Our Schools 2014

Public, private, charter, cyber — which type of high school is best for your child? We do the homework to help you compare and evaluate options in and around Pittsburgh.




Photos by Martha Rial
 

 

Good news: You don’t have to sign up your 2-year-old for acting or football lessons to ensure a place in line for a turn as Hamlet in the high-school play or a future starting spot under stadium lights. But in a new century for education, parents need to start asking questions and thinking about plans for high school earlier than ever.
There was a time when, for most folks, the choice would’ve been a no-brainer — the neighborhood public school, or perhaps a nearby parochial or religious-affiliated institution. Times have changed, however, and so has the educational landscape in Pittsburgh and across the nation.

Some long-established brick-and-mortar public and private high schools have closed. Others have evolved, expanded and flourished. New alternatives have emerged — particularly in the realm of charter and cyber schools — with a new vocabulary to define them and new agencies to regulate them. Parents may seek learning options with flexible schedules, heightened focus on arts or other disciplines, or built-in religious teachings. Negotiating that landscape can be confusing for parents who want to consider the latest information on test scores, class sizes, graduation rates and other significant data.

Choices abound, and great schools of all types are found in many communities in and around Pittsburgh — and that’s a good thing. But let’s be honest: It can also be overwhelming. Odds are that many parents know where to look for data or whom to ask about public or private schools in their backyards. They may be less certain about assessing other potential options.

Enter Pittsburgh Magazine’s high-school primer. Our one-stop shop consolidates information about the region’s public, non-public and licensed private high schools, using public-school data compiled from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and our comprehensive survey of religious, private, charter and cyber high schools. In our survey, we’ve gathered information from dozens of western Pennsylvania high schools recognized by the Department of Education about topics ranging from SAT scores to sports, graduation rates to bus transportation. We’ve also assembled a performance snapshot of public schools in Allegheny County.

A footnote: Not every school we contacted responded to our survey, and some get an incomplete grade for not answering every question, despite numerous and repeated efforts to obtain that information. But for a thorough report card on how students at your school and others in the region are faring, read on.



 

Independent Schools

 

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The Ellis School
6425 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15206
412/661-5992
theellisschool.org

≠ Founded: 1916
≠ Application Deadline: Rolling
≠ Total Enrollment: 400

≠ Annual Tuition: $9,000-$26,960
≠ Receiving Financial Grant: 35%

≠ Avg. Faculty Experience: 20 years
≠ Student-Teacher Ratio: 6 to 1

≠ AP Courses: European History, U.S. History, U.S. Government and Politics, English Literature and Language, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Physics C (Mechanics), Biology, Art History, Studio Art, Latin: Vergil, French, Spanish
≠ Academic Awards: Ellis academic awards include a prize from each academic department (English, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Performing Arts, Science, Technology, Visual Arts), for Sportsmanship and for Highest Academic Average. Also awarded are the Head of School Prize, the Benjamin R. Fisher Award, Augustus K. Oliver Cup, The Fato Snyderman Latin Award, The Foster Art Award, the Virginia P. Stevenson Award and the Callomon Underclassman Award.
≠ Music/Arts Courses: Acting, Technical Theater, Orchestra, Silver Strings Ensemble, Glee Club, Dance, The Arts in Society, Clayworks, Digital Video, Studio, Photography, Advanced Photography, Art Now, AP Survey of Art, AP Studio Art, Independent Studies in Visual Arts
≠ Sports: Cross Country, Field Hockey, Soccer, Tennis, Basketball, Swimming, Crew, Softball, Lacrosse, Track, Tennis

≠ Dress Code: Multiple configurations: White, dark-green, navy, red or black polo shirt, blouse, or turtleneck. Legwear in solid dark-green, white, gray or black. Athletes may wear team shirts. Midway through senior year, as a privilege, seniors are no longer required to wear uniforms.
≠ Bus Transportation: Yes. School districts within 10 miles of Ellis receive free bus transportation. Van and carpools available from numerous communities.

The Kiski School
1888 Brett Lane, Saltsburg, PA 15681
724/639-8022
kiski.org

≠ Founded: 1888
≠ Application Deadline: Jan. 31
≠ Total Enrollment: 202

≠ Annual Tuition: $48,300
≠ Receiving Financial Grant: 52%

≠ Avg. Faculty Experience: 8 years
≠ Student-Teacher Ratio: 8 to 1

≠ AP Courses: Language and Composition, Literature and Composition, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Chinese, Spanish, Modern European, U.S. History, Psychology, Physics, Biology, Chemistry
≠ Academic Awards: Cum Laude Society, Subject Area Award
≠ Music/Arts Courses: Visual Arts, Fine Arts/ Music, Fine Arts/ Theatre, Architectural, Digital Media, Industrial Art and Design, Jewelry and Metalsmithing, Survival Art, Studio Art, Studio in Drawing, Painting and Illustration, Studio in Sculpture, Advanced Theatre, Film Studies, Dramatic Productions, Double Quartet, Instrumental Music
≠ Sports: Soccer, Football, Cross Country, Golf, Basketball, Wrestling, Swimming, Hockey, Tennis, Lacrosse, Baseball, Track & Field

≠ Dress Code: Formal
≠ Bus Transportation: Yes

Linsly School
60 Knox Lane, Wheeling, WV 26003
304/233-3260
linsly.org/admissions

≠ Founded: 1814
≠ Application Deadline: Rolling
≠ Total Enrollment: 440

≠ Annual Tuition: Day Students: $15,590, Boarding: $32,170
≠ Receiving Financial Grant: 30%

≠ Avg. Faculty Experience: 16 years
≠ Student-Teacher Ratio: 10 to 1

≠ AP Courses: Biology, Language and Composition, Psychology, Government, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Literature and Composition, Physics, U.S. History, Latin, Chemistry, Human Geography and French
≠ Music/Arts Courses: Music Appreciation, Art Appreciation, Studio Art, Advanced Art, Ceramics, Stage Band, Chorus, Theatre Dance Speech (TDS)
≠ Sports: BOYS: Football, Soccer, Basketball, Hockey, Track, Swimming, Wrestling, Lacrosse, Cross Country, Golf, Baseball, Tennis. GIRLS: Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Cross Country, Swimming, Golf, Softball, Track, Tennis, Cheering

≠ Dress Code: Navy blazer with Linsly patch, girls’ and boys’ ties, white collared shirt, uniform pants for boys, skirts for girls
≠ Bus Transportation: Yes, round-trip from Washington, Pa., location

Oakland School
362 McKee Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412/621-7878
theoaklandschool.org

≠ Founded: 1982
≠ Application Deadline: Open
≠ Total Enrollment: 40

≠ Annual Tuition: $10,000
≠ Receiving Financial Grant: 40%

≠ Avg. Faculty Experience: 16 years
≠ Student-Teacher Ratio: 6 to 1

≠ AP Courses: U.S. History, English Language/Literature
≠ Music/Arts Courses: Studio Art

≠ Dress Code: Casual
≠ Bus Transportation: Yes, via eligible home school district



 

Sewickley Academy
315 Academy Ave., Sewickley, PA 15143
412/741-2230
sewickley.org

≠ Founded: 1838
≠ Application Deadline: Feb. 7 for Grades 1-12, March 1 for financial aid
≠ Total Enrollment: 720

≠ Annual Tuition: $14,200-$23,935
≠ Receiving Financial Grant: 20%

≠ Student-Teacher Ratio: 7 to 1

≠ AP Courses: Italian Language and Culture, Mandarin Language and Culture, Spanish Language, Statistics, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Physics: Mechanics, Physics: Electricity and Magnetism, Biology, Chemistry, European History, U.S. History, Computer Science
≠ Academic Awards: $2,000 grant from the Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grant Project for the academy’s Secret Garden; 52 students received AP Scholar Awards in 2013; in the last four years, more than 50 percent of academy graduates have been recognized as AP Scholars; the 2012 Senior School literary arts magazine received silver ranking from the Pennsylvania Scholastic Press Association and “excellent” rating from the National Council of Teachers of English, as well as First Place with Special Merit from the American Scholastic Press Association; for the first time in school history, two WPIAL Scholar-Athlete Awards in 2013.
≠ Music/Arts Courses: Chorus, Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band, Chamber Singers, Musical Theatre Performance, Theater Dance, Jazz/Hip Hop, Digital Storytelling-Narrative,  Digital Storytelling-Documentary, Ballet/Modern Dance, Tap II, Fundamentals of Digital Storytelling, Theater Dance II, Advanced Stage Makeup, Intermediate Acting 2, Technical Theater 3-Props and Costumes,  Intermediate Acting 3, Intermediate Acting I, Beginning Acting 1, 2 and 3, Technical Theater 2-Lights and Sound,  Technical Theatre 1-Fundamentals and Carpentry, Public Speaking, Digital Photography, Basic Photography, Advanced Photography
≠ Sports: BOYS: Golf, Soccer, Baseball, Field Hockey, Cross Country, Tennis, Basketball, Ice Hockey, Swimming, Bowling, Lacrosse, Track & Field. GIRLS: Tennis, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Basketball, Bowling, Swimming, Lacrosse, Softball, Track & Field

≠ Bus Transportation: Yes

Shady Side Academy
423 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh PA 15238
412/968-3000
shadysideacademy.org

≠ Founded: 1883
≠ Total Enrollment: 941

≠ Annual Tuition: $8,500-$27,875 (five-day boarding available for grades 9-12 for an extra $11,050 fee)
≠ Receiving Financial Grant: 17%

≠ Avg. Faculty Experience: 13 years
≠ Student-Teacher Ratio: 8 to 1

≠ AP Courses: AB/BC Calculus, AP Computer; Level 5 Spanish, French and German
≠ Academic Awards: Shady Side Academy holds a Prize Day each spring to give awards in all academic disciplines. A Cum Laude Society induction ceremony is held each spring.
≠ Music/Arts Courses: Visual Arts: Studio Art 2-D and 3-D. Advanced Level Offerings in Ceramics, Digital Imaging, Drawing, Glass, Metal, Painting, Photography, Printmaking. Music: Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, String Orchestra, Electronic Sound Studio, Music Technology, Music Theory, Contemporary Music, Poetry. Theater: Intro to Acting, Advanced Acting: Scene Study, Stage Craft, Technical Theatre.
≠ Sports: BOYS: Cross Country, Golf, Football, Soccer, Basketball, Ice Hockey, Squash, Swimming, Wrestling, Baseball, Lacrosse, Tennis, Track & Field. GIRLS: Cross Country, Golf, Football, Soccer, Basketball, Ice Hockey, Squash, Swimming, Wrestling, Baseball, Lacrosse, Tennis, Track & Field

≠ Dress Code: Yes
≠ Bus Transportation: Yes

University School
5711 Howe St., Pittsburgh, PA 15232
412/361-7182
theuniversityschool.org

≠ Founded: 1911
≠ Application Deadline: Open
≠ Total Enrollment: 18

≠ Annual Tuition: $18,500

≠ Avg. Faculty Experience: 15 years
≠ Student-Teacher Ratio: 3 to 1

≠ AP Courses: Upon request in science, social science, math and literature
≠ Academic Awards: National Merit Scholars
≠ Music/Arts Courses: Studio Arts

≠ Dress Code: Appropriate Attire
≠ Bus Transportation: Yes

Winchester Thurston
555 Morewood Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412/578-7500
winchesterthurston.org

≠ Founded: 1887
≠ Application Deadline: Dec. 15
≠ Total Enrollment: 663

≠ Annual Tuition: $7,400-$26,200
≠ Receiving Financial Grant: 30%

≠ Avg. Faculty Experience: 12 years
≠ Student-Teacher Ratio: 7 to 1

≠ AP Courses: English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, European History, American History, Economics, French, Spanish, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Calculus I, Calculus II, Statistics, Computer Science, Art History
≠ Academic Awards: Malone Scholars School, Edward E. Ford Foundation Grant Recipient
≠ Music/Arts Courses: Varied Course Offerings in Visual and Performing Arts
≠ Sports: BOYS: Soccer (co-ed), Golf, Crew, Fencing, Tennis, Squash, Lacrosse, Basketball, Track, Cross Country. GIRLS:     Field Hockey, Soccer (co-ed), Tennis, Golf, Basketball, Crew, Fencing, Squash, Lacrosse, Track, Cross Country

≠ Dress Code: Yes
≠ Bus Transportation: Yes


 

Charter Schools

 

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Achievement House Cyber CS
600 Eagleview Blvd., First Floor,
Exton, PA 19341
484/615-6200
achievementcharter.com

≠ Founded: 2004
≠ Application Deadline: Rolling
≠ Total Enrollment: 1,100

≠ Avg. Faculty Experience: 9.1 years

≠ AP Courses: English Literature & Composition, U.S. History, Biology
≠ Academic Awards: NASA award for Aerial Experiment (2 awarded nationally in 2013-2014)
≠ Music/Arts Courses: Art, Advanced Art, Photography, Class Guitar, Fundamentals of Music, History of Rock Music, Movies and Music, Music Appreciation, Music Theory 1, Music Theory II, World Music
≠ Sports: Home District Sports

Agora Cyber CS
995 Old Eagle School Road, Suite 315, Wayne, PA 19807
877/362-4672
agora.org

≠ Founded: 2005
≠ Application Deadline: Rolling

≠ Avg. Faculty Experience: 8.8 years

≠ AP Courses: English Literature & Composition, English Language & Composition, Calculus, Statistics, Calculus BC, Biology, Chemistry, Physics B, Environmental Science, U.S. History, U.S. Government & Politics, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Psychology, European History, Spanish, French, Art History, Computer Science A
≠ Music/Arts Courses: Fine Art, Music Appreciation, AP Art History
≠ Sports: Home District Sports

Beaver Area Academic CS
Gypsy Glen Road, Beaver, PA 15009
724/774-5280
tinyurl.com/baacsedu

≠ Founded: 2005
≠ Application Deadline: July 14
≠ Total Enrollment: 95

≠ Avg. Faculty Experience: 5 years
≠ Student-Teacher Ratio: 13 to 1

≠ Music/Arts Courses: Art I-IV, General Music

≠ Dress Code: Neat appearance that does not cause a disruption to the learning environment
≠ Bus Transportation: Yes, if district of origin is within 15 miles

City Charter
201 Stanwix St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412/690-2489
cityhigh.org

≠ Founded: 2004
≠ Application Deadline: Jan. 31

≠ Total Enrollment: 652
≠ Avg. Faculty Experience: 7.23 years

≠ Dress Code: Yes
≠ Bus Transportation: Yes



 

Commonwealth Connections Cyber CS
4050 Crums Mill Road,
Harrisburg, PA 17112
717/651-7200
connectionsacademy.com

≠ Founded: 2003
≠ Application Deadline: Rolling
≠ Total Enrollment: 8,200

≠ Avg. Faculty Experience: 7.6 years
≠ Student-Teacher Ratio: 32 to 1

≠ AP Courses: Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Computer Science A, English Language & Composition, Environmental Science, Human Geography, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Physics B, Psychology, Spanish Literature, Statistics, U.S. Government, U.S. History, World History
≠ Academic Awards: PA State Champions (2nd Place U.S.) Real World Design, Aspiring in Computing Award for Women, 1st Best Cyber School 2013, 2nd Place Best Academic Tutoring 2013
≠ Music/Arts Courses: Computer Art, Photography, General Music, Juilliard e-Learning
≠ Sports: Home District Sports

Lincoln Park Performing Arts CS
One Lincoln Park, Midland, PA 15059
724/643-9004
lppacs.org

≠ Founded: 2006

≠ AP Courses: Biology, Algebra, Calculus, Spanish III & IV, Chemistry, Physics, Concepts of Literature & English Composition

≠ Bus Transportation: Yes

PA Cyber CS
652 Midland Ave., Midland, PA 15059
724/643-1180
pacyber.org

≠ Founded: 2000
≠ Application Deadline: Rolling
≠ Total Enrollment: 11,000+

≠ Avg. Faculty Experience: 7.4 years

≠ Sports: Home District Sports

PA Leadership Cyber CS
1332 Enterprise Drive,
West Chester, PA 19380
610/701-3333
palcs.org

≠ Application Deadline: Rolling
≠ Total Enrollment: 2,324

≠ Avg. Faculty Experience: 8.5 years

≠ Music/Arts Courses: Music Appreciation I & II; Music Theory I & II, Arts and Culture: Ancient Civilizations to Medieval Times, Renaissance to Modern Times, & Modern to Contemporary, American Artists, World Artist, Foundations of Art and Design, Art Illustration, Creating an ArtPortfolio I & II
≠ Sports: Home District Sports

PA Virtual Cyber CS
630 Park Ave., King of Prussia, PA 19406
610/275-8500
pavcsk12.org

≠ Founded: 2001
≠ Application Deadline: Rolling

≠ Avg. Faculty Experience: 13.3 years

Pennsylvania Distance Learning CS
2100 Corporate Drive, Suite 500,
Wexford, PA 15090
888/997-3352
padistance.org

≠ Founded: 2004
≠ Application Deadline: None
≠ Total Enrollment: 520

≠ Avg. Faculty Experience: 6 years
≠ Student-Teacher Ratio: 17 to 1

≠ AP Courses: Biology, Chemistry, English Literature & Composition, U.S. History, Calculus AB
≠ Academic Awards: Extra credit for advanced achievement on PSSA/Keystone Advanced: Mathematics/Algebra I, Reading/Literature, Science/Biology, Writing
≠ Music/Arts Courses: Music A, Music B, Music Theory, Introduction to Art, Art History, Studio Art

Propel Andrew Street
605 Tenth St., Munhall, PA 15120
412/325-7305
propelschools.org

≠ Founded: 2008
≠ Application Deadline: Lottery applications accepted Oct. 1-Dec. 31; applications accepted chronologically from Jan. 1-Sept. 30
≠ Total Enrollment: 202

≠ Avg. Faculty Experience: 5.4 years
≠ Student-Teacher Ratio: 15 to 1

≠ AP Courses: N/A (dual enrollment opportunities also available)
≠ Academic Awards: Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence, 2012. Students awarded various scholarships including Clarion University Board of Governors’ Scholarships
≠ Sports: BOYS: Junior Varsity & Varsity Basketball and Home District Sports. GIRLS: Varsity Basketball, Home District Sports

≠ Dress Code: Yes
≠ Bus Transportation: Yes

Propel Braddock Hills
1500 Yost Blvd., Suite 2, Pittsburgh, PA 15221
412/325-7305
propelschools.org

≠ Founded: 2010
≠ Application Deadline: Lottery applications accepted Oct. 1-Dec. 31; applications accepted chronologically Jan. 1-Sept. 30
≠ Total Enrollment: 327

≠ Avg. Faculty Experience: 3.97 years
≠ Student-Teacher Ratio: 17 to 1

≠ AP Courses: English Literature and Composition, Calculus, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Macro-Economics, History, Government Politics, Spanish (dual enrollment opportunities also available)
≠ Academic Awards: Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence, 2013. Students awarded various scholarships including Clarion University Board of Governors’ Scholarships.
≠ Sports: Home District Sports

≠ Dress Code: Yes
≠ Bus Transportation: Yes

Urban Pathways CS
914 Penn Ave.,
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412/392-4601
upcs.net

≠ Founded: 1999
≠ Total Enrollment: 347

≠ Avg. Faculty Experience: 7.1 years

≠ Dress Code: Yes
≠ Bus Transportation: Yes


 

Religious Schools

 

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Aquinas Academy
2308 West Hardies Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044
724/444-0722
aquinasacademy.info

≠ Founded: 1996
≠ Application Deadline: Rolling
≠ Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic
≠ Total Enrollment: 407

≠ Annual Tuition: $1,150-$9,031

Armbrust Christian Academy
7786 Route 819, Armbrust, PA 15616
724/925-3830
armbrustchristian.com

≠ Annual Tuition: $4,392.90

Beaver County Christian School
570 37th St., Beaver Falls, PA 15010
724/843-3002
beavercountychristian.org

≠ Religious Affiliation: Christian, Nondenominational
≠ Annual Tuition: $6,852

≠ Boys Sports: BOYS: Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer.
≠ Girls Sports: Basketball, Volleyball

Bethel Christian School
4549 State Route 151, Aliquippa, PA 15001
724/375-5800

Bible Baptist Christian Academy
232 State Route 217, Latrobe, PA 15650
724/539-8299
bbclatrobe.com

≠ Founded: 1974
≠ Application Deadline: None
≠ Religious Affiliation: Baptist
≠ Total Enrollment: 30

≠ Annual Tuition: $2,500
≠ Receiving Financial Grant: 75%

≠ Avg. Faculty Experience: 15 years
≠ Student-Teacher Ratio: 5 to 1

≠ Music/Arts Courses: Music, Art, Piano, Choir
≠ Sports: BOYS: Basketball, Golf. GIRLS: Volleyball, Cheering

≠ Bus Transportation: Yes

Bishop Canevin
2700 Morange Road, Pittsburgh PA 15205
412/922-7400
bishopcanevin.org

≠ Founded: 1959
≠ Application Deadline: Jan. 15
≠ Religious Affiliation: Ignatian Spirituality
≠ Total Enrollment: 350

≠ Annual Tuition: $9,450, first child; $8,950, second child
≠ Receiving Financial Grant: 52%

≠ Student-Teacher Ratio: 14 to 1

≠ AP Courses: English Literature, U.S. History, European History, Calculus, Statistics, Chemistry
≠ Academic Awards: Annual National Merit Qualifiers and Semifinalists; average $6.5 million in college scholarship offers per class for the last 5 years; multiple Forensics and FBLA; regional, state & national qualifiers
≠ Music/Arts Courses: Music Exploration, Concert Choir, Chorus I, Advanced Chorus, Concert Band, Comprehensive Musicianship, Art Fundamentals, Studio Art, Intermediate Studio Art, Advanced Studio Art
≠ Sports: BOYS: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Hockey, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball. GIRLS: Basketball, Bowling, Cheering, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball

≠ Dress Code: School uniforms
≠ Bus Transportation: Yes

Calvary Academy
199 Great Belt Road, Butler, PA 16002
724/352-4481
calvarycoversitall.org

Calvary Chapel Christian School
P.O. Box 19, Fredericktown, PA 15333
724/377-2523
cccsfredericktown.org

≠ Founded: 1996
≠ Religious Affiliation: Christian, Nondenominational
≠ Total Enrollment: 81

≠ Annual Tuition: $2,973
≠ Receiving Financial Grant: 35%

≠ Student-Teacher Ratio: 10 to 1

≠ AP Courses: Calculus
≠ Music/Arts Courses: Musical Instruments, Music Production, Video Production
≠ Sports: BOYS: Basketball

≠ Bus Transportation: Yes

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic
1400 Troy Hill Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
412/321-4823
cwnchs.org

≠ Founded: 1939
≠ Application Deadline: Rolling
≠ Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic, Marianist Tradition
≠ Total Enrollment: 200

≠ Annual Tuition: $9,700 Catholic, $10,500 non-Catholic with no additional fees
≠ Receiving Financial Grant: 50%

≠ Avg. Faculty Experience: 15 years
≠ Student-Teacher Ratio: 20 to 1

≠ AP Courses: Literature and Composition, Language and Composition, World History, European History, U.S. History, Biology, Chemistry
≠ Music/Arts Courses: Choir, Chamber Singers, Drawing, Painting, Graphic Arts
≠ Sports: BOYS: Football, Soccer, Basketball, Wrestling, Baseball, Crew, Lacrosse. GIRLS: Cheering, Soccer, Basketball, Softball, Crew
≠ Dress Code: BOYS: White button-down shirt, school tie, khaki pants. Blue blazer for formal days and Mass. GIRLS: White button-down shirt with school crest, school plaid or khaki skirt or khaki pants. Blue blazer for formal days and Mass.

≠ Bus Transportation: Yes

Central Catholic
4720 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412/208-3400
centralcatholichs.com

≠ Founded: 1927
≠ Application Deadline: Rolling admission after Jan. 1
≠ Religious Affiliation: Catholic
≠ Total Enrollment: 865

≠ Annual Tuition: $9,900
≠ Receiving Financial Grant: 35%

≠ Student-Teacher Ratio: 15 to 1

≠ AP Courses: American Government, Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, English Language & Composition, English Literature, European History, Human Geography, Latin, Physics C, Spanish, Statistics, U.S. History
≠ Academic Awards: 5 National Merit Semi-finalists, 6 National Merit Commended students, 13 Carson Scholars
≠ Music/Arts Courses: Studio Art I, II, III, IV; Vocal Music, Advanced Vocal Music, Instrumental Music (Band), Honors Instrumental Music, Jazz Band, Music Theory, Survey of Music History
≠ Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Crew, Cross Country, Fencing, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Inline Hockey, Lacrosse, Rugby, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling

≠ Dress Code: Dress shirt, necktie, dress slacks with belt, dress shoes
≠ Bus Transportation: Yes



 

Champion Christian School
1076 Kings Way, Donegal, PA 15628
724/593-9200
champion.org

≠ Founded: 1981
≠ Application Deadline: June
≠ Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational Christian
≠ Total Enrollment: 120

≠ Annual Tuition: $5,800
≠ Receiving Financial Grant: 75%

≠ Avg. Faculty Experience: 20 years
≠ Student-Teacher Ratio: 10 to 1

≠ AP Courses: Calculus, Spanish
≠ Academic Awards: National Merit Scholarship Finalists, ACSI Outstanding Achievement Awards
≠ Music/Arts Courses: Choir, Touring Choir, Contemporary Worship Team, Instrumental and Voice Lessons, Art History, Drama
≠ Sports: BOYS: Soccer, Basketball, Golf. GIRLS: Soccer, Basketball, Golf

≠ Dress Code: Neat and clean, appropriate clothing content
≠ Bus Transportation: Yes, 7 districts

Chestnut Ridge Christian Academy
115 Downer Ave., Uniontown, PA 15401
724/439-1090
crcapa.org

≠ Founded: 1991
≠ Religious Affiliation: Christian, Nondenominational

≠ Annual Tuition: $3,000, first child; 15% discount, second child; 50% discount, third and fourth children; fifth child, free

Cheswick Christian Academy
1407 Pittsburgh St., Cheswick, PA 15024
724/274-4846
cheswickchristian.com

≠ Annual Tuition: $3,240 for one child; $4,860 for two; $5,670 for three; $6,075 for four; $405 for each additional child

≠ Bus Transportation: Yes

Eden Christian Academy
Mt. Nebo Campus, 318 Nicholson Road, Sewickley, PA, 15143
412/741-2825
edenchristianacademy.org

≠ Founded: 1983
≠ Religious Affiliation: Christian, Nondenominational
≠ Total Enrollment: 663

≠ AP Courses: Spanish, Calculus, English Language, English Literature, Computer Programming, Statistics, Biology
≠ Academic Awards: 4 National Merit Scholars and 4 National Merit Commendations
≠ Music/Arts Courses: Studio Art, Choir, Theater, Music (vocal, string, rhythm and band instruments, pep-band orchestra and praise band)
≠ Sports: BOYS: Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Track & Field, Cross Country, Golf, Baseball. GIRLS: Soccer, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country

≠ Dress Code: No uniforms
≠ Bus Transportation: Provided by public schools in the greater Pittsburgh and surrounding areas

Evangel Heights Christian Academy
120 Beale Road, Sarver, PA 16055
724/295-9195
ehcaeagles.org

≠ Founded: 1991
≠ Total Enrollment: 270

Faith Christian School of Washington
524 E. Beau St., Washington, PA 15301
724/222-5440
aseagles.com

≠ Founded: 1980

First Baptist Christian School
221 New Castle St., Butler, PA 16001
724/287-1188
butlerfbcs.com

≠ Founded: 1981

Geibel Catholic
611 E. Crawford Ave.,
Connellsville, PA 15425
724/628-5600
geibelcatholic.org

Greensburg Central Catholic
911 Armory Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601
724/834-0310
gcchs.org

≠ Founded: 1959
≠ Application Deadline: March 15
≠ Religious Affiliation: Catholic
≠ Total Enrollment: 340

≠ Annual Tuition: $8,450
≠ Receiving Financial Grant: 84%

≠ Avg. Faculty Experience: 18 years
≠ Student-Teacher Ratio: 14 to 1

≠ AP Courses: English, Biology, Chemistry, U.S. History, Psychology
≠ Academic Awards: Between the years 1992-2012, 29 National Merit Finalists and 47 Commended Students
≠ Music/Arts Courses: Instrumental Music, Band, Chorus, Theatre of the Arts I & II, Music in the Mainstream, World Drumming, Music, Theory, Guitar, Art Appreciation, Creative Design, The Art of Film, Drawing & Painting, Printmaking, Ceramics, Black & White Film Photography
≠ Sports: BOYS: Football, Soccer, Golf, Cross Country, Basketball, Ice Hockey, Wrestling, Bowling, Swimming, Lacrosse, Track & Field, Tennis, Baseball. GIRLS: Golf, Soccer, Volleyball, Tennis, Cross Country, Cheering, Field Hockey, Basketball, Bowling, Swimming, Lacrosse, Track & Field, Softball

≠ Dress Code: BOYS: Uniform polo shirt, dress shirt with tie, dress pant with dress shoe. GIRLS: uniform polo shirt, dress shirt, skirt, dress pant with dress shoe.
≠ Bus Transportation: Yes, 27 districts

Harvest Baptist Academy
224 Harvest Lane,
Natrona Heights, PA 15065
724/295-0607
harvestbaptistacademy.info

≠ Founded: 1996

Heritage Baptist Academy
1015 Lowry Ave., Jeannette, PA 15644
724/523-8820
hbcjeanette.org

Hillel Academy
5685 Beacon St., Pittsburgh, PA 15217
412/521-8131
hillelpgh.org

≠ Religious Affiliation: Orthodox Jewish

Homeacre Christian Academy
P.O. Box 908, Butler, PA 16003
724/287-3293

≠ Founded: 1973
≠ Application Deadline: None
≠ Religious Affiliation: Homeacre Chapel
≠ Total Enrollment: 17

≠ Annual Tuition: Varies

≠ Avg. Faculty Experience: 30 years
≠ Student-Teacher Ratio: 8 to 1

≠ Bus Transportation: Yes

Hope Christian Academy
434 Franklin Ave., Aliquippa, PA 15001
724/375-2008
soundthealarm-aliquippa.org

Imani Christian Academy
2150 East Hills Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15221
412/731-7982
imanichristianacademy.org

≠ Founded: 1983

Mount Carmel Christian School
1231 Old Route 119, Mt. Pleasant, PA 15666
724/887-7169
mymccs.org

≠ Founded: 1974

The Neighborhood Academy
709 N. Aiken Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206
412/362-2001
theneighborhoodacademy.org

≠ Founded: 1993

Oakland Catholic
144 N. Craig St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412/682-6633
oaklandcatholic.org

≠ Founded: 1989
≠ Application Deadline: Jan. 14
≠ Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic
≠ Total Enrollment: 575

≠ Annual Tuition: $12,600

≠ Student-Teacher Ratio: 13 to 1

≠ AP Courses: Biology, Calculus I & II, English Language & Composition, English Literature, French, Government and Politics: United States, Italian, Latin, Spanish, United States History, and World History. College in High School Programs include Argumentation, Chemistry, French, Physics, Public Speaking.
≠ Academic Awards: National Merit Finalist, 2 National Merit Semifinalists, 5 National Merit Commended Students
≠ Music/Arts Courses: Studio Art I through 7, Music Appreciation, Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Freshman Choir, Music Theory 1 and 2
≠ Sports: P.I.A.A./W.P.I.A.L.: Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball. Club Sports: Crew, Fencing

≠ Dress Code: Uniforms
≠ Bus Transportation: Varies by location

Orchard Hills Christian Academy
385 Kings Road, Apollo, PA 15613
724/478-3455
ohcacademy.org

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
1504 Woodcrest Ave.,
Coraopolis, PA 15108
412/264-5140
olsh.org

≠ Founded: 1932
≠ Application Deadline: March 15
≠ Religious Affiliation: Felician Sisters
≠ Total Enrollment: 378

≠ Annual Tuition: $8,300
≠ Receiving Financial Grant: 40%

≠ Avg. Faculty Experience: 15 years
≠ Student-Teacher Ratio: 13 to 1

≠ AP Courses: British Literature, World Literature, World History, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Spanish
≠ Academic Awards: National Merit Finalists, WPIAL Scholar Athlete, National Achievement Scholar Semifinalist, NCEA Seton Scholar
≠ Music/Arts Courses: Studio Art I-II-III-IV, Multicultural Studio Art, Ceramics I-II-III-IV, Graphic Design, Digital Photography, Advanced Digital Photography, Chorus, Honors Chorus, Show Choir, Band, Vocal Techniques and Music Theory, Theater Arts, Independent Study (Art), Independent Study (Instrument), Music Appreciation, Art Appreciation
≠ Sports: BOYS: Football, Soccer, Cross Country, Golf, Hockey, Freshman Basketball, Basketball, Bowling, Cheering, Swimming, Volleyball, Baseball, Track & Field. GIRLS: Soccer, Volleyball, Cross Country, Golf, Cheering, Basketball, Bowling, Swimming, Softball, Track & Field

≠ Dress Code: BOYS OR GIRLS: White oxford monogrammed shirts, navy-blue pants, brown or black shoes. GIRLS: navy-blue skirts.
≠ Bus Transportation: Yes, within a 10-mile radius and some additional districts

Portersville Christian School
343 E. Portersville Road,
Portersville, PA 16051
724/368-8787
portersvillechristianschool.org

≠ Founded: 1963

Quigley Catholic
200 Quigley Drive, Baden, PA 15005
724/869-2188
qchs.org

≠ Founded: 1967
≠ Application Deadline: None
≠ Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic
≠ Total Enrollment: 144

≠ Annual Tuition: $8,200
≠ Receiving Financial Grant: 38%

≠ Avg. Faculty Experience: 14 years
≠ Student-Teacher Ratio: 9 to 1

≠ AP Courses: English 12, American History, European History, CHS Calculus, CHS Chemistry, CHS Ceramics: Pottery
≠ Academic Awards: The 40 seniors graduating in 2013 were awarded a total of $5,058,036 in academic scholarships.
≠ Music/Arts Courses: Concert Choir, Concert Band, Piano I, Piano II, Guitar Methods, Music and Creative Movement, Music
≠ Sports: BOYS: Soccer, Golf, Football, Basketball, Track & Field, Baseball. GIRLS: Soccer, Golf, Volleyball, Basketball, Cheering, Track & Field, Softball

≠ Dress Code: Uniforms
≠ Bus Transportation: Yes

Robinson Township Christian
77 Phillips Lane, McKees Rocks, PA 15136
412/787-5919
rtcsonline.org

≠ Founded: 1978
≠ Student-Teacher Ratio: 10 to 1

Saint Joseph
800 Montana Ave.,
Natrona Heights, PA 15065
724/224-5552
saintjosephhs.com

≠ Founded: 1915
≠ Religious Affiliation: Catholic
≠ Total Enrollment: 219

Serra Catholic
200 Hershey Drive, McKeesport, PA 15132
412/751-2020
serrahs.org

≠ Founded: 1961
≠ Total Enrollment: 353

≠ Annual Tuition: Catholic students, $8,200; non-Catholic students, $8,700

Seton-La Salle Catholic
1000 McNeilly Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15226
412/561-3583
slshs.org

≠ Founded: 1979 by the merger of the all-boys South Hills Catholic High School, served by the Christian Brothers, and the all-girls Elizabeth Seton High School, founded by the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill
≠ Application Deadline: March 15
≠ Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic
≠ Total Enrollment: 505

≠ Annual Tuition: Catholic students, $8,995 (each additional student, $8,495); non-Catholic students, $9,495 (each additional student,$8,995); international students, $10,500

≠ Student-Teacher Ratio: 13.5 to 1

≠ AP Courses: Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Modern European History, U.S. History; offering AP Physics next year
≠ Academic Awards: 5 National Merit Scholars, 6 competitors in the Academic Games Leagues of America National Tournament, 2 first-place awardees in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science State meet at Penn State University, two semi-finalists for the Stossel in the Classroom “No They Can’t” Essay Contest, top-5 team in Academic WorldQuest competition at Soldiers and Sailors Hall (University of Pittsburgh), three Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar participants, one student featured as a vocalist at the United States Naturalization Ceremony in federal court in Pittsburgh
≠ Music/Arts Courses: Honors Band, Concert Band, Honors Freshman Concert Band, Freshman Concert Band, Marching Band, Mixed Chorus, Music Lessons,  Ceramics 1, Ceramics 2, Calligraphy, Design, Painting & Color, Fiber Arts, Drawing, Crafts 1, Crafts 2, Art 1, Art 2, Art 3 & 4,  Animation, Theater 1, Theater 2, AP Art History
≠ Sports: BOYS: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Crew, Cross Country, Curling, Fencing, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball. GIRLS: Basketball, Bowling, Crew, Cross Country, Curling, Fencing, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball

≠ Bus Transportation: Yes

Tri-State Christian Academy
750 Steubenville Pike,
Burgettstown, PA 15021
724/947-8722
4tca.org

≠ Founded: 1987

TrInity Christian
299 Ridge Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15221
412/242-8886
trinitychristian.net

≠ Founded: 1953
≠ Application Deadline: Rolling
≠ Religious Affiliation: Reformed Presbyterian

≠ Total Enrollment: 300

≠ Annual Tuition: $3,270 to $7,447
≠ Receiving Financial Grant: 29%

≠ Avg. Faculty Experience: 16 years
≠ Student-Teacher Ratio: 10 to 1

≠ AP Courses: U.S. History
≠ Academic Awards: National Merit Scholars
≠ Music/Arts Courses: K-12 Visual Arts, Band 4-12, Choir 4-12, Music K-12
≠ Sports: BOYS: Basketball, Soccer, Track. GIRLS: Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Track.

≠ Dress Code: Solid pants or skirt and collared shirt
≠ Bus Transportation: Yes

Vincentian Academy
8100 McKnight Road,
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
412/364-1616
vincentianacademy.org

≠ Founded: 1932
≠ Application Deadline: Rolling
≠ Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic
≠ Total Enrollment: 262

≠ Annual Tuition: $11,000
≠ Receiving Financial Grant: Varies

≠ Student-Teacher Ratio: 12 to 1

≠ AP Courses: Calculus
≠ International Baccalaureate: Math Studies, History of Europe (HL), 20th Century World History Topics; Chemistry 2 (SL & HL), Biology 2 (SL & HL), Chemistry 3 (HL), Biology 3 (HL), English 3 & 4, Spanish 3, Spanish 4, Economics, Psychology, Music, Art, Computers
≠ Academic Awards: National Merit Scholars
≠ Music/Arts Courses: Art 1, Honors/Pre-IB Art 2,  IB Art,  Music 1, Honors/Pre-IB Music and IB Music
≠ Sports: BOYS: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track. GIRLS: Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track, Volleyball

≠ Dress Code: School uniform
≠ Bus Transportation: Yes

Westmoreland Christian Academy
538 Rugh St., Greensburg, PA 15601
724/853-8308
westmorelandchristian.org

≠ Founded: 1999

Wilson Christian Academy
1900 Clairton Road, West Mifflin, PA 15122
412/466-1919
wilsonchristianacademy.com

≠ Founded: 1977
≠ Application Deadline: 30 days before the start of the school year
≠ Religious Affiliation: Christian
≠ Total Enrollment: 200

≠ Annual Tuition: $5,200
≠ Receiving Financial Grant: 12%

≠ Avg. Faculty Experience: 15 years
≠ Student-Teacher Ratio: 7.5 to 1

≠ Academic Awards: Outstanding Citizens, National Merit Scholars
≠ Music/Arts Courses: Art: Drawing, Fabric, Painting; Music: Choir, Band, Handbells, Spring Musical
≠ Sports: BOYS: Soccer, Basketball, Bowling. GIRLS: Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Bowling, Cheering

≠ Dress Code: Polo/oxford shirts: any color; dress pants/skirt: blue, brown, black
≠ Bus Transportation: Yes, from different districts

Yeshiva Achei Tmimim
Boys: 2100 Wightman St., Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Girls: 6401 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15217
412/422-7300
yeshivaschool.com


 

 

Public Schools



 

This performance snapshot of public high schools in Allegheny County is based on data from the state Department of Education.



 

Information, Please?

Parents may not be familiar with terms used to describe the education options available to their children. Here's a glossary of terms frequently used in Pennsylvania.

Accredited Independent Schools: Non-public schools may seek accreditation from a number of associations approved by the state Board of Education. In western Pennsylvania, the go-to organization typically is the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools. Its accreditation criteria are based on organization and administration, program, personnel, health and safety, and the physical site of the petitioning school, as well as an extensive self-study produced by the school. The state does not require these schools to obtain accreditation.

AP Classes: Developed and administered by the College Board, the Advanced Placement Program provides high-school students with opportunities to complete and earn credit in some 30 college-level courses across a broad spectrum of subjects.

Charter Schools: These institutions are funded by tax money and subject to state-mandated tests. Charters are authorized by local school districts and approved by the state Department of Education to operate independently from local school districts. An entity — such as a group of parents, a community organization or a for-profit business  — obtains a “charter” to run a brick-and-mortar or cyber school.

Common Core State Standards (CCSS)/Core Standards: The CCSS reflects the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers’ efforts to develop one set of standards for evaluating English Language Arts and Math proficiency in grades K–12. Although Pennsylvania in 2010 adopted the CCSS, in 2013 it unveiled its own version — the Pennsylvania Core Standards.

Cyber Schools: These are virtual or online charter schools.

IB Classes: Created in the late 1960s for students in international schools, the International Baccalaureate® program today may be used to supplement a school’s curriculum, much like AP Classes.

Independent Schools: As the name implies, these schools are not financially dependent on or regulated by government or religious institutions.

Keystone Exams: During the 2012-2013 school year, standardized Keystone tests in Algebra I, Literature and Biology replaced the 11th-grade Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) as part of No Child Left Behind/Adequate Yearly Progress requirements. Beginning with the class of 2017, Pennsylvania high-school students will be required to pass the Algebra I, Literature and Biology Keystone Exams in order to receive a diploma. The Keystone Exams’ Academic Performance Data represent the percentage of students scoring Proficient or Advanced. Plans call for the addition of Keystones in Algebra II, Chemistry, Civics and Government, English Composition, Geometry, U.S. History and World History.

Licensed Private Schools: Primarily nonsectarian, these schools are licensed and regulated by the Pennsylvania Board of Private Academic Schools, which oversees standards regarding physical site, professional staff, equipment and materials, and instruction.

Non-Public, Non-Licensed Schools: These schools must register with the state and comply with the Pennsylvania School Code, although the state does not require licensing for schools supported by what have been determined to be bona fide religious institutions.

Parochial Schools: Schools run by the Catholic Church or other religious denominations.

Pennsylvania School Performance Profile: This ranking takes into account a number of factors — including PSSA/Keystone and SAT/ACT scores, as well as graduation and attendance rates — to provide public schools with an overall academic performance score each year.
 
Private Schools: This term encompasses all non-public schools, including parochial, independent and for-profit.
 
Public Schools: Funded by tax dollars and subject to government regulations and standards, public schools are free and open to all children living within a specified geographic district.
 
SAT Scores: Students who plan to attend college take Scholastic Assessment Tests, administered by the College Board. The SATs consist of three sections — Critical Reading, Math and Writing — and each are scored on a scale of 200-800. Colleges and universities include these scores as criteria when assessing applicants for admission.


Patrick Doyle also contributed to this article.
 

 

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