This article is from our Fall 2023 edition printed magazine.
Determining the “best” school districts can be subjective and depends on several factors, including academic performance, extracurricular offerings, teacher quality, and community involvement. Here is a list of Pittsburgh area school districts recognized in the suburbs for their educational programs:
Mt. Lebanon: Located south of Pittsburgh, the Mt. Lebanon School District is known for its high academic standards, strong community involvement, and access to extracurricular activities.
Upper St. Clair: Located in the southwestern suburbs, this acclaimed school district offers a rigorous academic curriculum, strong parental involvement, and focus on technology integration.
South Fayette Township: Known for its commitment to technology integration and project-based learning, the South Fayette Township School District is highly regarded.
Bethel Park: Located in the southern suburbs, the Bethel Park School District is known for comprehensive educational programs, strong sports teams, and active student participation.
Pine-Richland: Located north of Pittsburgh, Pine-Richland is praised for its exceptional educational programs, dedicated teachers, and wide range of extracurricular opportunities.
Fox Chapel Area: This district in the northeast suburbs is recognized for its academic excellence, rigorous curriculum, and strong emphasis on arts and music education.
North Allegheny: Serving the northern suburbs, the North Allegheny School District is known for its world-class academic programs, comprehensive athletic offerings, and innovative initiatives.
Hampton Township: This district in the northern suburbs is known for strong academic offerings, dedicated teachers, and a supportive community.
Mars: The Mars Area School District, located north of Pittsburgh, is applauded for its educational excellence, vibrant arts programs, and active parental involvement.
Quaker Valley: Serving several communities along the Ohio River, the Quaker Valley School District is praised for academic rigor, strong sense of community, and innovative teaching practices.
Researching and visiting these districts is important in order to determine which ones best align with your educational priorities and your family’s needs. Rankings and perceptions of school districts can change, so be sure to check current data and engage with community members to make an informed decision.