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Great Valley, PA

Chester County History


Great schools. Great Valley. The Great Valley in Pennsylvania isn’t just one town or city but a series of communities stretching through the expanse of Chester County. The following areas are considered part of the Great Valley:

  • Atglen
  • Chesterbrook
  • Coatesville
  • Downingtown
  • Exton
  • King of Prussia
  • Malvern
  • Paoli
  • Parkesburg
  • Thorndale
  • Valley Forge

Apart from sharing the blissful beauty of nature in Chester County, several of these communities have another common denominator: their school-age residents are being served by the top-notch educational institution, the Great Valley School District. In fact, quite a number of people choose to buy one among the many houses for sale in the Great Valley because of this notable school district.

Backgrounder on GVSD

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Here are some important facts you should know about the Great Valley School District:

  • It serves the following areas of Pennsylvania:
    • Malvern Borough (where the schools are based)
    • Charleston Township
    • East Whiteland Township
    • Willistown Township
  • The total student population is more than 4,000, according to 2020 statistics by
  • Six schools from K to 12 constitute this Pennsylvania school district.
  • ranks GVSD as the second best school district among approximately 700 school districts of the Keystone State., meanwhile, places GVSD among the top 5% of all the state’s school districts based on math and reading proficiency data.
  • Average math proficiency score of GVSD is 70%, higher than the state-recorded score of 45%. Meanwhile, reading proficiency of GVSD is 85%, higher than the state average of 63%.
  • GVSD enjoys a 95% graduation rate, higher than the 88% national average.

Schools under GVSD

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If you are seeking an area where you can assure the best education for your kids in the Great Valley, you can choose to reside near these highly-rated schools under GVSD below.

Elementary schools

  • K.D. Markley Elementary School
    354 Swedesford Road, Malvern

    Described by its principal as a “special place for children to learn because of the unwavering commitment to excellence of our students, staff, and community,” this school prides itself on its teaching staff and an exceptional educational program. places K.D. Markley as #5 among the “Best Public Elementary Schools in Chester County.” It also ranks 24th out of 1,065 of the “Best Public Elementary Schools in Pennsylvania.”

  • Charlestown Elementary School
    2060 Charlestown Road, Malvern

    The mission and vision statements of Charlestown Elementary School indicate its thrust to arm children with “life-long skills” that will make them better members of the community and more accepting of cultural diversity. This school along Charlestown Road was ranked by as #7 among the “Best Public Elementary Schools in Chester County” and #10 of 1,651 schools with the “Best Public Elementary School Teachers in Pennsylvania.”

  • General Wayne Elementary School
    20 Devon Road, Malvern

    Natural curiosity is developed at General Wayne Elementary School, as it strives to develop a “life-long love of learning” among its students. This school, as well as other schools under GVSD, has STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) instruction dedicated not just to a specific segment but to all of its enrolled students. It is #10 among’s “Best Public Elementary Schools in Chester County.”

  • Sugartown Elementary School
    611 Sugartown Road, Malvern

    As many learning institutions in Chester Country will be reopening even as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, those under GVSD will be making sure their students remain safe as they add to their knowledge by holding virtual classes. Sugartown Elementary School is one of these schools. It stands at # 14 in’s “Best Public Elementary Schools in Chester County” and 79th out of 1,665 of the “Best Public Elementary Schools in Pennsylvania.”

Middle school: Great Valley Middle School
255 N. Phoenixville Pike, Malvern places Great Valley Middle School in the top 10 “Best Public Middle Schools in Pennsylvania” – and for good reason. The said school has quite a decorated background, having been recognized as a top learning institution not just in the state but in the whole country. It is also known for being one of the safest schools in America, according to its principal, due to its “effective and positive school discipline.”

High school: Great Valley High School
225 N. Phoenixville Pike, Malvern

Great Valley High School ranks #16 among the “Best Public High Schools in Pennsylvania,” according to Its highly developed and diverse educational program has earned its students great opportunities in the colleges and universities of their choice. In fact, approximately 91% of the Class of 2019 has gone on to pursue higher education while some of the remaining 8% decided to go to military school or to seek employment.

Great education, great location: The best real estate combo

This is precisely what this wonderful area has in store for you should you wish to invest in any of the homes for sale in Great Valley. Not only does the Great Valley School District get your school-age children an exemplary learning opportunity, but this area can also get you a wealth of real estate options in America’s Keystone State. Let our RE/MAX Direct team help you out. Give us a call today at 610.430.8100 or send an email to remaxdirectwc(at)gmail(dotted)com.

Great Valley Homes for Sale

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