Top High Schools in the Pittsburgh, PA Metro (page 2)

Top High Schools in the Pittsburgh, PA Metro

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Updated on Aug 23, 2011



Fox Chapel Area Senior High School

Fox Chapel Area School District 


If you walk through the cafeteria at Fox Chapel Area Senior High School, you'll see students from different socioeconomic and racial groups chatting and eating lunch together. The diversity and friendliness at the school help create a rich learning environment.


The school offers such a wide range of courses and electives that the staff is constantly reminding students to read the course schedule to make sure that they don’t miss out on any opportunities. The school offers a number of AP courses and participation in the program is high. The technology courses are also popular and the school has an accomplished fine arts program as well.


The school uses a four by four block schedule to provide more choices and options for both remediation and acceleration. Students enjoy a lot of flexibility and college-like experiences, especially for upperclassmen. Many students take advantage of online courses, internships, dual enrollment, and study abroad opportunities. Over 10 percent of the students take advantage of the early graduation program, which enables them to graduate at the end of their junior year and to start college early or travel.


“We perform high each year because we have a lot supports in place for students. One of the keys to our success is that we service kids at all ends of the spectrum,” said Michael Hower, Principal.



Franklin Regional Senior High School

Franklin Regional School District 


Franklin Regional Senior High School offers students a host of learning experiences, ranging from the classroom to athletic fields and theater stages. One of the focuses of the school is maintaining a positive culture and supporting students to achieve their best. The school has an active anti-bullying program on campus to help create a positive environment for students, and over 50 percent of the staff hold advanced degrees.


Students can select from a variety of AP courses and honors programs. In addition to a strong college preparatory curriculum, the school offers a career and technology program through community partnerships. There are also a number of sports teams and programs that students can participate in.


Over 40 clubs are available on campus, including Video Gaming, Young Writers, and Photography. Many of the clubs are service-focused, such as the Key Club, Interact, and Kids Helping Kids. Honor societies are also prevalent and include the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, and Science National Honor Society. A wide range of sports are also available and many teams having winning reputations.


“We take school rules and safety very seriously to follow our mission statement of providing a positive school culture,” said Principal Tina Burns.



Hampton High School

Hampton Township School District 


With a low teacher to student ratio (1 teacher to every 17 students), students at Hampton High School benefit greatly from individualized attention. Most classes have around 24 students, which also contributes to students being able to develop a relation with staff. Community service is a priority on campus and 40 volunteer hours are required to graduate.


After class, students can participate in the clubs like the Drama Club, Video Club, and Teenage Republicans. Academic clubs, such as the German Club, Robotics, and Environmental Club also meet on campus. The school also boasts an active National Honor Society.


There are a number of varsity sports teams to choose from, and the Lacrosse, Track and Field, Baseball and Tennis teams have all had recent success. Club sports are also available to all students, including Disc Golf, Crew, In-line Hockey, Ice Hockey, and Ultimate Frisbee.



Mt Lebanon Senior High School

Mt Lebanon School District 


While academics are the top priority Mt Lebanon Senior High School, the school also maintains a tradition of excellence in arts, athletics, and activities.


The school offers many AP courses and supplements the core subject with specialized courses, such as studying specific aspects of literature in the 11th and 12th grades. Social studies knowledge is applied through programs like International Relations and Current Issues in a Global Society. The same approach is taken in science with courses in Honors Organic Chemistry and Astrobiology. To challenge mathematically talented students, advanced courses are offered both on campus and through local colleges.


Students can select from over 27 different varsity teams (the girl's basketball team just won their third state championship in a row!) and many other intramural sports teams. Over 60 different clubs are available on campus in addition to a thriving art program and television arts program. The fine arts are showcased through the theater program, concert band, orchestra, and percussion program.


“Our school prides itself on traditions of excellence,” said Ron Davis, Principal. “We pride ourselves on a rich and diverse curriculum for our students.”


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