Smethport Academics

Our curriculum adheres to state standards in all subjects, including the core areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. We also offer instruction in foreign language and encourage students to take advantage of the college preparatory courses available at Smethport. For more information about state standards and assessments, please check out all of the info and follow the many links on this page.

Curricular Programs

Smethport Area High School offers three curricular programs to meet student educational goals. Each program is designed to prepare students for life after high school—either in college or the workforce.

College Prep
Designed for students who plan to further their education at a four-year college or university, this academic tract ensures a solid academic foundation on which to build their collegiate success.

Accelerated College Prep
Similar to our College Prep program, this academic track encourages students to begin realizing their college dreams today. Through AP and dual credit courses, students can potentially earn 15+ college credits while still in high school.

Technology/Career Prep
Designed for students who plan to pursue an associate’s degree or technical certification after high school, our career prep academic track meets minimum graduation requirements while offering students additional elective opportunities to build their technical skills. This track is also great for students who desire to enter the military after high school.

Career and Technical Education

Smethport students who are on track to graduate may opt to receive additional vocational-technical training at Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center in Port Allegany. Students attend CTC on half-day rotations and develop workplace skills in:

  • Automotive Mechanics
  • Building Construction
  • Culinary Arts
  • Cosmetology
  • Health Assisting
  • Heavy Equipment Maintenance
  • Metalworking
  • Welding Technology
  • Networking and IT Systems

Career Portfolios

Students in the graduating class of 2022 and beyond must complete a Career Portfolio to graduate. Students do much of the work to develop this portfolio is in class. Each student’s portfolio will contain an individual career plan, information from job and career fairs, work experience, and community service documentation. 

Community Service
As part of developing well-rounded citizens, we require students to complete 35–40 hours of community service during their high school career. 

Job Shadowing
We also ask students to complete two job shadowing experiences to provide a day-in-the-life look at careers of interest.