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About SSSD

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Shanksville-Stonycreek District is to maximize the potential of the whole student in a safe environment while maintaining the unique character of our community school.

Vision Statement:

We will achieve the mission by providing a caring, stimulating and safe comprehensive learning environment which focuses on academics, technology, and communication to create problem solving individuals who are well equipped morally, intellectually, physically, socially, and emotionally to function as life long learners in a multi-cultural world.

Shared Values:

The Shanksville-Stonycreek School District values the following:

  • Pride and respect for our country, community, school, and self
  • Equal opportunity for every student to succeed
  • High expectations for student achievement
  • Focus on the individual
  • Acceptance of others
  • Well-rounded individuals
District Demographics:

The Shanksville-Stonycreek School District is  nestled along the slopes of the Allegheny Mountains in  the central part of Somerset County about eight miles  northeast of Somerset, Pennsylvania and 30 miles  northwest of Cumberland, Maryland.  It is comprised of the township of Stonycreek and the boroughs of Indian Lake and Shanksville.  The school district has a population of approximately 2,800 residents. 

Much of the land is productively engaged in farming. Lumbering and strip mining are also important components of the local economy.  The area has vast opportunities for the expansion of tourism and recreation in a multi-seasonal climate.  The Flight 93 National Memorial is also part of the District. The District's residents are employed in a variety of positions locally as well as in Somerset,  Johnstown,  and the Cumberland, Maryland area.

Because of the size of its student population, which is 280 students PreK-12,  the district consistently ranks as one of the smallest, single-building districts in the state.  Shanksville consistently graduates 100% of its seniors, and on average, 58% move on to higher education, 16% to military, and the remainder to the workforce.   The District also consistently scores above average on the PSSA test.  Reading Recovery, Guided Reading, Scholastic Reading Counts, and Tech Prep are just some of the special programs offered at Shanksville.