Top High Schools in the Pittsburgh, PA Metro
Below are profiles featuring the top 10 high schools in the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area. In order to be featured as a Top High School, the school must have a 2010 Education.com TestRating of 10 out of 10. The TestRating compares a school's standardized test scores for a given year with scores from other schools in the same state. Find your school and see how it compares.
Beaver Area School District
Beaver Area Senior High School students receive a well-rounded education that combines challenging curriculum and various opportunities outside the classroom. Students at enjoy top notch facilities, including a large auditorium used for community events as well as school events, and a smaller theater for more intimate productions. The school has technology integrated throughout the campus and boasts nine different science labs.
The school offers an impressive AP program with 12 different courses to choose from. Over 80 percent of the students at the school take at least one AP course during their high school career. Students can take the stage with the top notch performing arts programs, including drama, band, concert choir, and orchestra.
“Our people, from students to faculty, to staff and administration, make our schools a learning community, whose foundation is a unique blend of fostering relationships, honoring tradition, and embracing innovation,” writes Principal Dave Zuspic on the school website. “Our commitment to education through technology, academics, the arts, athletics, and activities have created one of the premier schools in Western Pennsylvania.”
Bethel Park School District
If you go to a football game at Bethel Park High you might notice that the drill team is wearing the same style of uniforms typically worn in the 1950’s. Traditions, such as the uniforms and an annual Powder Puff football game, have been followed for years and are important to the culture of the school. Many parents of students graduated from the high school themselves and the vast majority of the school's staff live in the community.
The halls are typically decorated for upcoming events and students always dress in school colors for events – school spirit is evident at Bethel Park. Community service is also important to the school, and students are often collecting items and food for charitable organizations. Students and teachers have the opportunity to develop relationships through programs like the holiday secret Santa; students even decorate classroom doors on teachers' birthdays.
The school offers a wide variety of AP and Honors courses, and majority of the school's graduates go to college. After school, students can find many ways to become involved through sports teams and interest clubs. The music department – the band, in particular -- has a reputation for excellence as well.
“Bethel Park High School and the community is one of the places where everybody knows everyone else,” said Vicki Flotta, Director of Public Relations for Bethel Park School District.