The Middletown Area School District is located in the southern portion of Dauphin County, approximately ten miles from the city of Harrisburg. The District encompasses approximately seventeen (17) square miles, which includes the Middletown Borough, Royalton Borough, and Lower Swatara Township. Middletown Borough and Royalton Borough provide a small town atmosphere. In recent years, the Lower Swatara Township has begun to see some of its farmland converted into suburban developments. Although the district’s population is predicted to increase more rapidly in the future, the present population of approximately 18,500 has increased by only 5% during the past decade.
The District operates three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. Over the past six years, student enrollment has experienced a slow decrease. The present enrollment of 2,539 students is a decrease of over 300 students since the year 2000. The overall percentage of low-income students enrolled in the district has increased over the years from 20.2% in 2000 to 28.7% in 2005. The district’s wealth, as measured by market value and personal income, has increased slightly, resulting in a decrease in aid ratio provided to the district by the state from .5722 in 1996 to .5099 in 2006.
The school district has been recognized for its recent restructuring efforts. The district has implemented a Response to Intervention (RTI) program for students in Kindergarten through Grade 2. The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development selected the high school’s Pathways to P.R.I.D.E. curriculum for presentation at its national conference in Chicago. The Pennsylvania School Board Association selected the high school curriculum guide as an award winning publication. The Pennsylvania Department of Education awarded the district a Project 720 grant which will assist the High School in the development of its career pathways and a Page I grant to assist the Middle School in minimizing student achievement gaps.
Many support services are available to meet the diverse needs of our student body. New programming has been implemented in the areas of social services, special education, developmental reading, and middle school mathematics. Internet access is available in all school libraries, computer labs, and classrooms. All district computer labs have been replenished and classroom computers upgraded during the past five years. Instructional software is used to assist students in the mastery of the academic standards for reading and mathematics. Parents who wish to monitor their child’s grades and attendance are able to do so through email and web access through the PowerSchool Parent Portal.
Additional programs available to address the special interests or needs of district students include Dauphin County Technical School and the Capital Area School for the Arts. The district has established numerous articulation agreements with colleges and universities in the surrounding area. Work incentive programs and internships are available to help several secondary students to explore the world of work prior to graduation.