Transition Center Info (2021-2022 School Year)


    On March 26, 2019, the Elizabethtown Area School District board of education approved a renovation project to the lower level of Elizabethtown Area Middle School (CLICK HERE for details). As part of the approval process, the school directors also adopted the following new grade-level configurations for our school buildings effective the 2021-2022 school year:

    • Primary Elementary Schools: Kindergarten - Grade 2
    • Bear Creek School: Grade 3 - Grade 5
    • Elizabethtown Area Middle School: Grade 6 - Grade 8
    • Elizabethtown Area High School: Grade 9 - Grade 12

    In March 2020, the global health pandemic closed down schools in the Commonwealth for the remainder of the school year. Over the next ten months, the District concentrated its efforts on reopening our schools safely for in-person instruction, building a robust online learning option (EASD Online), and supporting the social and emotional needs of our students.

    In December 2020, the school directors reaffirmed the grade-level transitions for the 2021-2022 school year. Now that the decision on where students will be placed has been finalized, transition planning continues in earnest. In our ongoing efforts to keep our families informed and answer questions, this transition center has been established to provide quick and easy access to presentations, summary of board meeting remarks, and other communications relating to the grade-level reconfiguration and planning.


    The benefits of making this grade level configuration are as follows:

    • Better able to meet the needs of all students K-8 by maximizing staffing across both levels
    • Consolidate PSSA testing into two buildings (Bear Creek School and EAMS) as opposed to six
    • Better alignment of counselors at the primary level to support student needs
    • Will alleviate overcrowding in some buildings and make better use of space
    • Better able to maintain class size targets and minimize inconsistencies across the District
    • Sixth-gade curriuculm is more aligned with the middle schol curriculum providing a better flow of instruction
    • Pairing third, fourth, and fifth grades together gives us a developmentally appropriate elementary education
    • Sixth graders will have a greater access to extracurricular activities and clubs available at the middle school level
    • Enhanced educational continuity of programming available at the secondary level by all grades 6-12 being in the same complex



    For specific updates related to the third or sixth grade transitions, click the appropriate link below: