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 available. 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. We recognize the important role our public school system plays across 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. As such, we cannot fail at 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. We recognize that preparing our community’s youth for a global world is not an easy task. As such, 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

    We desire to prepare our students to have the knowledge, skills, social and emotional resiliency, and civic awareness necessary to be in a position to successfully pursue at least one of the following paths after graduating from our high school: 

    • Obtain a career that pays a livable wage.
    • Attend a postsecondary institution to further their education.
    • Seek an opportunity in our nation’s armed forces.

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


    3) The 4 A's

    The Elizabethtown Area School District believes achieving broad success in the following four areas far exceeds achieving success on a standardized test:

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

    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 philosophies K-8 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) Lancaster-Lebanon Virtual Solutions (LLVS)

    With the rapidly growing demand for personalized learning options to meet all student needs and learning styles, the Lancaster-Lebanon Virtual Solutions (LLVS) program provides an online platform designed for students to pursue their academic program in a non-traditional environment as Elizabethtown Area School District students.

    READ MORE about the Elizabethtown Area School District's LANCASTER-LEBANON VIRTUAL SOLUTIONS 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

    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 to 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 to 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 for our District being 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 each day.

    READ MORE about the accomplishments of OUR AMAZING STUDENTS.


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