EDUCATION IN BERKS COUNTY
Eighteen public school districts provide a broad spectrum of educational services to the residents of Berks County. They serve student populations ranging in size from approximately 1,000 students in the Antietam School District to more than 18,000 in the Reading School District. Combined, the districts enrolled approximately 70,000 students during the 2011-2012 academic year.
Public education is a major industry in the Berks County economy. With combined operating budgets in excess of $950 million, the school districts are key components of the economic lifeblood of the area. They provide part-time and full-time employment to more than 9,000 persons and purchase millions of dollars worth of products and services from local business partners. Perhaps more importantly, Berks County schools contribute to the fiscal well-being of the region by equipping today's students with the knowledge and skills they will need to become the capable workers and leaders of tomorrow.
Berks County has earned national distinction for its vigorous commitment to state-of-the-art career and technical education. The county is served by the Reading Muhlenberg Career and Technology Center and the Berks Career and Technology Center, which operates the East Campus in Oley and the West Campus in Leesport.
Non-public schools have played an important role in education in Berks County for hundreds of years. An extensive network of elementary schools and high school provide thousands of students with faith-based educational programs.
The area is fortunate to be served by five institutions of higher learning located in the county. College students have diverse educational opportunities offered by an urban community college, a liberal arts college, a Catholic university, a state-affiliated university, and a local campus of Penn State University.