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Principal's Welcome

As the principal of the Mars Area Elementary School, I would like to welcome you to the Mars Area School District. The MAE faculty and staff are honored to have the privilege of delivering a quality education to Mars Area School District students in Grades 2, 3 & 4.

The enrollment at Mars Area Elementary School is approximately 750 students. There are 11 Grade 2 classrooms, 10 Grade 3 classrooms and 10 Grade 4 classrooms. Our students are greeted each day by over 50 hard-working staff members — all committed to providing our students the best education possible.

The use of the latest technology adds quality and richness to our rigorous curriculum for all students. Technology is infused into almost every daily lesson through the use of laptops, and state of the art Promethean Boards which keep the students actively engaged in every  classroom. Computer labs are always busy with students and teachers using technology to enhance our students’ curricular experiences. We have embedded a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) classroom to allow our students to begin the process of acquiring 21st Century skills.

The Mars Area Elementary School works in concert with our extremely active Parent/Teacher Organization to provide a rich and supportive educational experience for all students.

Once again, welcome to Mars Area Elementary School. If you have any questions, please contact me.


Mr. Todd Lape
Principal – Mars Area Elementary School


Principal's Profile


Mr. Todd LapeMr. Todd Lape is in his first year as principal of Mars Area Elementary School. has served as principal of Mars Area Primary Center since 2015.


Lape previously served as principal of Mars Area Primary Center (2015-2018) and Mars Area Centennial School (2009-2015). Prior to joining the District, he served as an elementary principal, middle school principal, and a fifth grade teacher at Oil City Area School District.

He holds a master’s degree in elementary mathematics and science and an elementary education certification from Slippery Rock University; a bachelor’s degree in communications from Pennsylvania State University; and a principal’s certificate from Gannon University.