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.

district vision

Engaging learners for life.

district mission

Where students will discover their purpose for today and their passion for tomorrow.

district goals

December 2019 through December 2022 - four years

  • RASD will provide learning opportunities to meet the needs of a diverse population
  • RASD will continue to build trusted relationships with all stakeholders
  • RASD will continue to build a culture of safety and support for all students and staff

        A Message from Our Superintendent

        Dear RASD Parents/Guardians and Community Members,

        As we transition from winter to spring, schools become busier and more exciting. Events such as spring sports, concerts, the high school musical, state testing, the senior showcase, kindergarten graduation, field trips, elementary plays, and senior graduation all give students an opportunity to share their talents and accomplishments. Before we know it, summer vacation will be upon us. Although these events fill our schools, halls, and students with great pride, they may also fill students with anxiety. Likewise, the thought of summer vacation, which is an exciting notion for some students, creates significant concerns and worries for others. Over summer vacation, students may be lonely because both parents work; they may live in remote areas of our county and do not get to see their friends; they may not have access to technology; and/or they may experience economic hardships that create scarce resources that students normally have access to in school.

        As a district, we truly appreciate the supports and services that are available throughout our community to our students and their families. If we start thinking about the challenges now, that our students may face in the summer months, we can get supports and services in place for them. As winter transitions to spring and then summer, I encourage everyone to be watchful of your own children, neighborhood youth, or peers. If you observe signs of anxiety, stress, or behaviors that are concerning to you, RASD can connect children and their families to resources in our community to ensure opportunities for a bright future. Please reach out to your child’s school counselor, Mrs. Daghir at FSG (814) 776-2176 or Ms. Schaut at RMS/RHS (814) 773-3164. Also, the community of Ridgway has a program called PA 211. This program can connect families in need with vital resources.

        Thank you for caring and for helping our students succeed!


        Heather A. McMahon-Vargas

        Heather A. McMahon-Vargas, Superintendent