Seneca Valley school district

Seneca Valley school district
Seneca Valley School District
Proud of the Past, Committed to the Future
Harmony, Pennsylvania, USA
Type public
Established 1967
Locale southwestern Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA
Superintendent Tracy Vitale, Ed. D.
Faculty 900
Grades K-12
Number of students 7,575
School Color(s) Columbia blue and black
Athletics baseball, basketball, boys and girls, cheerleading, cross country, coed, football, golf, boys and girls, lacrosse, boys and girls, soccer, boys and girls, softball, girls, tennis, boys ang girls, track and field, coed, volleyball, boys and girls Ice hockey
Mascot Indian brave

The Seneca Valley School District is a public school district in the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is centred on Cranberry Township, a quickly growing municipality. It also encompasses the boroughs of Harmony, Evans City, Callery, Zelienople and Seven Fields, as well as the townships of Forward, Jackson, and Lancaster.


Elementary schools

Connoquenessing Valley Elementary School

Connoquenessing Valley Elementary School (C.V.E.) serves Zelienople, PA, Harmony, PA and environs, including parts of Jackson Township, Cranberry Township, and all of Lancaster Township. The school is located at 300 Pittsburgh Street in Zelienople, PA.

Recently, the school participated in Random Acts of Kindness Week, where students collected money for Relay for Life. A courtyard has been cleaned up near the school by students and volunteers. Also, the school has been visited by noted children's illustrator and graphic design professor Scott Nash.

Academic Achievement
2009 PSSAs students on grade level
Reading - 86%[1]
Math - 90%

Evans City Elementary School

Evans City Elementary School serves Evans City, PA, Callery, PA and environs, including Forward Township and parts of Cranberry Township and Jackson Township. The school is located at 345 Rear West Main Street (Pennsylvania Route 68) in Evans City, PA and is colocated with Evans City Middle School.

Academic Achievement
2009 PSSAs students on grade level
Reading - 82%[2]
Math - 83.9%

Haine Elementary School

Haine Elementary School serves primarily western Cranberry Township, PA. The school is located at 1516 Haine School Road in Cranberry Township, PA and is colocated with Haine Middle School.

Haine Elementary School recently received two Keystone Awards from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for Meeting Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in three consecutive years for its students' results on the statewide PSSA testing. The school also boasts an active and involved Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO).

Academic Achievement
2009 PSSAs students on grade level
Reading - 83%[3]
Math - 91%

Rowan Elementary School

Rowan Elementary School serves primarily eastern Cranberry Township, PA and Seven Fields, PA. The school is located at 8051 Rowan Road in Cranberry Township, PA.

Academic Achievement
2009 PSSAs students on grade level
Reading - 89%[4]
Math - 94%

Middle schools

Grades 5-6

These middle schools were created with the intention of adjusting elementary students to high school. The schools use a "team-teaching" approach wherein students will have a classroom to which they are assigned, and the entire class will move to a different room for different classes such as science, math, or social studies. While the students stay with their same class, they experience changing teachers and changing classes for the first time.

Evans City Middle School

Evans City Middle School serves students who attended Evans City Elementary School and Connoquenessing Valley Elementary School. The school is located on 345A Rear West Main Street (PA Route 68) in Evans City, PA and shares a building with Evans City Elementary School.

The school's facilities include the "Little Creek Nature Trail", built by staff, students, and volunteers. Evans City Middle School has extensive involvement from its Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) and local police who provide a D.A.R.E. program to its students.

Academic Achievement
2009 PSSAs students on grade level
Reading - 73%[5]
Math - 82%

Haine Middle School

Haine Middle School serves students who attended Haine Elementary School or Rowan Elementary School and is located on 1516A Haine School Road and shares a building with Haine Elementary School.

The school has an active Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) which organizes events such as career fairs annually. The school also hosts its own PRIDE team, which organizes cleanups of the school's campus by its students.

Academic Achievement
2009 PSSAs students on grade level
Reading - 78%[6]
Math - 85%

Grades 7-8

Seneca Valley Middle School

Seneca Valley Middle School serves all students within the district and is located on the main campus in Harmony, PA. The current address of the school is 122 Seneca School Road, Harmony, PA 16037

The middle school is set up to adjust students further into high school life. While students freely change classes as in an American high school, five of their eight daily classes are all with teachers who teach on a team. These five teachers teach the same set of students on a "team" so that students will have classes with the same group of students and not have to deal with stresses on the same day, missing many classes for field trips, and so on. These teams also act as a microcosm of the high school atmosphere, instilling their own 'team spirit' on students and hosting team parties. The eighth grade teams are the Falcons, Hawks, Condors, Owls, and Eagles. The seventh grade teams are the Panthers, Cougars, Lions, Tigers, and Bobcats.

In recent times, the school has won many awards, most notably the 2005-06 Don Eichhorn Award for Middle School Excellence, recognizing it as one of the best middle schools in the state and the Keystone Award for Annually Yearly Progress on the PSSA. Individual teachers and teams have received numerous prestigious awards as well. Students have won awards for many activities within the school, including notable awards by the academic games team and consistent high performance by the school's choir.

In 2009, the 8th grade was ranked 34th out of 141 western Pennsylvania middle schools based on three years of student academic achievement in PSSAs in: reading, math writing and one year of science.[7] (Includes schools in: Allegheny County, Beaver County, Butler County, Fayette County, Westmoreland County, and Washington County

Academic Achievement
2009 PSSAs students on grade level
Reading - 89%[8]
Math - 88%

The school offers a choir program, a student band, an option to learn foreign languages, classes in performing arts, and classes in various mediums of design. In addition, seventh grade students are required to take one term of each French, Spanish, Latin, and German intended as an introduction. Eighth grade students are required to take six weeks of three different home economics courses and six weeks of three different industrial shop classes.


The school recognizes many sports which compete amongst each other or against different schools. These sports include boys' and girls' basketball, cheerleading, cross country, boys' and girls' soccer, softball, ice hockey, roller hockey, swimming, table tennis, and wrestling. Competitive and non-competitive clubs include academic games, art club, chess and checkers club, computer club, environmental club, helping hands club, library club, newspaper, sportsman's club, video club, weightlifting club, word games club,yearbook committee, and rocketry club. The school provides bus transportation at 4:30 on most days and 5:45 on all days to facilitate participation in after-school activities.

High schools

The middle school, intermediate high school, and senior high school are located together on one main campus in Harmony, Pennsylvania.

The high schools are part of an 'open campus' system wherein students may on occasion have a class in a building they are not assigned to by grade and must walk to their class in the other building. The high schools also share most extracurricular activities and ensembles such as the band and JROTC.

Seneca Valley Intermediate High School

Seneca Valley Intermediate High School (IHS) serves all students within the district and is located on the main campus in Harmony, Pennsylvania.

The IHS includes facilities such as a 1,100-seat auditorium, gymnasium, swimming pool, weight room, music rooms, art rooms, and many biology and chemistry labs. A courtyard has been updated and facilitated within the school and is available to students. The IHS benefits its students by featuring regular dance competitions, school movie nights, and spaghetti dinners.


The IHS publishes its own newspaper, the Raider Rumble. A wide variety of classes are offered to students within the IHS, mostly from students in 9th or 10th grade, though 11th and 12th grade students take classes within the building as well. The SHS also has its own newspaper, the Seneca Scout. Elizabeth Harris, a senior this year, is the head editor of the Seneca Scout.

Seneca Valley Senior High School

Seneca Valley Senior High School serves all students within the district and is located on the main campus in Harmony, PA.

Academic Achievement
2009 PSSAs students on grade level
11th grade Reading - 81%, In Pennsylvania, 65% of 11th graders on grade level. [9]
11th Grade Math - 70%, In Pennsylvania, 56% of 11th graders are on grade level
11th Grade Science - 51%, State: 40% of 11th graders were on grade level.

As of April 30, 2007, the new addition to the Senior High School has been opened for student use.

The senior high school's facilities include a small auditorium, gymnasium, music rooms, art rooms, industrial technology facilities, home economics facilities, special education facilities, and many science laboratories.

The Senior High School hosts a student-run preschool, publishes a literary magazine called the Raider Review, and a monthly newspaper, the Seneca Scout, which also distributes a magazine at the end of the school year.


In 2007, the average teacher salary in the district was $51,977 for 186 days worked. The district ranked second in Butler County for average teacher salary in 2007.[10]

Seneca Valley administrative costs per pupil in 2008 were $591 per pupil. The lowest administrative cost per pupil in Pennsylvania was $398 per pupil. [11]


The Seneca Valley Raiders football team has been in existence since the district's first year in 1967. Head coach Ron Butschle came to the program after winning a A State Championship at Sto-Rox High School in 2003. Butshle has compiled a 15-32 record with a 5-15 section record over the last five seasons. Butshle resigned in 2008 giving the new head coaching job to Don Holl, the recent head coach of Erie Cathedral Prep High School where he amassed a 35-14 record in his tenure there. Notable players from SV include Greg Ames, Defensive Lineman Slippery Rock University, Donny Barclay, offensive linemen for WVU, CJ Brown, Maryland Quarterback, Kevan Smith,former football QB turned baseball catcher for University of Pittsburgh, Brandon Fusco, Starting linemen for Slippery Rock University and now center for the NFL Minnesota Vikings(2011), Matt Plautz, wide receiver for Monmouth University, Donny Holl, Quarterback for Mercyhurst College, and Steve Swanson, Outside Linebacker for Edinboro University.

Notable Alumni

In 2011, Brandon Fusco (2007) was selected in the 6th round of the NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings. C.J. Brown, Maryland Terrapins Quarterback Don Barclay, Offensive Lineman for West Virginia Mountaineers


  1. ^ Connoquenessing Valley Elementary School Report Card 2009
  2. ^ Evans City Elementary School Report Card 2009
  3. ^ Haine Elementary School Report Card 2009
  4. ^ Rowan Elementary School Report Card 2009
  5. ^ Evans City Middle School Report Card 2009
  6. ^ Haine Middle School Report Card 2009
  7. ^ The Rankings: Eighth grade, Pittsburgh Business Times, May 15th, 2009.
  8. ^ Seneca Valley Middle School Report Card 2009
  9. ^ Seneca Valley Senior High School Report Card 2009
  10. ^ Fenton, Jacob, Average classroom teacher salary in Butler County, 2006-07. The Morning Call. accessed March 2009.
  11. ^ Fenton, Jacob. Pennsylvania School District Data: Will School Consolidation Save Money?, The Morning Call, Feb 2009.

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