Character education is a district-wide initiative based on character traits identified by the community as being important. Each month, teachers focus on a different trait, incorporating them into classroom and building activities.
The district is a leader in technological innovation and infrastructure, with more than 3,000 laptop and desktop computers districtwide, including 1:1 computing in grades 5-12. WiFi is available in all instructional areas, at speeds of 600 MB for every high school classroom and every other elementary and middle school classroom. All core classrooms are also equipped with interactive whiteboards, handheld devices such as iPads, and classroom performance systems available. The district’s technology infrastructure is maintained by nine full-time employees and supports some 5,000 users.
Conestoga Valley is committed to an assessment program reflecting national, state and local measures. Each year, CV administers the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) math and English Language Arts (ELA) exams in grades three through eight, and science in grades four and eight. High school students take the state’s end-of-course Keystone Exams in algebra, literature and biology. CV maintains a balance of diagnostic, benchmark, formative and summative assessments at all levels, including locally-developed assessments.
Each school in the district has a quality library staffed with a certified school librarian. CVSD patrons have use of more than 80,000 print volumes that can be shared through Destiny, the online library catalog. All CV students have access to online resources, including grade-level appropriate specialty databases, ebooks and electronic tools. Online resources are available 24/7 for use at home. District libraries offer video collections and the capability to download streaming audio and video. The libraries at CV High School and Gerald G. Huesken Middle School offer extended hours for student use.
CV has excellent, modern facilities for learning. The district boasts specially-designed classrooms that feature digitial science and music equipment, 3D printing, three television studios, three 500+ seat auditoriums, a synthetic turf stadium field, all-weather track, a state-of-the-art fitness center and a 2,000-seat gymnasium.
Conestoga Valley takes a proactive approach to keep students in a safe learning environment. Emergency plans are in place at each school. CV’s School Resource Officer (SRO), a full-time officer with the East Lampeter Township Police Department, is a visible presence in all CV schools. Buildings are designed to route all visitors through secure entrances. The district’s Safety Task Force meets regularly to review plans and make further recommendations.
The district provides numerous special services to its students, including gifted education, learning support, emotional support, life skills support, Response to Instruction and Intervention (RtII), speech and language programs including English as a Second Language (ESL), bullying prevention programs, the Student Assistance Program (SAP), guidance counselors and psychologists in each school, and nurses and/or nurse assistants in each building.
All CV schools offer special education services, based on a student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). These supports could involve modification of lessons or instruction outside of the regular classroom. CV’s special education services aim to enable all students to achieve to their fullest potential.
CV VIRTUAL Academy
An area pioneer in online learning, CV offers students in grades K-12 a cyber education with a local touch. Virtual Academy students experience self-directed learning in core subjects, while enjoying access to CV field trips, on-campus elective courses and extracurricular activities. CVVA also recently opened two learning centers on CV campuses, an elementary learning center at Fritz Elementary and an Internet Cafe at the high school.
CV Education Foundation
The Conestoga Valley Education Foundation (CVEF) is an independent, non-profit organization that has provided more than $1 million in funding for educational initiatives since its founding in 1993. CVEF’s Board of Trustees looks to fund creative and innovative classroom projects that are not funded through the regular district budget.
CV emphasizes communication with employees, parents, community members, students and others. The district’s public relations program uses multiple platforms to promote programs and accomplishments. CV administrators meet regularly with parents, employees and students, and the school board hosts community forums annually, typically in the fall and spring.
Volunteers in Action
CV has a tradition of strong, enthusiastic parental support. In 1975, the district initiated Volunteers in Action (VIA), an organized volunteer program that assists teachers and administrators. Last year, VIA had more than 500 volunteers donate more than 9,000 hours of service to CV schools.
CV High School has been recognized as one of the top high schools nationwide by US News & World Report. CV students post some of the highest test scores regionally and are among the highest academic growth rates statewide. Many CV teachers have received honors including Outstanding Art Educator, Outstanding String Teacher Award, State MS Physical Education Teacher of the Year, State Art Supervisor of the Year, Teaching Impact Award and Excellence in Science Teaching.