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Sewickley Academy: At a Glance

As Pittsburgh's oldest co-educational, college preparatory, independent day school, Sewickley Academy prepares students for a lifetime of success by inspiring them to reach their full potential as curious, courageous, and compassionate learners. Exceptional programs, small classes, and talented faculty help our students become conscientious leaders, critical thinkers, and responsible members of a global community.


  • Average class size is 15 students
  • Student to teacher ratio is approximately 7:1
  • Experienced, caring teachers, 57% with advanced degrees
  • All faculty and staff participate in annual professional development

College Placement

  • 100% of graduates continue their education at a four-year college or university
  • 91% of seniors were admitted to one of their top-choice colleges or universities
    (Top Choice = listed as “First Choice” or “High Level of Interest” by the student)
  • More than $4.1 million in merit scholarships was offered to the Class of 2014
  • In the last 4 years, over 50% of Academy graduates have been recognized as an AP Scholar by the College Board
  • The SAT average for the Classes of 2010-2014 is 1913 on the 2400 scale. This is 415 points above the national SAT average!


  • 720 students in Grades PK through 12 with all grades on a single 16-acre campus
  • Located approximately 12 miles northwest of Pittsburgh
  • 60 classrooms, four computer labs, nine science labs, two greenhouses, a media center, two libraries with a total of 33,600 volumes, and two student publishing centers
  • Two gymnasiums, four athletic fields including a turf field, a fully-equipped fitness center, and five tennis courts support our 12 varsity teams
  • Fine arts programs are supported by visual and performing art studios, music practice rooms, a black-box theater with seating for approximately 130, Rea Auditorium with 570 seats, and the Campbell Art Gallery


  • Mission and Core Values that center on the potential of every child
  • Emphasis on developing students' leadership and communication skills
  • A Community of Respect pledge and Honor Code that set a high standard of behavior
  • Bus transportation offered to many areas in the region
  • 1.6 million dollars in financial aid to assist families who qualify; approximately 18% of students receive financial aid
  • Home to Summerbridge Pittsburgh, the national award-winning program with core values of high expectations, academic success, and personal mastery for students with limited opportunities


  • A highly diverse student body from 45 school districts in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia
  • Approximately 22% of the student body is Asian and East Indian, Latin, or African American

One School. One Campus.

On our single campus (PK-12), we learn from one another every day. Our older students are role models to the younger ones, and our younger students know they have a friend to show them the ropes.

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