SciTech High School

Harrisburg, PA

Five years ago when Harrisburg had the worst test scores in Pennsylvania, the state legislature created enabling legislation that allowed the mayor to take over the district and select district administrators and the school board. The mayor is turning the district around, and demonstration programs have been created to set the pace. Starting in 2002 as a small learning community, the fledgling SciTech program served 150 students in a wing at Harrisburg High School. In 2003, the program moved to Rowland Middle School, occupying the bottom floor of the building with two portable classrooms serving as technology labs. In the fall of 2004, SciTech High relocated to its current location in three adjacent buildings in downtown Harrisburg. The school grew to 450 students in grades 9-12.