Nestled by the Susquehanna River in Northeastern Pennsylvania's Wyoming County is the highly respected, progressive Tunkhannock Area School District. Living proof that bigger is better, Tunkhannock Area is the largest school district in Bradford, Susquehanna, Sullivan and Wyoming counties and has the most to offer in both academic and extracurricular programs. The district has modern facilities including a recently renovated high school building which was completed in 2002. A state-of-the-art middle school that was completed in September of 1999, houses grades five through eight.
The Mehoopany Elementary School which was built in 1996 was destroyed by fire in April of 2002. The new structure opened on the same site in 2003. Three other elementary schools have been constructed since 1972.
The athletic programs have benefited from recent construction of an all weather track, tennis courts, a softball field and a field hockey field. Renovations at the football stadium, the high school pool, wrestling room, baseball field and weight training facility have been completed. Approximately 3100 students are enrolled in the Tunkhannock Area School District, which includes four elementary buildings (K-4), the middle school (5-8) and the high school (9-12). The four elementary centers are located in Evans Falls, Mill City, Mehoopany and Tunkhannock, while the middle and high schools are both located in Tunkhannock.
Tunkhannock Area High School is a modern facility with updated computer laboratories well-equipped industrial, vocational and technical areas and an Olympic sized swimming pool, a large gymnasium, a modern theater type auditorium, CADD mechanical drawing and drafting facilities, and a planetarium. The curriculum is well balanced and class scheduling is designed to give each student an opportunity to explore areas of interest. Advanced Placement courses are offered to qualified students, ample facilities are available for laboratory study and a variety of extracurricular clubs and activities complement our comprehensive high school program.
The Tunkhannock Area Middle School program offers a strong academic foundation to all its students with the support of a network of time-tested effective middle school practices. Highlighted practices include teacher teams, small communities for learning success for all students, an advisory program, integrated instruction, and ready access to state-of-the-art technology, service learning, student government opportunities and a wide variety of interscholastic athletic programs. These programs and many more are housed in the new facility that opened in September, 1999. The completion of the middle school with its enhanced student areas and advantages for the community at large strengthens the close ties between the schools and community in Tunkhannock Area School District.
The Tunkhannock Area School District elementary school program offers all course subjects required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Programs for students requiring remediation in reading and a full range of special education services are available to students who qualify. A variety of teaching strategies beyond the use of regular textbook programs are utilized by classroom teachers. These include: whole language strategies, use of multimedia technology equipment, projects and emphasis on writing in paragraph form. Specialists offer instruction in art, music, physical education, library, computer and drug/alcohol education. Students are assigned to heterogeneously organized classrooms, eliminating tracking of students by ability groups.
The Tunkhannock Area School District athletic teams compete in the highly competitive Wyoming Valley Conference, which includes Hazelton and Berwick. The Tigers compete in the "A A A " class. Tunkhannock Area athletic teams have met with a great deal of success and continue to send student/athletes to college to further their academic and athletic careers. The Comprehensive sports program offers 20 varsity sports including: cross-country, field hockey, volleyball, tennis, golf, football, basketball, swimming, track and field, wrestling, soccer, baseball and softball. In the past few years, the district has performed a major facelift of its athletic facilities; highlighted by an all weather track and first-class baseball and softball diamonds. The new gymnasium in the recently completed middle school will also enhance all athletic programs of the district.
The newly agreed to contract between the Tunkhannock Area School District and the Tunkhannock Area Education Association provides a high degree of stability to the district. This progressive agreement assures the district of at least five years of labor and management agreement on a wide variety of issues. This stability provides both management and labor the opportunity to continue to work together to provide a well-rounded and complete education for the students of the district.
The primary objectives of the educational program provided by the Tunkhannock Area School District are adequate training for citizenship in a democratic society and economic sufficiency in the world of work. To attaining these goals, the responsibilities for providing the program and making it function effectively belong not only to the Board of Education and instructional, administrative staffs, but in the broadest sense to the student body and the citizens of the community.