|Pittsburgh Public Schools|
|Motto||Expect Great Things|
|Superintendent||Wayne Walters |
|Asst. superintendent(s)||Nina Sacco, Kevin Bivins, Monica Lamar, Rodney Necciai, Shawn McNeil, Patti Camper|
|School board||Sala Udin|
|Governing agency||Board of Public Education|
|Students and staff|
|Athletic conference||PIAA District 8|
|Website||Pittsburgh Public Schools|
Pittsburgh Public Schools is the public school district serving the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and adjacent Mount Oliver, Pennsylvania. As of the 2021–2022 school year, the district operates 54 schools with 4,192 employees (2,070 teachers) and 20,350 students, and has a budget of $668.3 million. According to the district's 2021 budget, based on the 2010 U.S. Census, the combined land area served is 55.3 square miles (143 km2), with a population of 309,359.
The formation of Pittsburgh's public schools in 1835 was due to the passing of the Pennsylvania Free Public School Act of 1834. This act provided government aid for establishing a city school system, which included the creation of four self-governed wards. Twenty years later, the wards were disbanded, and the Central Board of Education was founded. This board would govern the entire school district, which would consist of nine wards or sub- districts. The first city superintendent of schools was elected in 1868. In 1911, the School Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania modified the existing system to include a Board of Public education that would oversee sixty-one sub-districts and two central boards. The Public School Code (Title 22) of 1949 further regulated the provisions and establishment of Pennsylvania state schools.
As stated in numerous district annual budgets, including 2021, "Although public education in Pittsburgh dates back to 1835, the consolidated District was founded in November 1911, as a result of an educational reform movement that combined the former 'ward' schools into one system with standardized educational and business policies. Initially the district was governed by an appointed Board of 15 members, but since 1976 has been governed by a nine-member Board elected by districts of relatively equal populations."
In February 2006, eight underperforming schools were transformed into Accelerated Learning Academies(ALAs). The schools had 10 days added to their school calendar and 45 minutes of instructional time were added each day. The ALAs use the America's Choice Design Model, developed by the National Center on Education and the Economy.
In March 2006, the district contracted with Kaplan K12 Learning Services to develop a single, district-wide curriculum.
On December 13, 2006 Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and then Superintendent Mark Roosevelt announced an initiative called The Pittsburgh Promise. In 2008, the program became available to all graduates satisfying the criteria for a scholarship to any accredited post-secondary institution within Pennsylvania. The five to seven million dollars per year necessary to fund the program would be raised through private contributions from foundations and corporations.
In January 2007, the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers made the first contribution to The Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program. In 2008, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center made a $10 million donation with a commitment for as much as $90 million in additional matching funds over the next nine years.
The Pittsburgh Public Schools has an elected, nine-member board of directors. The members serve a four-year term and represent districts within the city and the nearby borough of Mount Oliver. Like all other school board members in Pennsylvania, they receive no pay.
On July 21, 2022, the Pittsburgh Board of Education announced that Dr. Wayne N. Walters will serve as Superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools. On August 1, 2022, Dr. Walters took over the top leadership position after serving as interim Superintendent for a 10-month period. The school district has various administrative departments: Office of the Superintendent, Student Support Services, Athletics, Human Resources, Curriculm and Instruction, Data, Research, Evaluation and Assessment, Facilities, Finance, and Law.
As required by Pennsylvania state law, the district funds a number of charter schools:
|Arlington Middle School||Arlington||1996||2004|
|Baxter Middle School||Homewood North||1908||1978||Now Student Achievement Center.|
|Belmar Elementary School||Homewood North||1903||2004||Used as Homewood Montessori (2004-2006) and Lincoln 6-8 (2006–2011). Now vacant.|
|Beltzhoover Elementary School||Beltzhoover||1909||2004|
|Bon Air Elementary School||Bon Air||1956||2006|
|Burgwin Elementary School||Hazelwood||1937||2006|
|Chartiers Elementary School||Windgap||1959||2004||Now Chartiers Early Childhood Center.|
|Chatham Elementary School||Perry North||1924||2006|
|Clayton Elementary School||Perry South||1958||2006|
|Columbus Middle School||Perry South||1967||2006|
|Clifford B. Connelley Vocational High School||Crawford-Roberts/Uptown Pittsburgh||1930||2004||Secondary School|
|Crescent Elementary School||East Hills||1939||2006|
|H. B. Davis Elementary School||Squirrel Hill South||1932||1980||Demolished in 1984.|
|East Hills Elementary School||East Hills||1972||2006|
|Fifth Avenue High School||Uptown||1894||1976|
|Fort Pitt Elementary School||Garfield||1905||2012|
|Frick Middle School||North Oakland||1927||2009||Now Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy.|
|Friendship Elementary School||Friendship||1899||2006||Now Pittsburgh Montessori School.|
|Gladstone Middle School||Hazelwood||1914||2001||Was also a high school from 1960 to 1976.|
|Greenway Middle School||Crafton Heights||1974||2006||Now Pittsburgh Classical Academy Middle School.|
|Knoxville Middle School||Knoxville||1927||2006|
|Larimer Elementary School||Larimer||1896||1980|
|Lee Elementary School||Beechview||1912||1980|
|Lemington Elementary School||Lincoln–Lemington–Belmar||1937||2006|
|Madison Elementary School||Upper Hill||1902||2006|
|Horace Mann Elementary School||Marshall-Shadeland||1874||2006|
|McCleary Elementary School||Upper Lawrenceville||1900||2006|
|William H. McKelvy Elementary School||Bedford Dwellings||1916||2001||Now Miller African Centered Academy.|
|McNaugher Middle School||Perry South||1909||1983|
|Margaret Milliones Middle School||Upper Hill||1928||2006||Originally Herron Hill Junior High. Now University Prep 6-12.|
|Morningside Elementary School||Morningside||1897||2006|
|Samuel F. B. Morse Elementary School||South Side Flats||1874||1980|
|Murray Elementary School||Mount Oliver||1955||2012||Now Arlington PreK-8.|
|Northview Heights Elementary School||Northview Heights||1962||2012|
|David B. Oliver High School||Marshall-Shadeland||1925||2012||Now Oliver Citywide Academy.|
|Peabody High School||East Liberty||1911||2011||Now Barack Obama Academy of International Studies 6-12.|
|Prospect Middle School||Mount Washington||1931||2006|
|Regent Square Elementary School||Regent Square||1928||2004||Now Environmental Charter School.|
|Florence Reizenstein Middle School||Shadyside||1975||2008||Used as Schenley High (2008–2011) and Obama Academy 6-12 (2009–2012). Demolished in 2013.|
|Arthur J. Rooney Sr. Middle School||Brighton Heights||1997||2010||Now Morrow 6-8.|
|Schaeffer Elementary School||Crafton Heights||1960||2012|
|Schenley High School||North Oakland||1916||2011||The Schenley building was closed in 2008, but the name continued to be used at a different location until the last class of existing students graduated in 2011.|
|Sheraden Elementary School||Sheraden||1959||2006|
|South Hills High School||Mount Washington||1917||1986|
|South Vocational-Technical High School||South Side Flats||1897||2004|
|Spring Garden Elementary School||Troy Hill||1939||2004||Now Spring Garden Early Childhood Center.|
|Thaddeus Stevens Elementary School||Elliott||1939||2012|
|Washington Polytechnic Middle School||Central Lawrenceville||1937||2006|
|West Side Traditional Academy||Fairywood||1922||2001||Originally Fairywood Elementary.|
|Wightman School||Squirrel Hill North||1897||1980|