Community Report 2011-2012
The following information illustrates the positive way the Academy participates in our local community. It is a statement of our promise to our neighbors as it relates to our mission, which serves as a guide for every member of our school community.
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Sewickley Academy is the largest employer in the Edgeworth Borough with 144 faculty and staff, 56 of whom live in a five-mile radius of the school. An additional 10 people are employed by the food service contractor and 15 more by the buildings and grounds services contracts. Following is a total gross compensation, exclusive of retirement benefits.
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AUXILIARY SERVICES SALARIES
|Food services payroll:
The Academy was named one of best places to work in Pittsburgh by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and WorkplaceDynamics, ranking 14 among 25 other mid-size top workplaces in categories such as company leadership, career opportunities, work flexibility, compensation, and benefits. SA was the only independent school to be recognized.
Sewickley Academy is committed to the vitality of our community’s economy, so we prefer to utilize the services of local vendors. We support local events and traditions like Yuletide in the Village and actively pursue partnerships with local vendors and organizations like Penguin Bookshop and Cuttings.
SCHOOL PURCHASES AND EXPENDITURES
|Invoices paid to local vendors:
|Total invoices paid to state vendors:
|Food services purchases, local vendors:
|Food services, statewide:
|Capital projects expenditures (five-year average):
TAXES, UTILITIES, AND PERMIT FEES
|Taxes and fees paid to Edgeworth Borough:
|Taxes and fees paid to QV School District
and Allegheny County:
|Utilities paid locally and statewide:
A strong, need-based, financial aid program allows promising students, who could not otherwise afford to do so, attend Sewickley Academy. This supports the Academy’s commitment to providing an outstanding and distinctive college preparatory education to an academically talented, as well as socio-economically, geographically, and culturally diverse student body. Twenty percent of students receive tuition assistance, representing approximately $1.6 million available annually.
|Financial aid awarded to local families:
|Financial aid awarded to families statewide:
More than 283 families, or 40 percent of our current households, live at least five miles away from the school and travel daily to and from Sewickley Academy from 45 school districts in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia and patronize area shops and restaurants throughout the school year. In addition, more than 245 prospective families with students visit the school annually. The Academy also draws more than 500 alumni and their families each year for social and athletic events, who patronize area restaurants, shops, and hotels.
The Academy offers the use of many of its facilities to the community, which naturally establishes relationships and partnerships.
The outside organizations, schools, and groups listed below use our athletic facilities — which include two gyms, four athletic fields including a turf field, a fully-equipped fitness center, and five tennis courts — an average of 15 to 20 hours per week.
- Robert Morris University
- Edgeworth Club
- Travel Soccer teams
- Basketball Stars of America
- Intrepid Lacrosse
- Sewickley Valley Lacrosse
- Quaker Valley Recreation Association
- Sewickley Valley YMCA
Our performing arts facilities include a black-box theater with seating for approximately 150, Rea Auditorium with 635 seats, and the Campbell Art Gallery, which we open up to local organizations sponsoring performances and programs. On average, local organizations and groups use our arts facilities 300 hours per year. They include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Sweetwater Center for the Arts
- Edgeworth Borough
- Penguin Bookshop
- Pittsburgh Children’s Theater
- Pittsburgh CLO
Sewickley Academy welcomes the community to a number of programs and events throughout the year, including:
- Sewickley Series — a year-long program of free and open-to-the-public events
- Black History Month Speaker
- International Dinner
- Annual Pancake Breakfast supporting our local police and fire departments
- Middle and Senior School theater and musical recitals and productions
- Sewickley Area Library Battle of the Books
- Veteran’s Day Assembly and reception
- Author appearances and book-signings
- Mavuno Festival of African American Art & Culture, sponsored by Sweetwater Center for the Arts
Sewickley Academy is the home of Summerbridge Pittsburgh. This program offers a tuition-free, six-week summer opportunity for underserved Pittsburgh area middle school students to achieve academic success and for young adults to pursue careers in education. Each summer, 100 rising seventh and eighth-grade students from public schools in the greater Pittsburgh region come to Sewickley Academy’s campus for classes taught by high school and college students.
During the summer, Sewickley Academy welcomes students from all schools to participate in our creative and challenging academic and art programs and sports camps.
Sewickley Academy students, pre-kindergarten through grade 12, participate in several service learning projects every year. Projects include, but are not limited to, food and toy drives, on-site volunteer work, and cash donation through student sponsored and organized fundraisers. Last school year on April 5, 2012, the entire school community - students, faculty, and staff - joined together for the inaugural Day of Service and contributed 3,200 hours of community service while completing projects throughout Allegheny County.
Sewickley Academy serves many local organizations, including the ones listed below:
Sewickley Academy supports and partners with several local organizations. Below is a partial list of organizations we have assisted in meeting their missions and goals.
- Youth Connect
- Fern Hollow Nature Center
- Sweetwater Center for the Arts
- Laughlin Center
- Penguin Bookshop
- Village Green
- Old Economy Village
- Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra
- Pittsburgh Youth Chamber Orchestra
- Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra
- Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures
- Pittsburgh YWCA
- Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council
- Urban League of Pittsburgh
- Fire and Police Departments of Edgeworth and Sewickley Boroughs
- Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
Sewickley Academy is a member of the following organizations.