Photos of exteriors of eight schools that received honors.

Eight elementary and middle schools earn ‘Best Schools’ honors

Eight Penn Manor elementary and middle schools have received “2024 Best Schools” honors from U.S. News & World Report in a recently published report.

Six of our seven elementary schools and both Penn Manor middle schools were named to the Best Schools list, based on student scores on state assessments in math and reading/language arts, and the socioeconomic status of each school’s student population.

U.S News released the report November 14. You can see how Penn Manor’s schools fared here.

Marticville Middle School was ranked 70th of the 2,134 Pennsylvania public middle schools in the report, and Manor Middle was ranked 111th. In Lancaster County, Marticville had the third-highest ranking, and Manor was fifth.

Five Penn Manor elementary schools – Letort, Eshleman, Conestoga, Pequea and Central Manor – were ranked among the top 10 percent of the 2,978 Pennsylvania public elementary schools included in the report.

Letort was ranked 124th overall in the state, Eshleman was 170th, Conestoga was 230th, Pequea was 236th, Central Manor was 251st, Martic was 349th, and Hambright was ranked 622nd.

Based on the rankings, Letort, Eshleman, Conestoga and Pequea were among the top 10 public elementary schools in Lancaster County.

Earlier this year, Penn Manor High School earned similar accolades from U.S. News. & World Report, which ranked the school No. 2 of the 18 public high schools in Lancaster County.

The high school rankings were based on graduation rates, advanced-placement test participation and scores, and standardized test scores.

“Penn Manor is honored to receive this recognition for our schools,” said Dr. Phil Gale, superintendent. “It is a true testament to the effort and commitment that our students and teachers put forth.”

“Congratulations to the students, faculty, and staff of our elementary and middle schools!”