The Fleetwood Area School District is committed to excellence in providing the educational resources and opportunities that empower all students to become life-long learners, productive community members and responsible citizens in a dynamic global environment.
The Fleetwood Area School District, in partnership with families and the community, upholds high expectations, values diversity, utilizes current technology and resources, and creates a safe, active learning environment to enable each child to reach his or her potential.
We believe that children learn best when:
- instruction is active, engaging and relevant.
- provided with appropriate time, resources and technology.
- they are involved and responsible for their own success.
- valued, accepted and treated with dignity and respect.
- provided with a safe learning environment.
- individual needs are met.
- they take responsibility for learning and actions.
- the school, family, and community work together to support the education of all
The Fleetwood Area School District serves the children of Fleetwood Borough, Maidencreek Township, and Richmond Township. The district covers over thirty-nine square miles in northeastern Berks County. As of the close of school in June 2007, the district’s enrollment was 2,694 students in grades K-12. These students are served in five buildings including three, K- 4 elementary schools, a 5 - 8 middle school, and a high school for grades 9-12. There is one elementary school located in each of the three district municipalities. Equity of services to students has been a priority for the district. For example, both full day and half day kindergarten options are available to parents in each of the three elementary schools. The district honors parental requests for either full or half day programs to the best of its ability. The tax base for the school district is primarily residential, with a few exceptions, including the factories of East Penn Manufacturing and Giorgio Food Company.
The school district has experienced significant growth in its student population over the past
fifteen years. To accommodate additional students, the district built a new high school nine years
ago that was followed by renovations and an addition to its middle school. Each of the three
elementary schools were renovated with additions between fifteen and twenty years ago. As a
result of ongoing growth in the elementary student population, the district presently has eight
modular classrooms attached to two of its elementary schools. The elementary student body
continues to grow and the district is currently planning a fourth elementary building with
occupancy expected for the fall of 2009. In addition to the increasing numbers of students, the
district has undergone a gradual shift from primarily a small town and agricultural community to
one with an increasing number of students who speak English as a second language or display
learning challenges. As a result, the district has employed additional staff to address these needs including English Language Acquisition teachers and instructors to support students with identified special education needs. Overall, 1004 students in grades K-4 are served by 85 instructional staff. There is one principal assigned to each of the three elementary buildings. There are 65 instructional staff to support 813 middle school students and there are 71 instructional staff at the high school to serve 881 students. At both the middle and high school levels, a principal and an assistant are assigned. Central administration includes a superintendent and assistant superintendent who jointly oversee the operation of the school district. The superintendent directly supervises the business operation of the school district in conjunction with the business manager and her assistant. In addition, the superintendent also supervises the director of student services whose responsibilities include special education and pupil services staff and programs. The assistant superintendent is responsible for designing and
supervising curriculum implementation district-wide and, together with the superintendent, supervises the principals.
The Fleetwood Area School District Board of School Directors is dedicated to provide the best education to its students while maintaining responsibility to district taxpayers.
The district is one of eighteen public school districts that comprise the Berks County Intermediate Unit (#14). The intermediate unit hosts regular meetings for leaders of its member districts including superintendents, curriculum coordinators, human resource directors, and principals. These meetings facilitate sharing best practices, addressing problems, and planning professional development initiatives.
The district is proud of its collaborative relationships with local businesses and the Chamber of
Commerce. Presently, the superintendent serves as a director on the Northeast Berks Chamber
of Commerce board and on the Berks Business Education Coalition board. Both of these
organizations support the training of students to provide the county with a viable workforce.
There is ongoing communication between the school district and local employers as to their
needs and expectations for new employees.
In addition, the district has many specialized classes assisting students to not only prepare themselves for college, but also to earn college credit. The district offers advance placement courses in English, World History, US History, Calculus, US Government & Macroeconomics, Chemistry, and Biology. In addition, the district has dual enrollment agreements with the Reading Area Community College for Calculus, US History, Biology, English, Accelerated Physics, and Spanish III & IV. The district also has an agreement with Lehigh Carbon Community College for Television Production.