Quaker Valley School District is located along the Ohio River 12 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Our community is diverse, including various ethnic, racial and socioeconomic populations. Our stable population includes third and fourth generation Quaker Valley families, as well as those who have come to us not only from other states, but also from other countries. We embrace this diversity as an opportunity for cultural understanding and exchange. As a result, our schools mirror the cohesive, small-town atmosphere of the community they serve.
We are a small district with a reputation for quality. School and class sizes allow for a personal approach to instruction. Quaker Valley recognizes that it takes a cumulative experience of excellence to produce students who will be internationally competitive. To that end, an innovative curriculum challenges all students to excel as independent thinkers and learners, and gives each the support and incentive to do so successfully.
We are honored to have had all four of our schools selected for National Blue Ribbon Awards of Excellence.
All Quaker Valley schools exceeded the state’s achievement and growth standard of 70% for 2012-13. Our academic performance scores are: Edgeworth Elementary: 81.4; Osborne Elementary: 88.1; Quaker Valley Middle School: 93.8; Quaker Valley High School: 93.2. Scores are based upon achievement and growth on the PSSA and/or Keystone exams; graduation, promotion, and attendance rates; as well as participation and/or performance on the PSAT, SAT, ACT, NOCTI and Advanced Placement courses.
The 2014 Pittsburgh Business Times Guide to Western Pennsylvania Schools ranked Quaker Valley School District 8th out of 105 public school districts in western Pennsylvania and 23rd out of 500 school districts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Quaker Valley High School was one of 33 schools in Pennsylvania and only seven in Allegheny County to be listed among America’s Most Challenging High Schools by the Washington Post in 2014.
U.S. News and World Report, ranking the best public high schools in America, placed Quaker Valley High School at 14th among Pennsylvania’s 687 high schools and 645th out of more than 21,000 public high schools nationwide in 2013.
The National Music Makers Foundation, a partnership of leading music and educational organizations, cited Quaker Valley as one of the “Best Communities for Music Education” for a tenth consecutive year in 2014.
All elementary and middle school students are engaged in the study of fine arts. Approximately 76% of Quaker Valley High School students continue to study and participate in some form of fine arts – the graphic and visual arts as well as the choral, orchestral, instrumental and theatrical arts – all through a variety of coursework and co-curricular enrichment.
Computers and technology are used as tools to enhance and facilitate learning and assessment. In addition to providing computer instruction and at least one computer lab in each building, every high school student is issued a laptop as a freshman for use at school and home for their four years at QVHS; middle school students are assigned a laptop for use while at school; and computer carts equipped with laptops are available to elementary teachers so that each child has access to a laptop during a class period if needed to support the lesson or curriculum unit.
Quaker Valley welcomes inquiries by families considering relocation to our community. Please call our Communications Department at 412-749-3623 for additional information about the district.