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Graduate Facts
2020 Graduates
  • 64% of attended college, business, or trade schools.
  • 58% 4-year schools
  • 6% 2-year trade/career schools
2021 Graduates
  • 4% entered the Armed Forces.
National Merit Scholarship Program
Class of 2022
  • 1 Commended Student

Commencement awards and scholarships accepted by the 2021 graduating class totaled $7,875,600. *Please note that because of the restrictive contact with students due to Covid 19 this number is not a complete representation of all awards offered or accepted


McDowell High School offers nearly 250 different courses. Some academic opportunities include: the Distinctive Scholars program, a rigorous honors program, a dual enrollment program with four local universities, a variety of Advanced Placement courses, career exploration and independent study opportunities, co-op employ­ment and internships, as well as the McDowell Manufacturing Academy to name a few. McDowell faculty integrates technology as a tool for research, creativity, and data analysis in all courses. McDowell High School is a 1:1 Chrome Book school working heavily with Google classroom. Twenty-first century academic skills are the focus of district and building goals.



  • McDowell Internship Program
A unique program that allows students grades 11 and 12 to leave the school building during the day in order to job-shadow in a career field they have an interest in pursuing after graduation. This is important as it not only gives students a glimpse into this career field before entering the workforce, technical/trade school, or college, but it also affords them the opportunity to put into practice workplace skills and expectations outside the walls of McDowell High School. If you are interested in being part of this great program and mentoring an aspiring student in your field, please email Crystal Myers, Internship Coordinator at
  • McDowell Manufacturing Lab

McDowell Manufacturing is a program developed between a collaborative partnership between the Millcreek Township School District and the Northwest Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC). The program enables qualifying students at McDowell High School the opportunity to participate in a manufacturing enterprise that is making actual parts, delivering services and adding value as part of the supply chain for local manufacturers.

The students will learn about and perform different job functions and manufacturing, develop essential and life-long skills, utilize advanced manufacturing technologies and build relationships with local companies. At the same time this work readiness is occurring, capacity for local manufacturers is advancing, a short-term solution to job placement is underway, future talent pipeline issues are being addressed, and the next generation of manufacturing business leaders is being cultivated.