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

Sports

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,
SoccerSoftball,
SwimmingTennis,
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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  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • SewickleyNoah''s Ark Preschool/kindergarten
    Daycare / Preschool
    405 Frederick Ave
    SewickleyPA15143
    (412)741-5231
    Daycare / Preschool
    0.4 mi | 10 students | Gr. PK-KG                      
  • SewickleySt James Elementary School
      (Roman Catholic)
    201 Broad St
    SewickleyPA15143
    (412)741-5540
      (Roman Catholic)
    0.5 mi | 224 students | Gr. PK-8                      
  • SewickleyMontessori Children's Community
    Montessori School
    474 Chadwick Street
    SewickleyPA15143
    (412)741-8982
    Montessori School
    0.6 mi | 128 students | Gr. PK-9                      
  • Moon TownshipCarol Leone Childcare & Development Center
    Daycare / Preschool
    551 Thorn Run Rd
    Moon TownshipPA15108
    (412)262-1638
    Daycare / Preschool
    1.6 mi | 12 students | Gr. PK-KG                      
  • SewickleyThe Education Center At The Watson Institute
    Special Education School
    301 Campmeeting Rd
    SewickleyPA15143
    (412)741-1800
    Special Education School
    2.3 mi | 20 students | Gr. PK-KG                      

School Reviews

Recommended
1 day ago
I have 4 children at Sewickley Academy and could not be happier. The lower school is nurturing while introducing the children to an academic environment. The middle school is a great transition, teaching students to think for themselves and the high school has been an amazing preparation for college. In addition, the college counselors were fantastic and helped my daughter find a school that was a perfect fit for her.
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Recommended
1 week ago
We chose Sewickley Academy for our children when we moved to the area 5+ years ago and couldn''t be more pleased! The teachers are fabulous, the academics rigorous but doable, the college guidance second to none and for a small school SA offers a tremendous amount of athletic, arts and extracurricular opportunities. Three of my favorite things about the school are 1) you don''t have to choose a focus (academics, athletics, arts etc.) as you can truly experience it all, 2) the culture of kindness and support among the students (there is no class ranking or cut-throat competition), and 3) the one campus for pre-K - 12 which allows all levels to interact with each other. Would highly recommend you take a look for your children as it is a very worthwhile investment!
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Recommended
1 week ago
1. Great education programs with strong curriculum 2. Prepares them well for college 3. They develop a strong work ethic that is helpful in college 4. Students are more confident in their approach 5. There is diversity in school that helps strengthen the appreciation of other cultures and traditions 6. Teachers and staff are very receptive 7. Great communication between teachers and parents
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Recommended
1 week ago
Sewickley Academy is a great match for any student, providing an academically challenging environment and exceptional teachers who are dedicated to teaching and knowledgeable in their subjects.
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Recommended
2 weeks ago
Choosing Sewickley Academy as our children''s high school was a great decision. Along with the college prep classes and college scheduling (block schedules), SA provides the perfect atmosphere for the student, no matter what their interests. Whether it is the arts, music, sports or a combination, there is a place for that student. I love that through extra curricular clubs, students are taught philanthropy. We are a sports family and the teams are highly ranked. Yet, there is a no cut policy, so everyone is included! We also love the college guidance program.
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Recommended
2 weeks ago
My son started at Sewickley Academy in 2008 for his 2nd grade year. He is now in 8th grade and we are so happy that we chose the Academy. The education is top notch, the teachers truly care about the students, and the bond the kids have with each other is amazing. When I have questions, the administrators are always willing and able to speak with me. If you are looking for a school that offers a great education combined with individual attention for each student, Sewickley Academy is a perfect choice.
- Posted by Parent
Recommended
2 weeks ago
As the years roll by for my children, I am continually impressed by what my children are experiencing at Sewickley Academy. Their love of learning, their respect of each others diversity, and their motivation to "do better" is fantastic to watch. The school has given them a sense of who they are at a very young age. We have loved our time at SA. I know that when my children leave the school, that they will be prepared for all that college has in store for them. Thanks to a SA education, I am so looking forward to their future. It is surely bright!
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Recommended
2 weeks ago
Sixth year for my two sons - simply the best investment I''ve ever made. Nurturing and diverse environment, rigorous but supportive classroom culture, my sons have blossomed at this school. No, it isn''t cheap, but in this case you get what you pay for and more. The consistent theme I''ve heard from parents whose children have graduated from SA is that the payback comes when you see your children thrive in college and beyond. For my family, we see the paback in our son''s growth today. Check out the school and you''ll beglad that you did so.
- Posted by Parent
Recommended
1 year ago
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
1 year ago
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.
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