In 1969, the political divisions of Freeport, Buffalo and South Buffalo merged to form the Freeport Area School District. Located along the Allegheny River at the mouth of Buffalo Creek, the Freeport Area School District is situated approximately 30 miles northeast of Pittsburgh in Armstrong and Butler Counties. Four schools - Freeport Area High School (grades 9-12), Freeport Area Middle School (grades 6-8), Buffalo Elementary School (grades K-5), and South Buffalo Elementary School (grades K-5) provide for the educational needs of students from the Borough of Freeport, Buffalo Township, and South Buffalo Township. The school district encompasses a 53.4 square mile region approximately ten miles out from Freeport, in north, northeast, and westerly directions. The area provides an exceptional area to raise a family because it is far enough away from the congestion of urban areas, yet the proximity to major highways and the Pennsylvania Turnpike allow easy access to surrounding cultural activities, shopping, and major universities.
The historical development of the district can be traced from its emergence as a river community in the late 1700's as a "free port" for riverboat trade. Agricultural interests increased during the early 1800's to the development of railroads, mining, and some industry in the 1900's to the present state of agriculture and light industry. Now, the region is largely a bedroom community for those that commute to other areas for employment, with the community connected by fine roadways to some of the finest research and educational establishments in Pennsylvania. The growth of the Northpointe Industrial Park, in South Buffalo Township, provides promise for future expansion of local employment opportunities. These features, the naturally pleasant physical environment, and the friendly type of people already making up the community are contributing to a rapid increase of population and business opportunities.
The education program of the district is an outgrowth of the many expressed needs within a rural community that is slowly evolving into a suburban one. A commitment has been made to provide a quality education for all students. The philosophical basis upon which the program of the Freeport Area School District rests is essentially one that is comprehensive and flexible enough to provide each student with the basic tools, understanding and attitudes to enable him/her to function successfully in our society.
Students in the Freeport Area School District are involved in a variety of activities including interscholastic and youth league sports, school-sponsored and faith-based community service projects, and co-curricular educational programs such as the Governor's School. The school district's students are recognized annually for contributing countless hours and large amounts of money to local and regional charities.