Welcome to Keystone Oaks High School, home of the Golden Eagles! It is our district’s mission to provide a safe learning environment that prepares critical thinkers to become responsible and productive members of society. With the collaboration of all stakeholders – students, parents, community members, teachers, support staff, and administrators – we can achieve this mission.I am excited to begin my second year as Principal to approximately 600 students in grades 9 through 12 and am proud of the rigorous, individualized curriculum that our school offers, including twenty-two Advanced Placement and Honors courses combined. Students have the opportunity to earn college credit through programs such as Dual Enrollment and College in High School, or they can explore vocational education through our partnership with Parkway West Career & Technology Center. This year, the PSAT will be administered to all 10th and 11th graders to determine college readiness and help prepare them for the SAT.
To ensure that our students are successful, we must provide effective and appropriate support. Our newly-established Mentor Program pairs 11th graders with incoming freshmen to help facilitate a smooth transition to high school; after-school tutoring is available for English and math; our teachers analyze academic data to determine current skill levels and set goals for growth, improvement, or enrichment; and the Student Assistance Program is offered to help families access school and community resources for children who may be experiencing barriers to learning. An emphasis on student attendance this year will also help to promote student success.
In addition to academics, Keystone Oaks offers a variety of athletic and extracurricular opportunities. With twelve varsity sports for boys, nine for girls, and over 30 clubs, students are encouraged to become actively involved in their school community. For ninth graders and students new to the high school, an assembly will be conducted at the end of September introducing the many clubs and activities that are available and providing students the opportunity to sign up!
Communication and parent involvement are critical components of the educational process at Keystone Oaks. PowerSchool can be used to access a student’s grades and attendance, and teachers and counselors can be contacted through email or voicemail. Our district’s website provides a wealth of information, and I will continue to send regular e-blasts containing important information specific to the high school.
As the 2016-2017 school year gets underway, it is my hope that the students of Keystone Oaks High School find their experiences here to be positive and rewarding. I look forward to continuing the traditions of excellence that have made our school among the top 10% of all public and private high schools nationally and in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Keith Hartbauer
High School Principal