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The SpringFord School District – a Great Place to Live and Learn
The SpringFord School District – a Great Place to Live and Learn
A bit of geography
The SpringFord School District is a K-12 public school district located approximately twenty miles northwest of Philadelphia, PA, twenty-five miles south of Reading, Pennsylvania, and five miles north of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. It consists of 44.4 square miles.
Specifically, the SpringFord school district can be found in the western central portion of Montgomery County, PA and in the eastern central section of Chester County, PA – separated by the county border, that is, the Schuylkill River. The district serves the residents of the Townships of Limerick and Upper Providence and the Boroughs of Royersford and Spring City. The Limerick/Royersford postal zip code of 19468 is the predominant zip code in the area. But it’s important to note that many of the zip codes within the district do not follow the municipal borders and may have addresses in Mont Clare, Oaks, Collegeville, Phoenixville, Pottstown, Linfield, Schwenksville, Perkiomenville, or Spring City.
A bit of history
This area of western central Montgomery County and eastern central Chester County had been, since the pre-Revolutionary War days of the early 1700s, a sparsely-settled farming region. Early development in Spring City (Chester County) and adjacent Royersford (Montgomery County) coincided with the opening of the Schuylkill Navigation Canal in 1824. Canal-related industries such as the Spring City Stove Company and the American Paper Company were operating by the early 1850s.
The history and development of Spring City and Royersford began to overlap in 1840 with the construction of the first bridge across the Schuylkill that connected the two towns. Their relationship was cemented in 1955 when the Spring City School District with its “Spring” merged with the Royersford School District with its “Ford” to establish the Spring-Ford School District.
Industry and population in the two towns continued to grow during the 19th century, especially with the construction of major railroad lines. The Philadelphia and Reading Railroad opened in Royersford in 1839; the Pennsylvania Railroad opened in Spring City 45 years later in 1884 and connected to Royersford in 1892. (Although the Pennsylvania Railroad stopped in 1955, the Philadelphia and Reading lines continue to run as the Norfolk Southern Railroad to this day – 2019). By the early 20th century, Spring City and Royersford were booming industrial towns with extensive stove factories, glass and bottle works, hosiery, embroidery, knitting mills, agricultural implements, and bricks among other industrial businesses. Both towns also had a vibrant Main St retail district that served the residents in and around the two towns.
Besides serving as a base for multiple industries, Spring City was also home to the Pennhurst State School and Hospital, an institution for the mentally handicapped that opened in 1908. A community separated from the rest of the town, the sprawling 112 acres complex included a dairy farm, power house, green houses, and a movie theater amongst many other facilities. At its peak, the hospital had more than 3,000 patients. By the time the facility closed in December, 1987 it had expanded to include 1400 acres.
A bit of math
In the 1960 U.S. census, the first since the 1955 formation of the SpringFord School District, the total district population was 17,848. The population, and the housing stock accordingly, continued to grow at a steady rate as per the 1970, 1980, and 1990 censuses. The total district population in 1990: 24,273, a 36% increase since 1960.
But it was the completion of the Rt 422 bypass (also known as the Pottstown Expressway) in the mid-1980s that caused the population to absolutely explode. By connecting the open space (farmlands, meadows and woodlands) between Pottstown and King of Prussia with a commuter friendly “expressway”, people who worked in the southeastern end of Montgomery County and even Philadelphia could move further out “in the country”. Real estate developers jumped on the opportunity and land subdivisions, tract housing, and businesses soon followed in the two Spring-Ford townships – Upper Providence and Limerick. The result? The district population in 2000 was 36,776 – a whopping 51% increase in just 10 years. In 2010, the population had grown to 47,398 – almost double that of the 1990 population.
Condos, Townhomes, and Singles, Oh My!
Today, housing options in the district vary greatly. There are modestly priced older twins and rowhomes in the boroughs of Spring City and Royersford for under $150,000. And there are custom single homes with acreage in the surrounding township areas approaching the $800,000 level and higher.
But when it comes to tract housing – planned community developments – that started in the 1970s and 1980s and really exploded in the 1990s and 2000s, the choices become as varied as the vehicles that travel on Rt 422 each day.
Upper Providence has The Meadows and Providence Forge – condominium style homes built in the 1970s – for under $150,000. Also built in the 1970s – Orchard Courts (mid to upper $100ks) and Perkiomen Woods (mid $200ks). Both communities consist of townhome style homes. Providence View, a condominium style community, was built in the late 1990s with prices in the upper 200ks. White Springs at Providence (built in 2017) and Enclave at Ridgewood (built in 2019) are new townhome communities loaded with amenities that sell from the upper $300ks to the low $500ks.
Communities consisting of single homes are spread across Upper Providence, as well. There’s Meadows at Providence Reserve, built in 1996, that offers a variety of 2-story colonial homes in the $400ks. Rivercrest, a golf course community of townhomes and singles built in 2004, offers a wide range of pricing options from the low $400ks to the upper $600ks. Northfield Estates, a 2-story colonial community built in 1996, offers homes in the $400k to $500k range. And Valley Green Estates, a luxury singles community built in 2004, boasts custom and semi-custom homes in the $600k to $700k range.
The other township in the district – Limerick Township – offers a variety of homes and prices, too. There’s Aronimink, twin homes built in 1990. And Heritage Ridge and Fox Ridge, townhomes built in the early 1990s. William Penn Villa, a 55+ community built in 2000, offers a mix of twin homes and single homes. Ashbrook Estates is a luxury singles community built in 2004 with prices that range from the upper $400ks to the upper $500ks. Limerick also has two brand new communities with construction set to be completed in 2019 – Southall, townhomes that sell from the mid $300ks to the mid $400ks and Estates at Mango Way, singles that sell from the upper $600ks to the mid $700ks.
Two Important District Programs
You can, and should, google the “SpringFord Area School District” where you can access all sorts of district related information. But it’s worth drawing special attention here to two programs that are especially meaningful to the district and its students.
A. SpringFord Educational Foundation
This non-profit organization – the SpringFord Educational Foundation – was formed in 1993 for the purpose of securing resources from individuals, corporations, community organizations and foundations to be distributed in support of programs for the benefit of the students and residents in the SpringFord Area School District. These resources are used in a generally charitable way to enhance the quality of the Spring-Ford Area School District community.
Specifically, the Foundation allows the district to compete for non-profit dollars, such as available grant monies that can be used for scholarships, special programs and services for students and the community that might not otherwise be possible.
Funds raised through the Foundation have over the years supported the following projects: seven annual scholarships of $1,000 each to graduating SpringFord seniors; renovation of the old Royersford Elementary Fourth Avenue building as the Bard Community Center, which is home to the Royersford Public Library and Project Outreach; an annual Summer Concert for the community; a series of multi-cultural programs held throughout our school district; a variety of educational seminars for students and the community; offered computer programs for senior citizens; and parenting programs.
B. Ram Buddies
Ram Buddies is SpringFord High School’s peer mentor program that allows students with disabilities to create friendships with their typical peers. Ram Buddies is always looking for students to volunteer as “Buddies” and help disabled students with matters such as school assignments, handling money, shopping, social skills, etc. Special Education teachers Emily Emerson and Karen DeLange oversee the program.
It’s safe to say that now, in 2019, the SpringFord Area School District’s four municipalities offer the best of both a suburban America atmosphere and proximity to metropolitan attractions. The district is characterized by small towns, in-town and suburban neighborhoods, rural areas and even some remaining farmlands. And the Rt 422 bypass, running in an almost straight line through Upper Providence and Limerick townships, offers easy access to the employment and cultural appeal of Philadelphia.
The peace and tranquility of suburban life in a topnotch school district AND the easy access to urban offerings. C’mon now! Doesn’t this sound like a place where you’d like to live and a school district where you’d like your children to learn and grow?
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