The South Butler County School District is a comprehensive K-12 educational setting located in the southeastern corner of Butler County in Western Pennsylvania. The District serves students in Clinton, Jefferson, Penn, and Winfield Townships, along with Saxonburg Borough. The District was formed in 1953 uniting the municipalities of Clinton, Jefferson, Penn and Winfield Townships, and Saxonburg Borough. In September of 1958, Knoch Junior-Senior High School opened to area students in grades 7-12.
Until 1971, K-6 grade students were educated at Clinton Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, Penn Elementary, and Winfield Elementary. Saxonburg Elementary was then constructed, providing a fifth K-6 facility to area students. Twenty-five years later, Knoch Middle School was constructed to serve students in grades 6-8, and Knoch High School received a complete renovation. The construction and renovation project provided an educationally and technologically advanced 6-8 and 9-12 environment for the 21st century.
In 2002, K-5 Clinton, Jefferson, Penn, and Winfield Elementary schools closed with the construction of the South Butler Primary School and conversion of Saxonburg Elementary to the South Butler Intermediate Elementary School. The new construction and reconfiguration provided a new Primary School housing students in kindergarten through third grade and an Intermediate Elementary School housing students in fourth and fifth grades. Both schools opened at the start of the 2002-2003 school year and, with Knoch High School and Knoch Middle School, provided a unified campus K-12.
Approximately 2,450 students are educated in the District on a yearly basis. Over the past 60+ years, nearly 15,000 students have graduated with a quality education and preparation for the challenges life has to offer. The school district is home to almost 20,000 residents, who enjoy approximately 100 square miles of rural living. The close proximity to suburban areas such as Butler and Pittsburgh gives residents the “best of both worlds” to live, work, and raise their families. Major roadways such as PA Routes 8, 28, 356 and 228, US Route 422, and Interstates 76 and 79 provide convenient travel access.