Located in Westmoreland County, the Franklin Regional School District serves Murrysville, Delmont and Export.
The high school
Franklin Regional Senior High School has a reputation as a high-achieving and relatively safe school. Its most recent state School Performance Profile for 2012-13 shows that it had 1,222 students in grades 9-12 -- 9.57 percent of whom were economically disadvantaged.
The school is 91.49 percent white, 5.81 percent Asian, 1.23 percent black, 1.15 percent Hispanic and 0.33 percent American Indian/Alaskan Native.
The high school offered 13 Advanced Placement courses, and 8.84 percent of its students are gifted. Its four-year graduation rate was 96.78 percent and its attendance rate was 94.24 percent. Its students averaged 1618.2 of 2400 points on the SAT college entrance exam.
The state awarded the school a building-level academic score of 89.2 points, placing it in the next-to-the-top group on performance.
Its most recent state Safe Schools report shows 17 reportable incidents in 2012-13, none of them involving weapons. The report notes that there were no arrests and no incidents involving local police. The most common reportable incidents were fights, of which there were eight.
From the principal
In a welcoming letter for the term on the school's website, principal Ron Suvak wrote that the school "has always been a great place with great kids from great families representing great communities."
In that letter, Mr. Suvak wrote the school "should be a place where all persons feel safe, valued and respected. I anticipate and expect that your actions -- each day -- will do nothing but increase the level of safety, value and respect that each of us feels here at the HS. Although I have no doubt that you will share this goal with me, I am also aware that none of us are perfect and that we may make some mistakes along the way."