RTM’s six schools serve approximately 3,750 students from the townships of Edgmont, Middletown, Upper Providence and the Borough of Media. In RTM, the average student/teacher ratio is 25-to-1 in the middle and high schools and 22-to-1 in the elementary schools. Located 15 miles west of Philadelphia in Delaware County, RTM is central to excellent public transportation services, major medical facilities, colleges and universities and shopping and corporate centers. Over fifty-four percent of RTM’s approximately $87 million-dollar budget directly funds the district’s instructional programs. The remainder of the budget includes expenses for support services, school-sponsored student activities, athletics, building and equipment repairs and improvements, and principal and interest payments of bonds and notes.
MONEY magazine identified RTM School District as one of the top public school systems in affordable housing markets in the United States. The magazine listed 100 school systems that rank in the top 20% of all systems – based on their students’ academic performance on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), the American College Testing Program’s Assessment (ACT), college entrance exams and on the number of National Merit scholars the districts have produced over the past five years. In 2015 Philadelphia Magazine named Penncrest High School one of the “Top 25” Public High Schools in the Philadelphia area. Glenwood, Indian Lane and Rose Tree Elementary schools have been recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. Penncrest High School is ranked the 16th best high school in Pennsylvania according to the Washington Post. This list is based on AP performance and participation for 2013 and 2014 and is remarkable in that less than 6% of the 27,000 public schools in the U.S. are included on the list. In 2014 U.S. News ranked Penncrest 26th in Pennsylvania and 1,145th in the Nation based on performance on state assessments and how well prepared students are for college.
RTM students traditionally score significantly higher than national and state averages on standardized achievement tests. The Pennsylvania Department of Education has commended RTM for maintaining consistently high student achievement on statewide achievement tests. Over the last five years, Penncrest students have earned an average critical reading score of 526 and an average math score of 544 on the SAT. A total of 94% of the class of 2014 continued post-secondary education—72% at 4-year colleges, 19% at 2-year colleges, and 3% at trade/technical schools. The district offers 17 Advanced Placement courses in which 287 students took 724 Advanced Placement tests. Twenty-five students took advantage of Dual Enrollment courses offered by three local colleges. Various high school clubs excel in local, state and national competitions, including the Envirothon, Physics Olympics, Science Olympiad, and Hi-Q matches.
OFFICE OF CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
The Office of Curriculum and Instruction manages and monitors the development, renewal, and revision of all K-12 curriculum, instruction and assessment programs in RTM. Adhering to or exceeding Chapter 4 requirements, aligning of each curricular program with PA, national, and world class standards, reviewing and adopting all instructional texts and materials, coordinating professional development, overseeing instructional integration of technology and insuring a balanced K-12 assessment plan for students are critical functions of the Office of Curriculum and Instruction. Additionally, the Office of Curriculum and Instruction is responsible for the RTM professional staff supervision and evaluation program and the coordination of annual building goals for each school. RTM’s standardized testing program as well as the federal programs also emanate from the Office of Curriculum and Instruction. Critical functions under these areas of responsibility include implementation of federal and state No Child Left Behind mandates, ESL compliance issues, Comprehensive Plan administration, particularly in the areas of student performance, reporting and remediation. Finally, new program proposals and program evaluation are the responsibilities of the Office of Curriculum and Instruction.
ENRICHMENT & SUPPORT SERVICES
Academically Gifted Program: The RTM School District or a parent may refer a child for gifted screening. Initial screening evaluations are conducted by your child's guidance counselor and teachers to gather data to support multiple criteria indicating gifted ability. Based on the results of the screening, your child may then be referred for further evaluation with the school psychologist.
Special Education: The U.S. Congress enacted the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to assure that all children with disabilities receive a free appropriate public education designed to meet their unique needs in the least restrictive environment. In accordance with this law, RTM School District provides, without cost to parents, screenings and evaluations, appropriate programs and services to all students thought to be exceptional and in need of specially designed instruction.
Guidance Services: In RTM, guidance counselor’s help all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow.
School Health Services: The RTM School District's Health Services are organized and developed in accordance with the school laws and regulations of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The primary purpose of School Health Services is to provide health care and services so that each student can achieve his/her maximum level of wellness. Kindergarten entrants and students entering grades six and eleven are required to have a physical which may be administered by the family physician. Dental exams are required when children enter kindergarten, third, and seventh grades. Screening for scoliosis takes place in grades six and seven.
Transportation Services are provided for elementary students who live .8 miles or more from school and secondary students who live 1.5 miles or more from school. Nonpublic school pupils otherwise eligible for bus transportation are eligible for such transportation on the same basis as other school pupils concerning distance from the school which they attend. Such transportation is to be provided in accordance with state law over established bus routes which serve the public school as recommended.
New students register at the Education Center, 308 N. Olive St., Media, PA, weekdays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. All new students must present proof of age (i.e. birth certificate, baptismal certificate, or valid passport) and a complete immunization record. Kindergarten students are required to be 5 years old before September 1st of the year they begin school in the district. All students are required to be immunized against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, measles, rubella (German Measles), mumps, Hepatitis B, and varicella (Chicken Pox). New registrants in the school district must also provide proof of residency (i.e., lease, deed, property tax bill, or mortgage statement).
To make an appointment to visit one of our schools, contact the school’s principal. Visit our website at www.rtmsd.org.
PARTNERS IN LEARNING
Rose Tree Media (“RTM”) is an award-winning school district with a mission to enable and encourage students to become serious scholars who work towards world-class academic standards. The District also strives to have our students develop into productive citizens who contribute to their communities and the world. A diverse group of people partner with the district to make this mission a reality. The students themselves are members of a nurturing community of concerned and involved parents and caregivers who work in partnership with teachers, administrators and support staff to help students reach their full potential. Supporting their efforts are tax payers who make quality public education possible and their representatives on the School Board who exercise stewardship of the community’s fiscal resources and develop plans for the future. At RTM, we provide an educational environment that fosters multiple opportunities for success. We respect the needs and the gifts of each individual. We are dedicated to excellence on all levels today, in order to help build a better world tomorrow.
Eleanor DiMarino-Linnen, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Students are the focus of the Rose Tree Media School District Learning Community. Our educational program is based on world class standards through which all students reach their intellectual, emotional, social and physical potential. Our schools provide an environment that celebrates students’ diversity, individual talents and efforts, and promotes collaboration, caring, respect, and leadership.
ROSE TREE MEDIA SCHOOLS
Penncrest High School
134 Barren Road, Media, PA 19063
RTM Simon Youth Academy
134 Barren Road, Media, PA 19063
Springton Lake Middle School
1900 N. Providence Road, Media, PA 19063
Glenwood Elementary School
122 S. Pennell Road, Media, PA 19063
Media Elementary School
100 E. Front Street, Media, PA 19063
Indian Lane Elementary School
309 S. Old Middletown Road,
Media, PA 19063
Rose Tree Elementary School
1101 First Avenue, Media, PA 19063
BOARD OF SCHOOL DIRECTORS
Eleanor DiMarino-Linnen, Superintendent