The Baldwin-Whitehall School District is situated in Allegheny County and educates more than 4,200 students from the Boroughs of Baldwin and Whitehall and Baldwin Township who attend classes in five buildings, including one high school, one middle school, and three elementary schools. The school district covers approximately 10-square miles and is located less than 10 miles from the heart of Pittsburgh.
In partnership with the parents and community, the District strives to provide all students with a rigorous, high-quality, standards-based academic program aligned to the diverse needs of all learners delivered in a safe and caring environment. The stakeholders of the Baldwin-Whitehall educational community envision a school district in which: all students acquire 21st century skills to become lifelong learners in a diverse, ever-changing world; every child is viewed as our greatest resource and, thus, our most valuable investment; all members of the educational community are dedicated to continuous improvement; and where all members of the school community are able to leverage technology to make meaningful contributions to to our global society.
By creating an environment that supports and celebrates innovation, the District hopes to bring students and teachers together to inspire creativity, learn side-by-side, and change the world. The District is committed to libraries designed for today’s students. The District redesigned elementary library spaces provide students with opportunities to work on projects that involve a green screen with video production equipment, an imagination area equipped with robotic kits, a mobile maker space, and Lego kits in order to provide programming in the areas of coding, robotics, making, and design. During the summer months, their STEAM camps are available to all local students, with scholarships for students who face financial hardships. These skills are further enhanced in their high school library media center, where students demonstrate mastery of both traditional and non-traditional skills associated with research.
At their middle school, the District constructed the IKS Highlander, an immersive, interactive simulator, reminiscent of The Magic School Bus created by Dream Flight Adventures. The IKS Highlander and Mission Ops lab empowers students to be critical thinkers and enthusiastic learners, while integrating the curriculum to include the full range of literacy skills (information, media, visual, digital, and technological) necessary to meet content standards and encourage lifelong learning.