The Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District is located in Clearfield and Centre counties. It is comprised of approximately 1,900 students and 300 employees in two K-4 elementary schools (Philipsburg Elementary and Osceola Mills Elementary), a 5-6 intermediate-level school (North Lincoln Hill Elementary), a 7-8 Junior High School and a 9-12 Senior High School.
Philipsburg Osceola is committed to helping all students achieve at the highest levels. Teachers use inquiry-based instruction, an effective, researched-based teaching strategy, and work collaboratively to prepare students to become outstanding citizens.
Students can earn college credits during high school through dual enrollment partnerships with Mount Aloysius, Penn Highlands and Lock Haven University. In 2009-10, the district implemented Everyday Mathematics, one of the nation's leading elementary math programs, in grades K-6. The Junior High School and Senior High School use the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project curriculum. In 2011-12, Philipsburg-Osceola implemented SpringBoard, a pre-AP program by the College Board, in its secondary English courses. In addition to dual enrollment, the Senior High offers a range of AP courses and more than doubled its enrollment in those courses in a year's time.
Philipsburg-Osceola uses a team approach to help all children succeed. Every cycle, the district holds meetings with all teachers of each grade, the principal and the guidance counselor. At these meetings, the success levels of all students within each grade are discussed. Teachers decide which instructional interventions are needed to support students, and each child’s progress is closely monitored. Teachers discuss using additional interventions, if necessary, and may call on the advice of additional district professionals, such as the school psychologist, reading specialist and special education teacher. Child Study Group, comprised of school counselors in all schools, the school psychologist and superintendent, may also offer recommendations.
Philipsburg Elementary, Osceola Mills Elementary, North Lincoln Hill Elementary and the Junior High School use the research-based Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. The district has a K-12 Student Assistance Program.
All Junior High students participate in one of four academic teams - Dragons, Raptors, Knights and Galaxy. Teachers in science, math, English and social studies are assigned to teams and have common planning time to discuss strategies and individual student needs. Grades 9 and 10 also have two academic teams - the Blue Team and White Team - for each grade level.
All students in K-6 participate in an Integrated Arts program in which students receive additional instruction in art, music, library and physical education. All P-O students are expected to learn the arts through a daily rotation, or mini 5-minute lessons -- in these special areas, designed to build students' skills.
For further information, individuals are urged to contact the school district administration office at 814-342-1050.