Why EASD?

  • Selecting the right school district for your child is a big decision, and we know you want to choose a learning environment that offers the best opportunities. At the Elizabethtown Area School District, student learning is at the center of everything we do. We strive to create personalized opportunities for ALL students to develop a foundation to be LIFE READY upon graduation. In addition, we recognize the vital role our public school system plays in our local, regional, national, and global landscapes. It is not too grandiose to think that we ARE developing tomorrow’s innovators, thinkers, community members, and civic leaders. We cannot fail in our mission of Every Student Graduates Ready to Live, Learn, and Thrive in a Global Community.

    Ten Reasons EASD Is Special...

    1) Our Vision

    Our schools are vibrant learning centers that promote 21st-century learning skills and processes like collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking. Peek inside our classrooms at all grade levels, K-12, and you will see students actively engaged in quality, real-world learning experiences. Yet, we recognize that preparing our community’s youth for a global world is not an easy task. We remain focused on supporting ALL students to learn through a rigorous and personalized education.

    READ MORE about the Elizabethtown Area School District's VISION.


    2) Life Ready Model

    EASD defines LIFE READY as helping our students achieve their dreams and aspirations for their future. Therefore, our entire K-12 system must work together to achieve this goal by offering age-appropriate, meaningful academic and career-ready experiences responsive to the ever-changing modern economy. LIFE READY looks different to each of our students at their graduation. For some, it could be positioning themselves to be successful at the post-secondary level. For others, it is having the ability to enter the workforce and earn a livable wage. Yet, for others, their desire may be to enter a branch of our armed services upon graduation.

    READ MORE about the Elizabethtown Area School District's LIFE READY MODEL.


    3) The 4 A's

    At Elizabethtown, our core mission is to help our students become LIFE READY at graduation, not simply score well on a standardized test. As such, we focus on providing a comprehensive array of opportunities, personalized learning experiences, and core instruction in four main areas (The 4 A's):

    • Academics
    • The Arts
    • Athletics & Extracurricular Activities
    • Altruism

    In contrast to standardized test scores that can be impacted by many factors, success in the 4 A's is a year-long effort. Achieving broad success in each of these four areas is important for our students to graduate ready to live, learn, and thrive in a global community. 

    READ MORE about the Elizabethtown Area School District's commitment to a PERSONALIZED EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM for all students.


    4) Leader In Me Initiative - 7 Habits

    To ensure our graduates are best able to cope with the demands of the workforce and/or the postsecondary learning experience, we prioritize and support the social and emotional needs of our students. As such, we employ the Leader In Me - 7 Habits philosophy K-12 to address the diverse social, economic, emotional, and family backgrounds of our students. This internationally-recognized program is built around acclaimed author Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

    READ MORE about the Elizabethtown Area School District's LEADER IN ME - 7 HABITS initiative.


    5) Etown Cyber

    Etown Cyber offers a robust educational program for students K-12 that want to pursue their education in a non-traditional format. The program's flexibility is designed to meet the individualized needs of our students. Unlike outside cyber charter schools where students may be in a class with teachers and classmates from across the Commonwealth, students enrolled in Etown Cyber remain with their local school district. 

    READ MORE about the Elizabethtown Area School District's ETOWN CYBER program.


    6) Dedicated Employees

    The Elizabethtown Area School District believes that a major component of ensuring our students are "Life Ready" at graduation is providing a dedicated, skilled team of professional and support staff that works tirelessly to give our students the very best education possible. As such, we recruit and hire the most qualified candidates balancing terms of experience, education, and skills with the desired attributes for the position.

    READ MORE about the Elizabethtown Area School District's DEDICATED EMPLOYEES.


    7) Post-Secondary Dual Credit Opportunities

    For students interested in a post-secondary education after graduation, active engagement in the college-preparation process while still in high school is critical to their future success. Research has proven that student engagement at the high school level in college prep classes leads to higher post-secondary success rates. Providing our students with opportunities to exhibit their knowledge, skills, and abilities in college-level courses is integral to our post-secondary readiness platform. At Elizabethtown, students can take a variety of traditional college prep classes aligned with their interests and career aspirations. Additionally, when appropriate, students can get introduced to the rigors of post-secondary coursework by choosing from a multitude of college-level offerings during their high school years, including Advanced Placement level, Dual Enrollment, and College in the High School offerings.

    READ MORE about Elizabethtown Area High School's POST-SECONDARY DUAL CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES.


    8) Safe Schools

    The safety of our students, faculty, support staff, administration, and school visitors is a top priority of the Elizabethtown Area School District. We believe that our students have a right to come to school each day in an environment that is safe and conducive to learning. We also recognize that school safety is not accomplished in isolation. We proactively seek partnerships with our first responders and local emergency management experts. Additionally, we value community input and support in identifying potential risks and threats within the greater-Elizabethtown community.

    READ MORE about the Elizabethtown Area School District's SAFETY & SECURITY philosophy and practices.


    9) Personalized Learning Initiative

    The Elizabethtown Area School District's 1:1/Personalized Learning initiative aims to transform the way students learn. This program provides a laptop for each student in grades 4-12 for educational use during school hours and at home. Using 1:1/Personalized Learning computing, students are empowered to take a more active role in course instruction through greater access to technology resources.

    READ MORE about the District's 1:1/PERSONALIZED LEARNING INITIATIVE.


    10) Amazing Students

    Our students are a continued source of pride and a big reason our District is a first-rate public school system. Whether it is encouraging and helping one another, participating in our programs and activities, or serving as ambassadors across the region and state, our students make remarkable contributions to our school district daily.

    READ MORE about the accomplishments of OUR AMAZING STUDENTS.


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