Clarion Area School District is located in the heart of Clarion County in scenic Northwestern Pennsylvania and serves the needs or four municipalities including Clarion Borough and Monroe, Paint and Highland Townships. Clarion Borough is also the home of Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Overall the school district encompasses 71 square miles. The district is noted for its emphasis on academic excellence, its outstanding fine arts program, small class sizes, a high extracurricular participation rate, modern facilities, and a safe environment.
Dr. Michael Stahlman, Superintendent
Mr. John Kimmel, Principal
Mr. Brandon Maines, Director of Special Education
Counselor, Mrs. Rosary Pennington
School Nurse, Mrs. Tedra Craig
Athletic Director, Mrs. Nancy Mills
Number of Teaching Faculty: 28
District Total Enrollment: 798
High School Total Enrollment: 383
Grade 12 SAT I & II, ACT, ASVAB, Advanced Placement
Grade 11 PSAT/NMSQT, SAT I & II, ACT, ASVAB,
Advanced Placement, Keystone Exams
Grade 10 PSAT, Keystone Exams, Advanced Placement
Grade 9 Keystone Exams
Grading System Transcript Key
A = 93 - 100 AP - Advanced Placement
B = 85 - 92 * - Weighted Courses
C = 76 - 84 DE – Dual Enrollment
D = 69 - 75
F = 68 & below – no credit
P = Pass
F = Fail
Graduation requirements shall include course completion and final grades, completion of a culminating project and additional requirements set forth by Pennsylvania School Code.
The instructional program shall include:
English Four (4) Credits
Social Studies Four (4) Credits
Mathematics Three (3) Credits to include topics in algebra, geometry, statistics, and calculus
Science Three (3) full year courses to include biology and 2 additional credits
Math OR Science One (1) additional credit in math or science (Career Center students do not need this extra credit)
Physical Ed/Health One (1) physical education credit to include 4 years of participation and One(1) course of health
Total Credits 24 minimum, with Six (6) major courses plus physical education each year minimum course load
The high school project shall include the completion of a Portfolio compiled during the student’s high school career. The Portfolio must include, but not be limited to:
* A career research project
* A resume
* A self-reflective letter of recommendation
* One job shadowing experience and accompanying thank you letter
* Two postsecondary planning activities
* 12 hours of community service
* High school transcript
* Formal Portfolio presentation
The high school project shall be completed under the guidance and direction of the high school faculty. The purpose of this project shall be to assure that students are able to apply, analyze, synthesize and evaluate information and communicate significant knowledge and understanding.
Honors Diploma: An Honors Diploma is awarded to any student completing prescribed sequence of rigorous courses including Enriched and Advanced Placement courses. A minimum grade point average of 95% is required to receive this honor with no course grade lower than an 85%. On average, about 5% of Clarion Area seniors achieve this annually.
Advanced Placement Courses: Language and Composition, Literature and Composition, Chemistry, US Government and Politics
Dual Enrollment: Qualifying students may begin their college experience while still in high school through dual enrollment courses at Clarion University
College in High School: Students enrolled in AP Chemistry and/or College Physics have the opportunity to earn college course credit through University of Pittsburgh.
Clarion County Career Center: Students may enroll at the career center for half day technical education for Allied Health, Automotive Technology, Culinary Arts, Computer Technology, Cosmetology, Construction Technology, Diesel Technology, Police Science, Welding and Fabrication.
Pupil Enrichment for Gifted Students, Learning Support, Emotional Support and Life Skills
Course Offerings and Grading
The high school curriculum is organized around an eight period day with 45 minute periods. Required and elective courses are offered as yearly and semester courses on a two day cycle. For additional information about course offerings, please visit our school web site where you will be able to access the high school course guide.
Report cards are distributed four times per year. Grades recorded as numeric percentages are averaged at the end of each school year. These final grades are recorded on the high school transcript. Weighted courses have an additional four points added to the final grade. Weighted grades are used for grade point average calculations and ranking purposes. All Advanced Placement courses and enriched courses are weighted as well as third and fourth year foreign languages. Physical Education and Pass/Fail courses are not included when ranking and computing grade point averages.
College Boards and Advanced Placement Results
Seventy-six percent of our 2016 graduates took the SAT I at least one time before graduation. Mean SAT results for 2016 DAHS graduates were critical reading, 508; math 489; and writing 481. Mean results for the state of Pennsylvania were critical reading, 500; math 506; and writing 481.
Clarion Area students took 10 ACT exams in 2016. Mean results were English 22.9, math 20.2, reading 22.4, science 22.0 and composite 22.0.
In 2016, Thirty-six Clarion Area students took forty-eight AP Exams with twenty-four scoring a three or above resulting in a 67% success rate.
Attending a 4 year college 61%
Attending a 2 year college 8%
Attending Vocational or Career Schools 8%
Employment/ Other 8%
(The above figures are taken from the pre-graduation survey of the Class of 2016)