Welcome to Reading School District
Our Mission: Transforming Student Potential Into Reality
In Reading School District, we remain committed to our core purpose of educating ALL students. Located between Harrisburg and Philadelphia in southeastern Pennsylvania, we are the fourth largest school district in Pennsylvania and the sixth largest employer in Berks County.
Reading School District includes more than 17,800 students and approximately 2,000 staff members. We are 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
Our Leadership Team
Dr. Jennifer Murray began her career as a classroom teacher in Reading School District in 1998. She has served as Superintendent of Schools since November 2021. Previously, she served as a district principal, the Interim Superintendent and as Assistant Superintendent, Teaching and Learning.
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Dr. Yamil Sanchez-Rivera, Assistant Superintendent for Operations
Wanda Gonzalez-Crespo, Assistant Superintendent for School Improvement
JuliAnne Kline, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning
Wayne Gehris, Chief Financial Officer
Jesse C. Leisawitz, Esq., Chief Legal Officer
With approximately 17,000 students, our student body continues to grow more diverse — 80.7 percent identify as Latino, 9.3 percent as Black, 6.9 percent as White, 2.5 percent as Multiracial and .5 percent as Asian. Our Red Knights represent 28 countries, and we've identified nearly 30 languages spoken by our families, including Spanish and French Creole.
In addition, approximately 93.3 percent of our students are designated as economically disadvantaged based on their family's income; approximately 25 percent are designated as English Language Learners, meaning they are fluent in their native language and learning English as a second or sometimes third language; and approximately 18 percent are designated as special education learners, which includes students with special needs and students who have tested as academically gifted.
DISTRICT COLORS: RED AND BLACK
DISTRICT MASCOT: RED KNIGHT
Reading School District 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.