Honors & Awards
Topping the Charts
The Academy was one of 60 schools nationwide, and one of only two schools in the state, that was highlighted in a Wall Street Journal article titled, "How to Get into Harvard," listing high schools that have a remarkable record of sending their students to elite colleges.
Sewickley Academy participates in exchanges with the International School of Cluj in Romania, Erasmus-Grasser-Gymnasium in Germany, the Perse School in England, the Institution Stanislas in France, Wuhan School #3 in China, and the Central Coast Grammar School in Australia. This past school year, new exchanges were launched with the Colegio de Santa Maria in Costa Rica and the First School of Changsha in China.
A $2,000 grant from the Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grant Project was awarded to SA’s Secret Garden. The grant will fund two fruit trees, garden beds, two rain barrels, and picnic tables to allow the Secret Garden to become a true outdoor classroom and community center.
The Class of 2013 was offered $4.13 million in merit scholarships from colleges and universities.
The SAT average for the Classes of 2010-2013 is 1918 on the 2400 scale. This is 418 points above the national SAT average!
Fifty-two students received an AP Scholar Award for their exceptional achievement on the Advanced Placement exams. In the last four years, more than 50% of Academy graduates have been recognized as AP Scholars.
The 2012 Senior School literary arts magazine received a silver ranking from the Pennsylvania Scholastic Press Association and a rating of “Excellent" from the National Council of Teachers of English, as well as the highly prized "First Place with Special Merit" from the American Scholastic Press Association.
In the annual ceramic-based art show sponsored by The Clay Place at Standard Ceramics, Sewickley Academy students’ artwork took the "Best in Show" prize.
Engineering the Future
At the Western PA FIRST LEGO League Regional Tournament, the Middle School robotics team finished seventh in the table competition, earning the judges' first place award in the programming category and taking eighth place overall out of 19 teams.
At the Music in the Parks Festival, the Lower School orchestra earned a superior rating on its performance, and the Middle and Senior School orchestra earned a rating of Superior First Place and First Place Overall. The Senior School chorus earned a third place Excellent rating.
The Middle and Senior School band was awarded the Spirit of Nashville Award at the WorldStrides Heritage Performance Festival for its respectful representation of SA, and the students’ friendly and courteous behavior throughout the weekend. The band also earned a Silver Award for its performance.
SA has won the MSA Sports Cup eight times in the award's nine-year existence. The cup is awarded annually to the best overall sports program among all WPIAL schools in each classification. (Champions in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, and 2004; Runner-up in 2008.)
During the 2012-13 school year, the Panthers won five section championships in boys' golf, boys' soccer, girls' soccer, girls' tennis, and boys' tennis.
For the first time in school history, both SA candidates for the 2013 WPIAL Scholar-Athlete Award – Amy Kolor '13 and Jordan Milo '13 – were selected as the winners. The two were selected out of 10 male and 10 female candidates who came from approximately 140 WPIAL high schools.
Sewickley Academy was awarded the Trib Total Media/WPXI High School Sports Award for excellence in high school sports.
Commitment to Service
During the second annual Day of Service, more than 800 students, faculty, and staff participated in 22 service projects across the region, donating over 6,400 hours of service.
Sewickley Academy was named one of the best places to work in Pittsburgh by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and WorkplaceDynamics. The Academy was the only independent school to be recognized on the list.