The Knoch 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, built on land donated by Mrs. Eva Knoch, 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 Clinton, Jefferson, Penn, and Winfield Elementary Schools closed with the construction of the South Butler Primary School and the 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.
In 2022, the District initiated another renovation project to update Knoch High School and Knoch Athletic Stadium. 2022 also marks the end of the “South Butler County School District”, as the District became the Knoch School District on July 1, 2022. To further unify the four-school campus, the two elementary schools began the 2022-2023 school year as Knoch Primary School and Knoch Intermediate Elementary School.
Approximately 2,100 students are educated in the District yearly. Knoch students enjoy a wide range of opportunities in academics, arts and athletics, as well as career path options including training partnerships with several local businesses. The school district is home to almost 20,000 residents, who enjoy approximately 100 square miles of rural living. The proximity to suburban areas such as Butler and Pittsburgh gives residents the “best of both worlds” in which 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.