Winchester Thurston School

555 Morewood Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA, 15213
     Tel: (412)578-7518
Grades: PK - 12 | 551 students
Winchester Thurston School leads the way in educational innovation, rigorous academics, scholarly standards, and a learning environment that better prepares students for the challenges of a changing world.
Nationally recognized for work with gifted and talented students, distinctive campuses, and innovative programs, Winchester Thurston is a school in which students achieve at the highest levels.

School Overview

School Type School with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten - 12
Year Founded 1887

Student Body

Total Students 551 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 29%
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade Winchester Thurston School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 84 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
National avg.: 13:1

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Admissions Director Brooks Follansbee
Admissions Associate Sandy Joyce

School Notes:

  • WT was one of only four schools nationwide to receive the Edward E. Ford Foundation Leadership Grant in 2009.
  • In 2007, WT was one of only three schools nationwide to receive a $2 million grant and be named a Malone Scholars School in recognition of our work with gifted and talented students.
  • WT is the first of only two schools to have received both accolades. 
  • Four of the 54 students in the Class of 2013 have been named National Merit Semifinalists; 23% of the Class of 2012 was recognized by the College Board as National Merit Semifinalists, Commended students, and National Achievement Scholars for their performance on PSAT/NMSQT. Nationally, only 3% of students are recongized Semifinalists. 
  • Students are accepted to the most well regarded colleges across the nation year after year... 93% of the CLass of 2012 is attending "Very," "Highly," or "Most Competitive" schools. Students in the Class of 2012 were offered more than $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants.
  • 62% of Upper School students who took AP exams in spring 2012 earned  a 4 or 5; 85% scored a 3 or higher. Nationally, 57% of high school students scored 3 or higher on an AP exam.
  • 52% of all WT students who took AP exams in 2012 have been named AP Scholars. Nationally, 2.1% of high school students were named AP Scholars in 2011.
  • In 2013, WT's Hometown High Q team won the championship for the third year in the row, beating independent schools and public high schools in the Pittsburgh area.
  • The Middle School MathCounts team won the Pennsylvania state championship in 2010.
  • In 2009-2010, Middle School was one of only two PA schools named to Distinguised Schools Honor Roll for performance in the American Mathematics Competition.
  • Students in Lower and Middle School have performed consistently above median on the ERB standardized tests compared with national Independent School norms.

Profile last updated: 11/14/2013

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Central Catholic High School (0.4 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is University Child Development Center (0.3 miles away)
The nearest preschool is University Child Development Center (0.3 miles away)
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    0.3 mi | 15 students | Gr. NS-K                      
  • PittsburghCarnegie Mellon Cyert Center For Early Education
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  • PittsburghCentral Catholic High School
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    4720 5th Ave
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  • PittsburghOakland Catholic High School
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    144 North Craig Street
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    0.4 mi | 579 students | Gr. 9-12                      
  • PittsburghChildrens School At Carnegie Mellon
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