Moon Area School District (MASD) is situated in Allegheny County and educates almost 3,900 students from Moon and Crescent Townships, who attend classes in seven buildings, including one high school, one middle school, and five elementary buildings, each containing specially designed spaces for twenty-first century learning.
The District covers an approximate 26-square mile attendance area and is located 15 miles from Pittsburgh and minutes from the Pittsburgh International Airport. Moon Area School District offers a completely renovated 30-acre secondary campus which utilizes state-of-the-art technologies to foster student learning and support program development. The campus showcases spectacular athletic fields and courts, modern auditoriums, and unmatched amenities for students, staff, and community members.
University Boulevard serves as the boundary line for elementary school attendance zones. Those residing on the Robert Morris University side attend Brooks Elementary (K-4), Hyde Elementary (K-4), and McCormick Elementary (K-4). Those on the Giant Eagle side attend Bon Meade Elementary (K-4) and Allard Elementary (K-4). The middle school serves all students in grades 5-8 and the high school serves the traditional grades of 9-12.
Over 500 District staff members are committed to helping all students reach their full potential for success. Moon Area students consistently perform above state and national averages on standardized testing. Course offerings at each grade level reflect a broad scope of opportunities for students to attain a well-rounded education. By cultivating critical thinking and problem-solving, students can attain the skills necessary for college and career success.
Technology plays an integral part in interactive learning. With this in mind, Moon Area High School implemented a one-to-world initiative that provides each high school student with a laptop. iPads and tablets are used in all buildings to apply classroom concepts to hands-on activities via technology.
“Steam Engines” is a solution to integrating STEAM learning into each of the five elementary schools in the District. By freeing up five teachers for one day per week of concentrated STEAM instruction, they become the human engines driving us toward innovative learning. Each teacher is able to become an expert in projects and technology geared for a targeted grade level to deliver a six-week unit that pushes twenty-first century skills across the District.
The District recognizes that student interaction in activities during and after school hours teaches valuable lessons not available in the classroom, including a wide variety of academic, co-curricular, and extra-curricular options in musical and athletic endeavors at all levels. We have provided after-school STEM/STEAM enrichment opportunities for our elementary schools through High-Tech Learning. Additionally, MASD continually partners with local experts to incorporate hands-on learning experiences with students in curriculum concepts.
Moon and Crescent Townships
The townships of Crescent and Moon serve approximately 26,700 residents. Moon Township was founded in 1788 and is the oldest township in Allegheny County. Moon Township covers a total of 24.2 square miles and is home to approximately 24,000 residents. Robert Morris University and several national corporations have also made Moon their home. Local business headquarters include FedEx Ground, GlaxoSmithKline, Eaton Electrical Group, Nova Chemicals, Inc., Michael Baker Corporation, and Chevron. The Township of Crescent was created in 1855 and currently has a population of around 2,700 residents and a total area of 2.3 square miles. Referred to as the “Gateway to Allegheny County,” Crescent Township serves as a small community to its residents who desire to have that hometown feel while still being close to the City.