Ambridge Area School District

The Ambridge Area School District is a midsized, urban public school district in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. It serves the boroughs of Ambridge, Baden, Economy and South Heights and Harmony Township. The district encompasses approximately 27 square miles (70 km2). According to 2000 United States Census Bureau data, it serves a resident population of 25,022. By 2010, the District's population declined to 23,831 people.[3] The educational attainment levels for the Ambridge Area School District population (25 years old and over) were 89.8% high school graduates and 21.8% college graduates.[4] The District is one of the 500 public school districts of Pennsylvania.

Ambridge Area School District
Map of Beaver County Pennsylvania School Districts.png
901 Duss Avenue
, Pennsylvania, 15003
United States
Coordinates40°35′32″N 80°13′33″W / 40.592295°N 80.225945°W / 40.592295; -80.225945 (District office)Coordinates: 40°35′32″N 80°13′33″W / 40.592295°N 80.225945°W / 40.592295; -80.225945 (District office)
District information
Established1971 (1971)
NCES District ID4202440[1][2]
Students and staff
District mascotBridgers
Other information

According to the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, 40.6% of the District's pupils lived at 185% or below the Federal Poverty Level [1] as shown by their eligibility for the federal free or reduced price school meal programs in 2012.[5][6] In 2013, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, reported that 16 students in the Ambridge Area School District were homeless.[7] In 2009, Ambridge Area School District residents’ per capita income was $18,652, while the median family income was $46,294.[8] In Beaver County, the median household income was $49,217.[9] In the Commonwealth, the median family income was $49,501[10] and the United States median family income was $49,445, in 2010.[11] By 2014, the median household income in the USA was $53,700.[12]

Ambridge Area School District operates five schools: Ambridge Area High School, Ambridge Area Junior High School, Economy Elementary, Highland Elementary and State Street Elementary. High school students may choose to attend the Beaver County Career and Technology Center for training in the construction and mechanical trades. For the 2014-15 school year, 381 resident students chose to enroll in public charter schools and cyber charter schools, rather than attend the District's schools.[13][14]

The Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit IU27 provides the District with a wide variety of services like: specialized education for disabled students; state mandated training on recognizing and reporting child abuse; speech and visual disability services; criminal background check processing for prospective employees and professional development for staff and faculty.


The district offers a variety of clubs, activities and sports.


The District funds:

Junior High Middle School Sports

According to PIAA directory July 2016[15]


  1. ^ "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Ambridge Area Sd". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  2. ^ "District Directory Information - Ambridge Area SD". US NCES. U.S. Department of Education. 30 March 2016.
  3. ^ US Census Bureau, 2010 Census Poverty Data by Local Education Agency, 2011
  4. ^ proximityone (2014). "School District Comparative Analysis Profiles".
  5. ^ Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, Education Facts Student Poverty Concentration by LEA, 2012
  6. ^ Daveen Rae Kurutz (December 2016). "Percentage of school-age children living in poverty in Beaver County up". The Times.
  7. ^ Collin Deppen (January 2015). "How many children are homeless in your school district?" (PDF). Pennsylvania Department of Education.
  8. ^ US Census Bureau, American Fact Finder, 2009
  9. ^ US Census Bureau (2014). "Pennsylvania Median household income, 2006-2010 by County".
  10. ^ US Census Bureau, American Fact Finder, State and County quick facts, 2010
  11. ^ US Census Bureau, Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010, September 2011
  12. ^ Jeff Guo (September 15, 2015). "Lower wages for whites, higher wages for immigrants, and inequality for all". The Washington Post.
  13. ^ Finnerty, John., Cyber School debate reignites in Harrisburg, The Daily Item, July 20, 2016
  14. ^ PDE, Ambridge Area School District Fast Facts - Charter School Enrollment, 2016
  15. ^ Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletics Association (2016). "PIAA School Directory".