Academics

Students at East Pennsboro Elementary School and West Creek Hills Elementary School follow the same curriculum. A strong emphasis is placed on reading and math skills, with special help and/or enrichment being provided in both areas for students who need it. Social studies, language arts, science, health, physical education, art, music, library, and computer instruction are all a part of the curriculum. Please see the links below for curriculum maps.

East Pennsboro Elementary School follows a eight-day cycle.  Students begin entering the building at 8:25 AM for breakfast.  Students riding the bus may enter the building for breakfast upon arrival after 8:25 AM, all other students may enter the building when the bell rings at 8:40 AM.
The school day begins at 8:50 AM and dismissal begins at 3:20 PM. All students have a half-hour lunch period and a fifteen minute recess each day.
Please call the school office for information about special schedules or for answers to scheduling questions.  Our normal office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  During off hours or when all our business lines are busy, voice messages can be left 24-hours a day.

Report Cards

There are four nine-week marking periods during the school year. Students receive report cards at the end of each nine-week period. Individual parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for all students to discuss academic progress. Students are graded in the following areas: art, music, handwriting, health, mathematics, language arts, physical education, reading, science, social studies, spelling, computers and social/personal development.
Report Cards:
The purpose of the elementary report card within East Pennsboro Area School District is to provide a clear and accurate description of each child’s progress in the following areas:
  1. Performance relative to the Pennsylvania Academic Standards established by the PA Department of Education (PDE).
  2. Academic performance relative to East Pennsboro Area School District’s curriculum and grade level benchmarks and expectations.
  3. Demonstration of the characteristics of a successful learner.

The focus is on the student performance over multiple opportunities, not simply the grading and averaging of tests and quizzes.  Specified learning goals applied to all students, provide consistent targets for students to meet. Standards provide a focus for aligning curriculum, instruction and assessment. They are the general categories that organize knowledge within a discipline. Each local school district in Pennsylvania develops curriculum aligned to the PA Standards. In East Pennsboro Area School District, the local curriculum exceeds the PA Standards in many areas.

Through the identification of clear benchmarks, a student’s knowledge and skills are measured on a continual basis, challenging students to perform at their  highest level of potential. Teachers collect evidence of a child’s achievement through careful observations, the examination of the student’s work, discussions, projects, performance tasks, quizzes, and tests. Teachers record information about each child’s progress on a frequent basis, analyze and compile that information, and finally use the data to evaluate each child’s progress and plan for future instruction.
The new report cards will be more reflective of students skills from all of the previously mentioned measurements giving a total picture of progress towards the standards and curriculum requirements. The three areas, Reading, Writing/Grammar and Mathematics, on the report card for each grade have skills listed below them, which are representative of the curriculum that is written to the state standards. Not every skill will be taught every marking period within the school year that results in there being no mark within the box on the report card.