Schools and Education

Two public school districts serve the students of Rush Township.

Rush Township has a long history when it comes to education. The first school was built in this area in 1810 – before the township was even incorporated. In the 1880s, there were seven schools in the township.

Today, there are two schools in Rush Township, one public and one private.


Rush Academy – Part of the Tamaqua Area School District, Rush Academy educates students in K through 12th grades. The Rush Academy strives to serve our students academically and socially while providing the best educational setting that meets their individual needs.  Non- traditional students need an opportunity to learn and grow in a safe and caring environment with trained professionals who have the children’s best interests at heart.  Our staff offers opportunities for success that students may not have in their current placement.  We work diligently with children through a supportive and positive approach in order to achieve success.  Our broad array of services combine social skills development, consistent reinforcement, and certified instruction.. Rush Elementary is in Hometown.

50 Meadow Avenue, Tamaqua, PA 182
Phone: (570) 668-6932
Fax: (570) 668-6858


Marian Catholic High School – Part of the Diocese of Allentown’s school system, Marian Catholic High School, is nestled along a quiet road in the township. The school provides a Catholic education to students in ninth through 12th grade. The school is one of eight Catholic high schools in the diocese.

166 Marian Avenue, Tamaqua, PA 18252
Principal: Sr. Bernard Agnes Smith, IHM
Director of School Services: Mr. Justen Hackenberg
Enrollment: 282
Telephone: (570) 467-3335
Fax: (570) 467-0186

About the Diocese of Allentown – Established as a diocese by Pope John XXIII on January 28, 1961, the Diocese of Allentown comprises Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton, and Schuylkill counties in east central Pennsylvania. The Catholic population is 272,300. The total population is 1,161,932.

Other schools that serve Rush Township:

Many public-school students in Rush Township will attend Tamaqua Area Middle School and Tamaqua Area High School, which are a few miles south of the township. Both are part of the Tamaqua Area School District.

Located in the coal regions of northeastern Pennsylvania, Tamaqua Area School District is a comprehensive learning facility serving the educational needs of more than 2,200 students in grades K-12. Its professional staff is committed to educational excellence providing the knowledge, skills, and opportunities to compete in an ever-changing global community. Its support staff is dedicated to the same goals and objectives of providing the best possible education for students. The community takes great pride in its schools and through its financial support provides opportunities for all students to experience success and to prepare for the future.

Some public-school students will attend schools in the Mahanoy Area School District. The district has three schools – Mahanoy Area Elementary School, Mahanoy Area Middle School, and Mahanoy Area High School.

The mission of the Mahanoy Area School District, in cooperation with parents and community members, is to provide diverse practical educational opportunities, to enhance each student’s self-esteem, to develop individual talents and interests which will encourage students to achieve their full potential, and to become productive citizens in an ever-changing, global society.

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