NPSD Board of School Directors
Top Row: (L-R) Suzan Leonard, Frank O’Donnell, Timothy Kerr, Carolyn Murphy, Edward Diasio
Bottom Row: (L-R) Josephine Charnock (Vice President), John Schilling, Theresa Prykowski, Vincent Sherpinsky (President)
Located approximately 20 miles north of Philadelphia in an expanding suburban area, the North Penn School District has an approximate population of 98,000. The school district includes the boroughs of Hatfield, Lansdale, and North Wales, the townships of Hatfield, Montgomery, Towamencin and Upper Gwynedd, and the village of Line Lexington. North Penn residents represent a wide variety of occupations, as well as ethnic and educational backgrounds.
North Penn School District
North Penn spans an area of 42 square miles. There are 13 elementary schools (grades K-6), three middle schools (grades 7-9), one high school (grades 10-12) and one alternative school.
North Penn has a district-wide curriculum which guarantees uniformity of instruction across all North Penn schools. At the elementary level, the program includes a language arts program which integrates the instruction of reading, English and spelling through use of a literature-based approach. Math and science incorporate a hands-on application approach with instruction of basic skills. Social studies includes the study of local, state and national history and geography, as well as an introduction to significant world historical events and ancient civilizations. Students receive instruction in physical education, art, music and computer applications on a regular basis.
The middle school level includes academic teams for the instruction of English, math, reading, science and social studies in grades seven and eight. Students take a variety of exploratory courses so they can experience diverse opportunities as they define their interests, strengths, and capabilities during their adolescent years. The ninth grade program is, by design, more individualized to group eligible students according to like abilities and needs.
At the high school level, effective programs in all subject areas are designed to meet the varied needs of a diverse student body. Accelerated programs are available in world languages (five years) and mathematics. Honors courses (H) are offered in English, social studies, science, world languages, mathematics, music and art. Advanced placement (AP) courses are available in Studio Art Drawing, Studio Art Design, Art History, English Language, English Literature, Economics (Macro-Micro), U.S. History, European History, World History, Psychology, American Government and Politics, Computer Science, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Environmental Science, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Music Theory, French, German, Latin, and Spanish.
The Gifted Program provides enrichment, independent study, acceleration and mentorships for the students identified as gifted and talented. 8% of the senior class participates in the work/career experience program. Another 8.5% attend the North Montco Technical Career Center which is immediately adjacent to the North Penn campus.
North Penn High School
North Penn High School (NPHS) is a three-year, comprehensive high school with an enrollment of approximately 3,000 students. North Penn is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Instruction is provided by an experienced professional staff of 201 members (63% have advanced degrees). Over 62% of all students are involved in at least one facet of a broad-based activity program which is notably strong in the areas of athletics, music, theatre, student publication and student government.