Award Year: 2018

Harrisburg High School SciTech Campus

215 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA, 17101-2116

(717) 703-1900

Dr. Sieta L Achampong, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School, Magnet School, Choice School

Harrisburg City School District

School Website


SciTech High personalizes instruction and support services to provide the experiences and opportunities that each student needs to make good decisions in a wide variety of contexts. We seek to challenge, fill the gaps, and inspire the dreams that will lead our students to succeed in college and make significant contributions to their community. We envision SciTech as a school with permeable walls and endless possibilities, a school that integrates content knowledge, organizations, people, and ideas.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 68%
  • White: 5%
  • Hispanic: 18%
  • Asian: 9%
  • ELL: 6%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 100%
SciTech Students and Staff Lab demonstration

SciTech Students and Staff Lab demonstration

Harrisburg High School Campus is a STEM, college preparatory high school. When speaking with the students and faculty of SciTech, you will often hear the expression, "my SciTech family." Our founder envisioned a school with a family atmosphere that would alter the landscape of secondary education in Harrisburg. She wanted to create a safe place where a community of learners could thrive not because they were better than other students in the city, but because they believed in her dream as well and because they trusted a small group of educators to lead them.

To this day, our demographic has not changed: our students persevere despite poverty, despite setbacks and systemic racism, despite the quiet desperation that makes so many young people stop short because they can see no way to make it to the finish line. Our teachers and administrators, then, realize that we are coaches who bring hope where there is little. Officially, we institute programs to foster achievement; we offer rewards for mastering state exams, and we recognize students individually for demonstrating leadership, scholarship, and character. But our greatest asset is not the summation of our programs that look good on paper. It is the atmosphere of love and family that we foster with students. Recently a student wrote this unsolicited assessment in an essay for his English class: "I'm struggling with a lot of things, but coming to school is one of the best things I ever did. SciTech makes me feel like I'm at home, and I love it."