Pittsburgh Public Schools

Pittsburgh Public Schools offers a wide variety of educational options and offerings for their diverse student body. They aim to provide opportunities that not only match their students’ passions and unique needs but also help to prepare them for the real world through diverse experiences.

As the largest of 43 school districts in Allegheny County and second largest in Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Public Schools serves more than 23,000 students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 in 54 schools. Also, Early Childhood programs serve 1,222 three- and four-year-olds in classrooms across the city.

Pittsburgh’s public school system is in the midst of its 2017-2022 Strategic Plan: Expect Great Things, which sets forth four desired long-term outcomes, four strategic themes, and 19 initiatives to create a student-centered culture built on continuous improvement. Pittsburgh Public Schools believe that every child—at every level of academic performance—can achieve excellence.

Pittsburgh Public Schools has all the right ingredients to help us tackle urban public education problems and to help our children succeed in school, and prepare them for whatever comes next in college, career, and life.

District Vision:
All students will graduate high school college, career and life-ready prepared to complete a two-or-four-year college degree or workforce certification.

District Mission:
The Pittsburgh Public Schools will be one of America’s premier school districts, student-focused, well-managed, and innovative.

The school system will hold themselves accountable for preparing all children to achieve academic excellence and strength of character so that they have the opportunity to succeed in all aspects of life.

District Beliefs:

  • All children can learn at high levels.
  • Teachers have a profound impact on student development and should have ample training, support and resources.
  • Education begins with a safe and healthy learning environment.
  • Families are an essential part of the educational process.
  • A commitment from the entire community is necessary to build a culture that encourages student achievement.
  • Improvement in education is guided by consistent and effective leadership.
  • Central office exists to serve students and schools.
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