Octorara Area School District

Maximizing Opportunities for Success

     11 On-Site Programs
    • Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping (Accounting) CIP Code: 52.0302
    • Agricultural Production Operations, General (Animal & Plant Science Technology) CIP Code: 01.0301
    • Agricultural Mechanization, General (Mechanical Systems Technology) CIP Code: 01.0201
    • Cabinetmaking and Millwork (Woodworking Technology) CIP Code: 48.0703
    • Child Care and Support Services Management (Child Care Education) CIP Code: 19.0708per
    • Cooperative Educaton CIP Code: 32.0105
    • Culinary
    • Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General (Drafting Technology) CIP Code: 15.1301I
    • Graphic Design and Illustration
    • Sales, Distribution and Marketing Operations, General (Business Marketing) CIP Code: 52.1801
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  • Click here for the August 20, 2018 Regular Meeting Agenda


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  • Click here for the August 13, 2018 Work Session Agenda


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  • Dr. Orner



    Maximizing Opportunities for Success and Achieving Excellence


    Welcome to the Octorara Area School District! I am excited to begin my journey as the district’s Superintendent of Schools.  I am honored to serve the entire OASD community and am very appreciative for the warm welcome shown to me and my family. My hope is that you will continue to find this website an effective tool to learn about the many outstanding programs the district offers and the terrific students and staff who teach and learn in our schools every day.


    The consistent message throughout the extensive selection process and my visits to the school campus this spring confirmed the Octorara community is committed to providing a quality education for all students.  That commitment defines and differentiates college and career readiness for every student, recognizing that there’s more than one or two pathways to success. The district’s updated Comprehensive Plan continues the mission of educating the whole child, ensuring all students are supported to become Bold, Responsible, Ambitious, Virtuous, Energetic, and Selfless members of society who are encouraged to achieve excellence in everything they do.


    My priority is to work with the board of school directors, administration, and staff to build on the great programs already in place.  Together we will continue to provide all students with opportunities to realize their full potential: academically, technically, socially, and emotionally. To that end, I believe children learn best through meaningful partnerships with parents, business, industry, and the community. I encourage you to be involved in your community’s school district. Attend our sporting events, enjoy our concerts, and find ways to support the students in the classroom. Your input is critical to making sure Octorara is maximizing opportunities for success.


    I welcome your visit to the district and look forward to seeing you on campus. Please feel free to call my office at 610-593-8238 extension 3510 should you be interested in chatting with me. Be sure to follow district happenings on Twitter @OctoraraLearns and @OctoraraSuper and on our website at octorara.k12.pa.us.


    Go Braves!

    Michele M. Orner, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

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    Octorara Field Hockey Intramurals Grades K-6
    Fall 2018
    Sponsored by: Octorara Field Hockey Boosters

    All practices will start on Tuesday 8/28/18 and run through 10/16/18 from 6:00pm—7:30pm.  

    Click here for more information and registration form.


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    French Students

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    Comprehensive Planning

    Throughout the past months the administration has been working on revising the Comprehensive Plan for the Octorara Area School District.


    The administration invited the Chester County Intermediate Unit to perform a curriculum and technology audit to inform their work on the Comprehensive Plan. Additionally, the administration sent out a survey, listened to focus groups, and did work with teacher leaders to advance their work.


    As this work advances, we will keep a link to current draft copies of the Comprehensive Plan and a link to the Chester County Intermediate Unit audit report for easy access.


    Click here for the Board and PDE Approved 2018-2021 Comprehensive Plan

    Click here for the Chester County Intermediate Unit Audit Report 

    Click here for the Comprehensive Plan presentation to the Board on 10/9/17

    Click here for the Comprehensive Plan summary, background and Q&A




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    Click here to learn more about how you can be a volunteer one-on-one tutor to help increase reading proficiency in 2nd graders through the Partners In Outreach Program!
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    Chester County Health Department


    The Chester County Health Department encourages all health care providers to use summertime as an opportunity to vaccinate school-aged children with all age-appropriate vaccines and administer vaccines required to attend school in PA.


    ·         For attendance in all grades, children need tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis; hepatitis B; varicella; MMR; and polio vaccines. One dose of polio vaccine must be given on or after the 4th birthday. Children may be excluded without documentation of these vaccines.

    ·         For attendance in 7th grade, students need Tdap and meningococcal conjugate (MCV4) vaccines on the first day or risk exclusion. Both vaccines may be given at age 11, making the 6th grade physical an opportune time to vaccinate.

    ·         For attendance in 12th grade, students need one dose of MCV4 vaccine given on or after the 16th birthday or risk exclusion.

    ·         The vaccines required for entrance, 7th grade and 12th grade continue to be required in each succeeding school year. Medical or philosophical/religious exemptions are accepted.

    The Chester County Health Department offers all recommended vaccines at no cost to children with Medical Assistance and those who are uninsured or underinsured. A parent or guardian must accompany the child and bring vaccine records.


    Privately insured children, including those with CHIP, pay out of pocket for vaccines at the Health Department.  A child’s medical home may be able to bill insurance. Other community providers that can bill insurance may be found here:  https://vaccinefinder.org/


    More information about Chester County Health Department immunization clinics may be found at: www.chesco.org/health


    More information about vaccines required to attend school in PA may be found at the PA Department of Health website:


    Click here for more information on PA School Vaccination Requirements

    Click here for Summer Vaccination Clinics - English

    Click here for Summer Vaccination Clinics - Spanish


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