#1: Deer Lakes School District is a technology-focused s
chools district, which is evidenced by it being one of just 10 Google Certified school districts in Pennsylvania. As part of Deer Lakes’ one-to-one technology initiative, each Deer Lakes student at all grade levels has his or her own personal learning device. Deer Lakes is also a Common Sense Media school district and a member of the Future Ready collaborative.
#2: In its 2018 ratings of the top suburban schools in the region, the Pittsburgh Business Times awarded Deer Lakes a composite score of 2.6 out of a possible four. The rating – which was based on SAT scores, number of Advanced Placement courses offered, all-day kindergarten availability and school district tax rate – tied it with such well-regarded school districts as Upper St. Clair, Baldwin-Whitehall, Shaler Area and South Fayette. Deer Lakes was ranked ahead of school districts like Bethel Park (2.4), Elizabeth Forward (2.4) and West Jefferson Hills (2.2) amongst others.
#3: The performing arts department at Deer Lakes continues to outpace most of its competitors. In addition to claiming two Gene Kelly Awards in the past three years for its outstanding musicals, the district has also regularly sent students to the prestigious Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) district and regional honors festivals. Also, for the past two years, the Deer Lakes High School marching band has taken home the top honors in its classification at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Marching Band Association Championships (PIMBA).
#4: Thanks in part to an innovative scheduling philosophy that invites student
collaboration on some of our course offerings, Deer Lakes has seen a nearly 500-percent increase in students taking AP tests since 2015. Deer Lakes also received a National Math and Science Initiative grant, enabling the high school to build upon its AP programs. In the 2020-2021 school year, Deer Lakes earned the U.S. News & World Report
Best High Schools award.
#5: Deer Lakes has established itself as one of the most wellness-conscious school districts in the state. Through initiatives like Laps for Learning, Deer Lakes has been awarded more than $50,000 in various wellness grants that it has poured directly into student wellness initiatives like tower gardens in our schools, the introduction of a Kinesthetic Lab at its primary school, the planting of a fruit orchard outside our primary school and wellness rooms in all four district buildings. Deer Lakes was also featured in a 2018 Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s documentary short for its innovative farm-to-table lunch meal program.