Clarion Area School District
School Board Members
The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires all school districts to create a comprehensive plan for their schools. The plan is developed through a collaborative process to ensure that all students are achieving at high levels. Clarion Area School District parents, community members, staff, administrators and Board members met for the past several months as a committee working together to revise our District's Comprehensive Plan.
The new Plan will be submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Education at the end of March for implementation through the end of the June 30, 2024 cycle. The plan will be on display in the District Office from Friday, February 4 through Friday, March 4 and is available for download below.
The Clarion Area School District is located in the center of Clarion County in scenic Northwestern Pennsylvania. Composed of Clarion Borough, Monroe Township, Paint Township, and Highland Township, the school district encompasses 71 square miles. CASD is one of seventeen districts served by the Riverview Intermediate Unit #6.
Approximately 830 students are housed in two buildings – a Pre-K through 6 elementary school and a 7-12 junior/senior high school. Clarion Area is noted for its emphasis on academic excellence, its outstanding fine arts program, small class sizes, high attendance and participation rates, modern facilities, and a safe environment.
The Elementary School is situated on 19 acres of land. The grounds include three playground areas and an environmental science nature trail. In addition to strong basic skills instruction, the elementary curriculum features a full array of services and programs including: full-day kindergarten, gifted and talented enrichment, special needs instruction, standard and wireless/mobile computer labs, fiber optics networking, instructional support, guidance, early intervention, instrumental and choral music, art, physical education, and a well-stocked library. Intramural sports, academic competitions, and an active PTO are additional features of the Elementary School program. Clarion Area Elementary School is fully accredited by the Middle Atlantic States Association of Schools and Colleges.
Academic excellence is the hallmark of our curriculum. Regardless of a student’s academic strengths or educational goals, Clarion High’s extensive course offerings are designed to meet his or her individual needs. A challenging curriculum allows college-intending students to prepare for the demands of the most competitive universities. In addition, a highly motivated student can earn an honors diploma by following a rigorous program of studies which includes honors and advanced placement courses.
Renovated in 1997, the High School building is wired with a fiber optic network, allowing students extensive access to electronically-transmitted instructional resources. For students who wish to learn a vocational trade, the Clarion Area School District is associated with the Clarion County Career Center (AVTS). The Clarion Area Junior/Senior High School is also accredited by the Middle Atlantic States Association of Schools and Colleges.
More than 65% of all junior/senior high school students participate in one or more of the following extra-curricular activities: football, volleyball, golf, cross country, soccer, basketball, wrestling, track, baseball, softball, cheerleading, marching band, show choir, dance team, debate and Science Olympiad. Bobcat athletes have won numerous league, district, and state titles, including back-to-back PIAA class AA state championships in boys track and field during the 2000 and 2001 seasons and the volleyball team won the PIAA class A state championship in 2012.
Clarion Area School District is well known for excellence in the performing arts. There have been many students advanced to state band and to state chorus, with two students being named first chair in band. Art students regularly secure admission to prestigious colleges and universities and pursue careers in fine and technical arts.
The school district has a close relationship with Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Many Clarion Area students enroll in college courses and participate in a wide range of enrichment opportunities sponsored by Clarion University.
Clarion Area students routinely perform well on standardized tests and graduate to pursue successful careers in a wide range of fields. Clarion Area graduates have been recognized nationally for their research in science, served as lead illustrators for major motion pictures, worked as editors and producers for network and cable television, performed with metropolitan operas, and served as leaders in local government, as well as in business and industry both locally and in cities around the nation. In 2003 Clarion Area was recognized by the state as one of fifty Pennsylvania schools to provide an outstanding education at a reasonable cost.
Clarion Area enjoys a rich academic tradition and looks forward to a bright future. Supportive parents, a dedicated Board of Directors, highly skilled professional and support personnel, and great students work together to ensure that CASD lives up to its motto:
Clarion Area…Dedicated to Excellence!
It is the mission of Clarion Area School District to graduate students with the knowledge, critical thinking skills, and character necessary to become responsible and productive citizens.
Philosophy and Beliefs
The commitment of the Clarion Area School District to the education of our students is governed by our beliefs as expressed in the following statement of philosophy. We accept the propositions set forth as challenges to be met by students, teachers, parents, school administrators and the community as we work collectively to provide our students with the opportunity to attain academic excellence.