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Education is a Priority in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania

Located in Lancaster County close to PA-283, Mount Joy is a quiet community with excellent schools, a quaint Main Street, and access to the city by train. Mount Joy residents are served by the excellent Donegal School District, which features an elementary school (K-2), an intermediate school (3-6), a junior high school (7-8), and a high school (9-12).

The public schools are a source of pride for this community, and students benefit from updated facilities, the latest technology, and a variety of academic programs and extracurricular activities. The high school even boasts a 94% graduation rate and a 15:1 student-teacher ratio. Looking for a great place to live, or considering selling your home in Mount Joy? Let our real estate experts help you with all of your needs. Contact us to get started or use this Mount Joy area guide to learn more.


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Get to Know Mount Joy, Pennsylvania

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Its Location

Mount Joy is located about 30 miles southeast of Harrisburg and about 87 miles northwest of Philadelphia. It takes less than 2 hours to drive to Downtown Philadelphia or 1.5 hours to commute into the city by train.

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Its School District

Donegal Primary School serves K-2 students and offers full- and half-day Kindergarten options. Donegal Intermediate School gives students multiple opportunities in the arts, music, and physical education. Donegal Junior High School provides students Chromebooks to use at home and in the classroom through a 1:1 technology initiative. Finally, Donegal High School allows students to participate in a variety of clubs, organizations, and sports throughout the year.

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Its Annual Events

From school-related sporting events and activities to town-sponsored festivals like 4th Friday and Winterfest, Mount Joy provides plenty of ways for residents to celebrate their community and get to know their neighbors.

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Its Local History

Scotch-Irish settlers in the late 1600s brought the names "Mountjoy" and "Donegal" from their homeland of Ireland to Lancaster County, where modern-day Mount Joy was eventually established. Many villages including Mount Joy began to spring up in the area over the next couple of centuries, and in 1851, small settlements were incorporated into the Borough of Mount Joy. By 1963, Mount Joy became the town that we see today.


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Whether you're looking for a home in a great school district or selling your home in Mount Joy, we can help you every step of the way. Contact John Smith Real Estate Group to learn more about the area, access our real estate resources, or talk with an expert.

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