The East Penn School District is located in the Lehigh Valley’s metropolitan area which has a total population of a half million people. With proximity to New York City, Philadelphia, the Pocono Mountains and the New Jersey shore, East Penn is an ideal location that is experiencing residential and business growth. Click here for a map of the East Penn School District. For driving directions, click here. Click here for more information about the District’s buildings. For in-depth information about the district’s test scores, enrollment, fiscal information and student and staff celebrations, visit the EPSD Dashboard.
800 Pine Street
Emmaus, PA 18049
(610) 966-8300 (voice)
(610) 966-8339 (fax)
The East Penn School District will provide a learning environment in which students become problem solvers, collaborators and critical thinkers.
Mission Statement: The East Penn School District will empower students to maximize their individual potential and become lifelong learners and contributors to a global society.
Students and Programs
The K-12 enrollment in October of 2013 was 8058 which included 3564 elementary, 1919 at the two middle schools and 2575 at the senior high. The Pennsylvania Department of Education has projected continued growth.
East Penn is noted for its academic excellence. Of the Class of 2014, 56% are attending four-year colleges or universities, 21% are attending two-year colleges and 1% are attending business, nursing or technical schools and 22% entered the workforce or military for a total of 78% seeking higher education. Twenty (20) advanced placement courses and 23 honors courses are offered at the high school. There are classes for special needs students and academically gifted on all levels. Student activities include dramatics and musical performances as well as an active club program. At the secondary level, 22 varsity and 12 junior varsity sports are offered with over one-third of the students participating.
The East Penn staff consists of approximately 538 professional and 432 support members, with 87.2% of the teachers holding a masters degree or beyond. In addition to attending many workshops and conferences each year, every professional employee participates in various workshops and training activities through the Employee Development Program to enhance their particular skills. Members of our professional staff are resource persons for state, national and international conferences, adjunct college professors and published writers and researchers.
The elementary schools of the East Penn School District provide all students with the academic and problem solving skills essential for personal development, responsible citizenship, and life-long learning. A strong emphasis is placed on English/language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics as well as the development of independent thinking, collaboration, and problem solving skills across all curriculum areas. A variety of grouping strategies is employed for instructing students. Enrichment and academic support are available to meet the needs of individual students.
Kindergarten programming is conducted on a half-day basis. The curriculum includes reading readiness, mathematics, science, social studies, language development, art, music, physical fitness, library, and opportunities for social growth and the development of good work habits.
Entrance age for admission to kindergarten is 5 years old before September 12. Kindergarten registration occurs in spring and all registration forms are on the district website. Proof of age and immunization are required. Vision, hearing, and speech/language screening are offered as part of the kindergarten registration process.
The Elementary curriculum includes language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, health/wellness/fitness, penmanship, art, vocal and instrumental music, and library education. Use of computers and associated educational technology are integrated across the curriculum. PSSA standardized tests are administered to all students in grades 3-5 in both English Language Arts and Mathematics. Grade 4 students also take the Science PSSA test.
Special Education programming includes life skills support, autistic support, learning support, and emotional support classes in grades K-5. A gifted support program is offered in grades K-5.
The instructional program at the Secondary Level focuses on the development of content area skills as well as critical thinking and problem solving.
The Middle School curriculum (Grades 6 – 8) includes language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, world languages, health, wellness/fitness, art, music, technology education, family and consumer science, computer applications, and vocal and instrumental music. Honors level courses are offered for some subjects.
The High School curriculum (Grades 9 – 12) includes required and elective offerings in computer science, computer and business applications, English, mathematics, world languages, social studies, science, health, wellness/fitness, art, music, technology education, family and consumer science, driver education, and vocal and instrumental music. Honors and advanced placement courses are offered in English, social studies, math, science, world languages and computer science. Emmaus High School also offers students the opportunity to participate in dual enrollment program, allowing students to concurrently earn high school and college credits. Additionally, the East Penn School District is a participating member of Lehigh Career & Technical Institute. Students at the high school may elect to attend the technical institute and pursue a large variety of program offerings.
Individual and small group counseling is provided to help students develop a self-awareness of their talents and interests. Additionally, Guidance Counselors provide a full range of services to support students’ personal, educational, and career goals.
Special Education programming includes an academically gifted program, as well as learning support classes, emotional support classes, and life skills support classes.
Assessment in the secondary program includes achievement and aptitude tests, semester and final exams, Keystone Exams, AP exams, and PSAT/SATs.
Extra-curricular activities include clubs, intramural and interscholastic sports, theater, and opportunities to participate in student government, National Honor Society, school newspaper, yearbook, and choral and instrumental ensembles.