Tamaqua area:  St. Jerome’s Regional School and Marian Catholic are both located directly within the district’s boundaries and are supported by the Tamaqua Area School District’s transportation program.

Saint Jerome Regional School
250 West Broad Street
Tamaqua, PA 18252
Co-ed, Grades K-8

Mission Statement
Saint Jerome Regional School is committed to teach the gospel message of Jesus Christ and to integrate Christian values through all academic areas. Our goal is to develop the whole child:  spiritually, academically, physically, socially, and emotionally. Through all facets of the learning process, we dedicate ourselves to the transmission of Catholic faith and values. Integration of the spiritual and academic dimensions is essential to the education of the whole child so that they can respond to the needs of society through civic and religious involvement.

SJRS is accredited by the Middle State Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA).

St. Jerome Regional School follows the course of studies established by the curriculum guidelines of the Diocese of Allentown. The curriculum is maintained by the teachers through the use of selected texts and supplementary materials which correspond to the Diocese guidelines. Major curricular subjects include:  Religion, Mathematics, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science and Reading.   Minor curricular subjects include: Physical Education, Art, Music, Computer and Foreign Language.

The CYO, Catholic Youth Organization, provides extracurricular activities for the students of St. Jerome’s. The following activities are available to CYO members: Academic Bowl, Declamation, Spelling Bees, Arts & Crafts Contests, Bowling Tournament, Basketball, Cheerleader, Track, and Volleyball.  In addition, the following activities are also available through various contests and competitions throughout the community: Art Contests, Essay Contests, Math Contests and Spelling Bees.  School Leadership is available to students in Grades 5-8 by way of our Student Council.

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Marian Catholic High School
166 Marian Ave
Tamaqua, PA 18252
Co-ed, Grades 9-12

Located in the Tamaqua School District, Marian Catholic services approximately 325 students in grades 9-12.  Students who attend Marian Catholic are developed spiritually, morally, academically and socially through a curriculum that integrates the teaching of Christ and a value-centered curriculum.  The school  follows the course of studies established by the curriculum guidelines of the Diocese of Allentown. It offers a comprehensive curriculum that is both challenging and diversified to meet the needs of all students. Beyond major, minor and elective subject areas, courses are offered in vocational-technical education, advanced placement, honors and dual enrollment in cooperation with Lehigh Carbon Community College.

Students are able to develop beyond the classroom by joining in a wide variety of clubs, activities and interscholastic sports.

Marian Catholic is accredited by the Middle State Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA).

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