Welcome to Our School

Welcome to the Internet home of the Ridgway Area School District. Together, the three schools that comprise our district provide a safe, empowering learning environment for kindergarten through 12th grade students in Ridgway, Pennsylvania. 

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. We are happy to provide you with information about our district, our elementary school, our middle and high school, and the excellent programs and services we offer our students.

A Message from Our Superintendent

Dear RASD Parents and Guardians,

RASD will be holding a retreat this spring. During this process, the district will be examining our mission, vision, goals, and core values. The purpose of the retreat is to:

  • Redesign our schools and programs to be the district of choice for the families within our community.
  • Provide an environment where professionals, students, and families love teaching, learning, and engaging. 
  • Promote educational experiences that focuses on excellence.

To prepare for this retreat, the district has been holding “think tanks” to gather input and perspective from all stakeholders in an effort to inform the board, administration, and retreat participants. Next, I would like to meet with you, our parents and guardians. I would like to know what is important to you about your child’s education and what you value! Your ideas are important to us. Your ideas can make our schools better places to learn and grow.

I hope you are able to join me for the parent/guardian "think tank" on Monday, April 16, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the FSG cafeteria! If you can’t join us, please email me your responses.

Our discussion questions include the following:

  1. Why is education important to you? Why do you come to school (work)?
  2. What do you value the most about education/your profession?
  3. What do you need from us to be successful in the future?
  4. What do we do well? What can we do better?
  5. Do you feel safe at school?
  6. What can we do to make school even safer?


    Heather A. McMahon-Vargas

    Heather A. McMahon-Vargas, Superintendent