The 12 public school districts and parochial education system all place strong emphasis on meeting the needs of individual students and shaping interests and skills through comprehensive programs that develop each student's full potential. All of the school programs introduce students to computer skills at an early age and high school curriculums are structured around basic mathematics, social studies, science and English courses. College preparatory programs emphasize additional skills. A broad range of extra-curricular and sports programs are available to all of the students for the total development of each person. The 12 school districts include Blue Mountain, Minersville Area, Pine Grove Area, Schuylkill Haven Area, St. Clair Area, Tri-Valley School District, Mahanoy Area, North Schuylkill, Pottsville Area, Shenandoah Valley, Tamaqua Area, Williams Valley.
Gillingham Charter School's curriculum and its implementation are monitored by both the Charlotte Mason Institute and Pennsylvania’s Department of Education. The Charlotte Mason Institute is a nonprofit organization that brings together relational educators from across the globe to accredit schools, train teachers, and tailor curriculum for public, private, and home schools. The Institute’s public charter branch offers a non-sectarian curriculum based on the teachings and philosophy of Charlotte Mason and meets all Pennsylvania Department of Education’s current state standards.
Schuylkill Technology Center is an accredited career and technical school comprised of 12 public school districts in Schuylkill County: Blue Mountain, Mahanoy Area, Minersville, North Schuylkill, Pine Grove, Pottsville, Saint Clair, Schuylkill Haven, Shenandoah Valley, Tamaqua, Tri-Valley, and Williams Valley. They serve students in grades 9-12, operate two cycles (August-January & January-June), and they have two campuses, STC South - located in MarLin and STC North - located in Frackville. STC offers 21 programs of study.
The Schuylkill Intermediate Unit #29 coordinates programs and consultative services to the 12 public school districts, as well as operating a Special Education Program. The Intermediate Unit also operates the Schuylkill Technology Center.
A business/education partnership and the Pennsylvania CareerLink Schuylkill, a program that has been developed to assist in job skills training for local workforce demands. This partnership also focuses on career awareness, school drop-out factors and other social and educational concerns of the Schuylkill County community. Higher education is available through several facilities. Penn State Schuylkill, combines the benefits of a small-college atmosphere - allowing for more individualized teaching - along with the power and prestige of a major research university.
Alvernia University-Schuylkill Center Alvernia defines the community. It is a vibrant intellectual environment in which students learn, discover, give and grow as leaders with moral courage. Guided by Franciscan values and the ideal of “knowledge joined with love,” and rooted in the Catholic and liberal arts traditions, Alvernia is a rigorous, caring, and inclusive learning community committed to academic excellence and to being and fostering: broadly educated, life-long learners; reflective professionals and engaged citizens; and ethical leaders with moral courage.
Lehigh Carbon Community College serves more than 9,700 credit and 4,100 noncredit students each year from Lehigh, Carbon, Schuylkill and surrounding counties and offered more than 90 programs of study in business, education, communication, computer science, technology, humanities, health care, science, engineering and math. From the main campus in Schnecksville and modern sites in Allentown, Tamaqua and Lehigh Valley International Airport, Lehigh Carbon offers two-year associate degrees, certificate and specialized diploma programs, and workforce training for students studying either full-time, part-time or online.
Penn State Schuylkill fulfills the university's land-grant mission by providing access to an affordable, high-quality education; conducting and promoting research that improves people’s lives; and engaging with our communities in order to make them better places to live. With 625 students, Penn State Schuylkill is a residential campus that offers baccalaureate degrees in nine majors, a co-op program launched in fall 2020, meaningful undergraduate research opportunities, 12 athletics teams that participate in NAIA conference play, and more.
Penn State CO-OP is a partnership with employers dedicated to bringing the classroom and workplace together in some of the most sought-after areas. This win-win collaboration helps students gain a real-world education while employers build a talent pipeline and a robust regional workforce.
As times have changed, so has the education system in Schuylkill County. A commitment to education with a dedication to developing the minds of young and old alike is an essential ingredient to the successful creation of the Schuylkill County of the future.