Welcome to Reading School District

About Reading School District

  • Reading School District, located between Harrisburg and Philadelphia in southeastern Pennsylvania, has 19 schools, including 13 elementary schools, five middle schools and one senior high school. The district also has its own virtual academy (online learning) and shares a career and technology center with a neighboring district. With more than 17,800 students and approximately 2,000 staff members, Reading School District is the fourth largest school district in Pennsylvania and the sixth largest employer in Berks County.  It is a Title 1, urban school district located in a high-poverty community, where 93 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch and 25  percent of students are English-Language Learners. We see the impact of poverty and inner-city life in our classrooms every day, yet in spite of that, we have the most dedicated, talented, intelligent and ambitious students you’ll find anywhere in the world. #RSDproud

District Profile

  • Approximately 17,800 students

    Approximately 2,000 employees

    4th largest school district in Pennsylvania

    6th largest employer in Berks County

    2020-21 Budget: $309 million (See full budget information)

    19 schools, including:

    • 13 elementary schools 

    • 5 middle schools 

    • 1 senior high school

    Our students:

    • Represent 28 countries

    • Speak 27 languages

    • 80.7 % Latino

    • 9.3 % Black

    • 6.9 % White

    • 2.5 % Multiracial

    • 0.5 % Asian

    93.3% Economically Disadvantaged (approximately)

    25% English Language Learners (approximately)

    18% Special Education Learners (approximately)

School Hours

  • Reading High School
    7:52 a.m.-2:40 p.m.

    Red Knight Accelerated Academy-Glenside Campus, City Line Campus and Thomas Ford Campus
    8:55 a.m.-4:05 p.m.

    Red Knight Learning Academy-Evening Program
    New location: ROCC Building, 801 Penn Street
    12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

    Reading-Muhlenberg Career and Technology Center
    Morning: 7:30 a.m.-10:42 a.m.
    Afternoon: 11:31 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

    All Middle Schools
    8:25 a.m.-3:25 p.m.

    All Elementary Schools
    8:05 a.m.-2:40 p.m.

    8:05 a.m.-2:10 p.m.

    AM: 8:05 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
    PM: 12 p.m.-2:40 p.m.


District Mascot, Colors and Motto

  • District Mascot
    Red Knight

    District Colors
    Red and Black

    District Motto
    One vision.
    All students.
    One Reading.

District Hashtag

  • Use our #RSDproud district hashtag on social media. We are active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn. You'll be able to connect with our educational community, and your pictures could be featured in our district publications. 

Mission Statement

  • The Reading School District's mission is to transform student potential into reality. In the collective, educators, community members and parents remain committed to our core purpose of educating ALL students.

Vision Statement

  • The Reading School District wants to help students make their hopes and dreams a reality. We will strive to motivate continuous academic growth in all students. We will nurture academic tenacity and resiliency. Our students will graduate prepared for postsecondary education and a career.

    We will achieve this vision by actualizing the goals that serve as our guide. They are:

    • All students and staff report a welcoming, respectful and safe learning environment where everyone feels honored and connected.

    • We implement a common curriculum, based on high standards and evidence-based pedagogy across the District that closes the achievement gap throughout our schools and student populations while adequately preparing students for college and career opportunities.

    • We deliver effective, timely communication and information to all District stakeholders to effectively tell our story of success. Our community values the contributions of the Reading School District.

    • We fund and support quality education and fair employment practices, while ensuring the long-term sustainability of the District. We produce a balanced budget with accurate and timely reporting to our varied agencies. We provide leadership in our areas of expertise to other departments.

    • We collaborate with key stakeholders and community partners to advance/promote academic excellence for all students enrolled in the Reading School District's nineteen schools.