Sewickley Academy

315 Academy Avenue,
Sewickley, PA, 15143-0151
Tel: (412)741-2235
Grades: PK - 12 | 719 students
Founded in 1838, Sewickley Academy is the oldest coeducational, independent, private school in Pittsburgh.
A college-preparatory day school located approximately 12 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, Sewickley Academy enrolls approximately 740 students in prekindergarten through grade 12.
All grades are located on a single 16-acre campus, with an additional 14 acres nearby containing athletic fields and tennis courts.
A $15 millon construction project, completed in 1999, brought dramatic changes to the appearance of the campus.
New additions include a freestanding Middle School, library for grades 6-12, separate early childhood center and play area.
Extensive renovations were made to the Senior School and Lower School buildings.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten - 12
Year Founded 1838

Student Body

Total Students 719 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 20%
State avg.: 20%
Students by Grade Sewickley Academy Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 93 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 57%
Average Class Size 15 students
Number of AP Courses 13 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Average SAT score 1945
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(Dress Code available on our website)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Feb. 1 / rolling
% on Financial Aid 18%
Average Financial Aid Grant $11,768
Admissions Director Brendan J. Schneider
Admissions Associate Gil Smith


Total Sports Offered 13 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Diving, Field Hockey, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and FieldBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryDiving,
Field HockeyGolf,
Ice HockeyLacrosse,
Track and Field

School Notes:

    Sewickley Academy: At a Glance As Pittsburgh's oldest co-educational, college preparatory, independent, private day school, Sewickley Academy prepares students for a lifetime of success by inspiring them to reach their full potential as curious, courageous, and compassionate learners. Exceptional programs, small classes, and talented faculty help our students become conscientious leaders, critical thinkers, and responsible members of a global community. Academics
    • Average class size is 15 students
    • Student to teacher ratio is approximately 7:1
    • Experienced, caring teachers, 57% with advanced degrees
    • All faculty and staff participate in annual professional development
    • College Placement
    • 100% of graduates continue their education at a four-year college or university
    • 96% of the Class of 2010 was admitted to a top-choice college or university
    • More than $4.5 million in merit scholarships was offered to the Class of 2010
    • In the last 4 years, over 50% of Academy graduates have been recognized as an AP Scholar by the College Board
    • The four-year SAT average for the Classes of 2007-2010 is at an all-time high: at 1945 on the 2400 scale. This score is 436 points above the national SAT average!
    • Facilities
    • 720 students in Grades PK through 12 with all grades on a single 16-acre campus
    • Located approximately 12 miles northwest of Pittsburgh
    • 60 classrooms, four computer labs, nine science labs, two greenhouses, a media center, two libraries with a total of 33,600 volumes, and two student publishing centers
    • Two gymnasiums, four athletic fields, a fully-equipped fitness center, and five tennis courts support our 12 varsity teams
    • Fine arts programs are supported by visual and performing art studios, music practice rooms, a black-box theater with seating for approximately 150, Rea Auditorium with 635 seats, and the Campbell Art Gallery
    • Programs
    • Mission and Core Values that center on the potential of every child
    • Emphasis on developing students' leadership and communication skills
    • A Community of Respect pledge and Honor Code that set a high standard of behavior
    • Bus transportation offered to many areas in the region
    • 1.6 million dollars in financial aid to assist families who qualify; approximately 18% of students receive financial aid
    • Home to Summerbridge Pittsburgh, the national award-winning program with core values of high expectations, academic success, and personal mastery for students with limited opportunities
    • Students
    • A highly diverse student body from 41 school districts in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia
    • Approximately 22% of the student body is Asian and East Indian, Latin, or African American.

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School (3.3 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Noah''s Ark Preschool/kindergarten (0.4 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Noah''s Ark Preschool/kindergarten (0.4 miles away)
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  • Sewickley Noah''s Ark Preschool/kindergarten
    Early Childhood / Day Cares
    405 Frederick Ave
    Sewickley , PA , 15143
    Early Childhood / Day Cares
    0.4  mi  |  10  students  |  Gr.  PK-KG
  • Sewickley
    St James Elementary School
    (Roman Catholic)
    201 Broad St
    Sewickley , PA , 15143
    (Roman Catholic)
    0.5  mi  |  224  students  |  Gr.  PK-8
  • Sewickley
    Montessori Children's Community
    Montessori School
    474 Chadwick Street
    Sewickley , PA , 15143
    Montessori School
    0.6  mi  |  128  students  |  Gr.  PK-9
  • Moon Township Carol Leone Childcare & Development Center
    Early Childhood / Day Cares
    551 Thorn Run Rd
    Moon Township , PA , 15108
    Early Childhood / Day Cares
    1.6  mi  |  12  students  |  Gr.  PK-KG
  • Sewickley The Education Center At The Watson Institute
    Special Education School
    301 Campmeeting Rd
    Sewickley , PA , 15143
    Special Education School
    2.3  mi  |  20  students  |  Gr.  PK-KG

School Reviews

  • Recommended May 21, 2012 - We have been so pleased with our choice to educate our children at Sewickley Academy. We are seeing our children thrive, excel, and grow academically, socially, and through their involvement in sports, music, and art. They are truly fortunate to be at a school where they are encouraged, supported, praised, not only from the incredible faculty, but among their classmates! The camaraderie, support, and friendships are invaluable. Sewickley Academy is giving my children the confidence and the tools to bring out the best in themselves. - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended May 21, 2012 - Sewickley Academy has exceeded my family''s expectations of what a Private school is about and what it can do for our children. Not only is the academic program exceptional, the Teachers are all dedicated, creative and talented in their classroom. Teamwork seems to be the theme between parents, children and teachers. A great environment for academic and social growth. - Posted by Parent

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