Award Year: 2022

Rockwood Area Elementary School

435 Somerset Avenue
Rockwood, PA, 15557-1030

(814) 926-4688

Mr Jonathan Hale, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Rockwood Area School District

School Website


The Mission of the Rockwood Area School District is to empower students to reach their full potential as well-rounded, lifelong learners and responsible members of society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 97%
  • Hispanic: 1%
Where children are the focus and everyone belongs!

Where children are the focus and everyone belongs!

The Rockwood Area Elementary School, located in Somerset County, is a rural district in the heart of the Laurel Highlands region of Pennsylvania. The school is situated on a small campus just outside the borough limits of Rockwood. The District encompasses nearly 146 square miles of rolling hills, forests, and farmland. Students are fortunate to be supported by a number of community resources and organizations, including the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce, the Rockwood Rotary, the Laurel Hill Lions Club, and the American Legion. Additionally, the District has enjoyed a close relationship with area churches and the Rockwood Ministerial Association over the years.

The school serves students in kindergarten through sixth grade. The student population has been declining in recent years, with approximately 290 students currently enrolled, the majority of whom come from middle-class working families. Students have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of activities that will enhance their lives for years to come and make them contributing members of society.

Students are served by a professional staff of 100% "Highly Qualified" teachers, non-teaching professionals, and administrators. Academic courses focus on the development and application of the PA Core Standards in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Students of all ability levels are supported through the Multi-tiered Support System, gifted, and special education programs. Student academic progress is tracked and supports are supplied through our Instructional Support Team (IST) and Elementary Student Assistance Program (ESAP). Students participate in a number of events throughout the school year. Fifth and sixth grade students can participate in student council and reading competitions. Parent involvement is supported by a coordinator, and educational sessions benefitting students' academic and social well-being are held throughout the school year. The PTO and parents are very active and attend school events on a regular basis.

The Rockwood Area Elementary School serves as the center of the surrounding community. The District has established a relationship with the community that encourages residents and organizations to utilize the District's facilities and activities. In return, the community has always supported the students of the Rockwood Area School District.