The St. Marys Area offers outstanding educational opportunities for students of all ages, from elementary grades through high school, post-secondary education and adult education.

The St. Marys Area School District

“A world class education with the rural advantage.”
  • Student-faculty ratio: 14.2 to 1
  • School district operating budget: $19 million
  • Enrollment: High School & Middle School, 1,445; elementary schools, 1,115

With strong academic and technological initiatives and a commitment to students and community, the St. Marys Area School District gives the highest quality education for their students future.

The St. Marys Area School District believes strongly in preparing students for life and has implemented a technology initiative that has a student-computer ratio of 3.4 to 1. The District has also implemented “Career Pathways for All Students” (CPAS), which gives all students the opportunity to learn more extensively about careers.

The High School provides a variety of extracurricular activities including 19 varsity sports, 21 different clubs or activities, and many musical activities including Marching Band and Show Choir. Both the middle school and the elementary school also provide a number of activities including intramural sports.

Elk County Catholic School System

“Faith formation is woven into the fabric of our Catholic education.”
  • Enrollment: 800
  • Student-faculty ratio: 16 to 1

St. Marys is also served by the Elk County Catholic School System. The Elk County Catholic School System is fully accredited with certified teachers. Catholic education provides a low-cost, faith/values centered educational alternative with tuition assistance for families in need. Students of other faiths are welcome.

Hallmarks of the schools include high academic standards and fair, enforced discipline codes. Catholic post-secondary education in the region is offered by institutions such as Duquesne, Gannon, Mercyhurst, St. Bonaventure, and St. Vincent.

Northern Pennsylvania Regional College (NPRC)

“Experience NPRC’s exceptional education model.”

Northern Pennsylvania Regional College (NPRC) is a two-year, open admission college serving communities in nine counties of northern Pennsylvania.

Degree courses are $185/credit hour and dual enrollment courses are $60/credit hour! Classes begin at 12:30 p.m. and are offered through the evening at more than 20 locations via real-time interactive video technology. Students are able to gain the in-class experience and education without having to leave their communities. Dual enrollment, Associate degrees, and workforce training options are available.

NPRC is authorized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to grant Associate degrees and certificates in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and is proudly pursuing regional accreditation. Affordable. Accessible. And Definitely Achievable.

Community Education Center of Elk and Cameron Counties

“Your Center. Your Future. Your Community.”

The Community Education Center of Elk and Cameron Counties (CEC) was incorporated in 1991 and began offering post-secondary credit and non-credit programs and classes in 1992. The CEC is located in the Marienstadt Center on 4 Erie Ave, St. Marys and has nine classrooms including three computer labs, two interactive television units and 4 traditional classrooms.

The CEC works closely with institutions of higher education to encourage them to provide programs and services in our region. PSU DuBois, the University of Pittsburgh Bradford, Clarion University, Gannon University and Butler Community College have partnered with the CEC to offer degrees, seminars and non-credit workshops. Other partners that have been part of the CEC offerings over the years have been Clarion, Gannon, Kettering, Edinboro, Mansfield, Lock Haven, and Slippery Rock Universities. In addition, the council works with students and prospective students to examine programs and identify educational opportunities which best suit their needs.

Approximately 30 credit courses are offered each semester and enrollments have grown from 450 the first year to 2,500-3,000 enrollments each year in recent history. For further information contact the CEC at 781-3437 or visit