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Welcome to JTASD

Welcome to the Jim Thorpe Area School District, Home of the Olympians. The district is comprised of the borough of Jim Thorpe and the townships of Penn Forest and South Kidder, totaling over 137 square miles.  The Jim Thorpe Area School District currently hosts over 2400 students in grades K-12 and is growing.

As a rural district, the major economic base of the community is tourism.  The Jim Thorpe Area School District's population has shifted from the borough of Jim Thorpe to the two townships over the past decade.  The majority of the residents of the district commute to the Lehigh Valley area, and the metropolitan areas of New York, northern New Jersey and Philadelphia.  Many homes in the townships are second homes used on a seasonal basis. The costs of living, land and lifestyle in the townships are far more appealing than in the urban areas, which has resulted in a continuing growth in enrollment. 

There are three schools in the district, two K-8 buildings and a high school. and one Administration Building. Information about each school can be found below.

Jim Thorpe Area High School
1 Olympian Way
Jim Thorpe, PA 18229

The Jim Thorpe Area High School serves over 600 students from grades 9-12.  It contains classrooms with state-of-the-art technologies, a library media center, and large group instruction facilities.
In addition, the campus includes the district's main auditorium, the site of dramatic and musical performances.  The school's main athletic complex is located here, with a gym, sports stadium, tennis courts  and baseball and softball fields.

Principal: Thomas Lesisko
Assistant Principal: TBD 


Lawrence B. Morris School
140 West 10th Street
Jim Thorpe, PA 18229


The Lawrence B. Morris School serves over 800 students in grades Pre-Kindergarten -Grade 8, with the Pre-K Counts program located at the Jim Thorpe Area High School.  The school was originally built in 1974 and expanded in 2008. It contains modern classrooms with interactive whiteboards in every classroom, four computer labs, a library media center, and a gymnasium used for junior varsity sports and other activities.

Principal: Jeff White
Assistant Principal: Mark Rosenberger 

Penn-Kidder Campus
2588 State Route 903
Albrightsville, PA 18210


The Penn-Kidder Campus, opened in 2004, is the newest school in the district, and serves over 800 students in grades Pre-Kindergarten-Grade 8.  It contains modern classrooms with interactive whiteboards in all classrooms, a library media center, four computer labs and a gym and athletic fields used for junior varsity sports.

Principal: Holly Mordaunt
Assistant Principal:Sara Mass