Penn Manor schools earn top state academic rankings

For the third year in a row, Penn Manor High School is one of the highest-rated schools in Lancaster County, according to School Performance Profiles released this month for all public schools in Pennsylvania.

Manor and Marticville middle schools also earned high rankings, while district elementary schools earned a range of scores.

Penn Manor High School was ranked No. 2 among the 16 high schools in the county, with an SPP score of 92.1 out of a possible 100 points, an increase of 0.7 points from last year.

Marticville Middle School earned a score of 74.7, third-highest among the 22 middle schools in Lancaster County, and Manor Middle School earned a score of 72.1, for a fifth-place ranking.

SPP scores for elementary and middle school students were not reported last year due to the implementation of new PSSA testing aligned to the more rigorous Pennsylvania Core Standards.

While SPP scores declined from 2014 to 2016 for K-8 schools throughout Pennsylvania, the rankings indicate continued strong results for most Penn Manor schools.

Conestoga was the district’s top-ranked elementary school, with 80 points, for an 11th-place ranking among the 72 elementary schools in Lancaster County.  Letort was ranked 14th, Pequea was ranked 21st, and Eshleman was ranked 35th.

Martic (52nd), Hambright (55th) and Central Manor (64th) were ranked in the bottom half of the county’s elementary schools.

Penn Manor is taking steps to improve those outcomes.

“The district continues with a plan started in 2015 to strengthen elementary programming across all schools,” said superintendent Dr. Mike Leichliter.

“The first step was taken this school year to standardize both the elementary master schedule and re-examine the way in which we provide academic support to all students. The goal is consistent instruction and assessment results throughout all 10 schools in Penn Manor.”

School Performance Profiles are based on standardized tests (PSSAs and Keystone Exams) of student achievement, student academic growth and other factors, such as graduation or promotion rates and evidence of rigorous course offerings.

The rankings of all schools are available at

NOTE: The state Department of Education has found irregularities in some of the SPP calculations and has temporarily suppressed the numbers. If this impacts Penn Manor’s scores, we will update this article.