Garnet Valley School District is a public school district based in Glen Mills, PA, within the Greater Philadelphia area. GVSD serves the town of Chester Heights, Bethel Township and Concord Township. Founded in 1959. It is one of the youngest school districts in Pennsylvania. Garnet Valley is one of the leading school districts, competing academically and athletically among the top decile schools in the state.
In 2000, the Garnet Valley Middle School was selected as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the United States Department of Education In both 1999 and 2001 Garnet Valley High School received the Blue Ribbon Award of Excellence from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
From 1993 through 2006, Garnet Valley was known as the fastest growing school district in the state of Pennsylvania. As a result, expansion for all the schools was required.
The community name is derived from the garnet mines established in Bethel Township by Herman Behr & Co. of New York in 1879. The mine operated until 1912.
Population in the 2010 census was 28,553. Median family income is $110,514. Median value of owner-occupied housing units is $418,200.