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Western Wayne was formed in 1969 and is composed of the townships of Canaan, Lake, Salem, South Canaan, Sterling, and a portion of Clinton. The borough of Waymart is also part of the Western Wayne School District. Encompassing approximately 174 square miles in western Wayne County, the school district is 25 miles north and east of the city of Scranton in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
As a school district, Western Wayne consists of three elementary schools, a middle and high school. The approximate total student enrollment is 2,500.
The mission of the Western Wayne School District, in partnership with family and community, is to develop, inspire and educate each student to be an adaptable, culturally aware, independent, life-long learner and a responsible citizen of a global society.
Located in one of the most picturesque areas of the state, the Wayne Highlands School District covers 435 square miles and is the second largest geographic school district in the state (1/3 the size of Rhode Island).
While the mission of all Pennsylvania public schools is defined by a series of regulations, the Wayne Highlands School District has traditionally required a standard for its graduates well beyond those of the state. Consequently, the faculty and administration adopted a District Mission Statement and Goals that reflect these ideals. These ideals are based on a foundation of excellence in teaching, scholarship, school citizenship and service. They also focus on the demands that will be placed on our students as they enter the next century. With these things in mind, the mission of the Wayne Highlands School District is to promote a school-community alliance dedicated to:
- Dynamic and Flexible Education Processes
- Success for All Students
- Interdependent Lifelong Learning
- Respect for Oneself and Society
In short, our mission supported by teaching excellence, remains and will remain a focal point of the daily operation and strategic planning for our District's future.
Formerly a region of small manufacturing, canal transport, lumbering, and farming, the present focal point of the area's economic life is Lake Wallenpaupack with its related resort and vacation enterprises. Lake Wallenpaupack, the second largest lake in Pennsylvania, was man-made by Pennsylvania Power & Light. Construction was completed in 1926. Before that, only a stream flowed through the beautiful valley. The local Leni Lenapi Indian tribe called the stream "Wallenpaupack" which means "the stream of swift and slow water."
The Wallenpaupack Area School District's mission is to provide an educational environment that promotes excellence. Students will be able to communicate effectively and apply technology appropriately, thereby developing into lifelong learners who are responsible citizens of the world.