Quality education, from preschool through graduate school, is one of the region’s top priorities. High school graduation rates are significantly higher than state and national averages and dropout rates are minuscule, less than 2 percent in most local districts.
Close to 80 percent of our public high school graduates further their education, many at one of the local colleges, universities and technical schools located throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Twelve public school districts serve Lackawanna County. Millions of dollars have been invested in new schools and in new technology. Class sizes are small – our average student/teacher ratio is just 16 to 1 – and average graduating class size is more than 200. Advanced placement, gifted programs and special education services are offered by most local school districts. The Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County offers outstanding programs for students in the trades, technical and allied health areas.
The Diocese of Scranton operates a multi-county parochial school system including Holy Cross High School and Scranton Preparatory School. Scranton Prep, a private high school operating in the Jesuit tradition has received national accolades for the academic achievements of its students. Close to 95 percent of the graduates from our private schools enroll in college.
Area institutions of higher learning provide a multitude of degree and non-degree programs for both traditional and adult students. The Greater Scranton area has many outstanding colleges, universities and business schools. Sixteen post-secondary institutions, enrolling more than 45,000 students are located within a 50-mile radius of downtown Scranton.
School Districts & Charter Schools
Abington Heights School District
Carbondale Area School District
Dunmore School District
Forest City Regional School District
Lackawanna Trail School District
Lakeland School District
Mid Valley School District
North Pocono School District
Old Forge School District
Riverside School District
Scranton School District
Valley View School District
Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County
Fell Charter Elementary School
Howard Gardner Multiple Intelligence Charter School
Independent, Private and Parochial Education
Abington Christian Academy
All Saints Academy
dePaul School for Dyslexia
Nine post-secondary institutions are located in Lackawanna County and offer a diverse set of programs from world class research and medical studies to specializations in architecture and technical trades. Several of Lackawanna County’s colleges and universities have teamed with regional industry to develop customized curriculums and work-study that transition into full-time employment at graduation. Our region’s institutions train a workforce that is ready for any industry.