Current student enrollment is approximately 1250 and professional school staff number over 105. The district has four schools: Enders-Fisherville School for kindergarten and first grade, Halifax Elementary School for grades 2-5, Halifax Middle School for grades 6-8, and for grades 9-12, Halifax High School.
School Budget Information:
The community is very supportive of local education efforts and generates nearly $6.8 million in revenues each year toward the annual school budget for the school district of approximately $17 million.
Over the past four years, approximately 70 percent of high school graduates have begun study at two or four year colleges, with remaining students entering employment or the armed forces. In recent years several high school seniors have received National Merit Scholarship commendations. Post graduate surveys show high satisfaction levels with high school learning and college retention rates are higher than average. Elementary and Middle school students regularly participate in Stanford Achievement Testing and resultant mean scores are typically state averages. Halifax Area School District participates each year in the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment and the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
High School course offerings are diverse and include the following areas: College Preparatory English, Social Studies, Mathematics, and Science courses, Computer Applications, Cooperative Education, Art, Music, Gifted Education, Advanced Placement Calculus, Advanced Placement English, Business Education, Health, Physical Education, and Family & Consumer Sciences. Partnership with Dauphin County Technical School. Middle School curricular offerings focus on reinforcement and refinement of basic skills with courses in Reading, English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Algebra, Science, Computer Skills, Health, Physical Education, Art, Home Economics, Industrial Arts, and Music. Elementary students receive instruction in reading, writing, language arts, social studies, arithmetic, science, health, music, guidance, computer skills, and art.
At the high school the following activities support the academic curriculum: Band, FBLA (Business Club), Chorus, Conservation Club, Coral (Literary Magazine), Drama Club, Environmental Club, FCCLA, Future Teachers of America, HiLite (School Newspaper), Indoor Guard, Language Club, National Honor Society, Percussion Club, Prom Club, Stand Tall, Student Council, Varsity Club, and Wildcat (Yearbook). Middle school extra-curricular activities include: Future Homemakers of America, Newsletter, Student Council, and Yearbook. Elementary extra-curricular activities are sponsored by the Parent-Teacher Organization. In addition to program meetings and various special events, the PTO sponsors Grandparent's Day, School Curriculum Fair, and a variety of educational trips.
Halifax Area School District is committed to continuous planned school improvement. Ongoing curricular review occurs, along with reviews of testing and student achievement. Much emphasis and support is provided to professional development for all teachers. Some recent improvements include: Instructional Support Teams for grades K-5, character development programs for elementary, middle and high school grades, team planning for all grades, implementation of PA Standards and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics recommendations for mathematics instruction, Title One Remedial Reading Program commitment to Reading Recovery for grade one, computer laboratories and addition of computer use and support to the school curriculum, Advanced Placement calculus and English courses for high aptitude students, Access Pennsylvania—a computerized statewide inter-library loan system for the high school library, an induction program and Essential Elements of Instruction training for beginning teachers, implementation of Student Assistance Program.
Class sizes are less than 25 in most elementary and secondary classes. Free school bus transportation is provided to students. School breakfast and school lunch programs are available with free and reduced priced meals for qualifying students. Pre-Kindergarten and Head Start programs provided to qualified families. Developmental and personal guidance services and basic school health services are provided to students. A comprehensive education program to serve special needs children is provided. A parent-school liaison group operates in each of the schools. School buildings are modern and well-cared for. Halifax Area School District website: www.hasd.us