As you drive down
The first settlers in the 1700’s were forced to educate themselves. The Bible was probably the first Primer for both German and English as it was the most common text. In Quakertown, the first school was built by the Society of Friends in 1775. Then in 1818, the first boarding school was built at
Early schools were built of logs, usually small and poorly lighted, and heat was provided by means of a fireplace or stove which required constant attention. Pupils were required to cut the wood for fuel. There was no water, so students had to use outhouses (rain or shine) and got their drinking water from a hand pump. There were no snow days – if you could get there, you had school. Girls wore skirts or dresses, boys white shirts with ties and knickers. To be qualified to teach, a teacher had to be able to instruct reading, writing and arithmetic in English.
Attendance was erratic as boys were needed to work on the farm and girls served domestic needs. Curriculum was based on the needs of the time. Arithmetic, as it related to handling money, was most important.
The first legislation in
The first Public School in Quakertown was built in 1835 and located on
From 1860-1911, four multi-room schools were built in Quakertown Borough (
In the 1920s, the schools in Quakertown were overcrowded because of increased population. The district had four multi-room school buildings, but they were all full.
In 1929, Quakertown built a junior-senior high school on
In 1950, 6 local districts merged (
When the new Senior High School was completed in 1957, the
In 1965 Quakertown Community Joint School System merged into
In 1967, additions to the Sr. High and construction of the new junior high (Strayer) were finished. Immediately renovations and additions to the
The present grade configuration of the school district was accomplished in 1988, when the school district adopted the middle school as a replacement for the junior high school. Like the other elementary schools, Quakertown Elementary became a kindergarten to grade five school.