Providence Heights Alpha School

  • A Private, Independent, Catholic, PreK-8 school, welcoming children of all faiths, located on a 40 acre campus in the North Hills. Rigorous academics combine the traditional and innovative. Excellent high school preparation in all disciplines, especially science and math with classes in computer technology and the arts. Over 90 years of success and a long history of excellence with students consistently achieving academic scholarships in high school.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded1926

Student Body

Total Studentsn/a
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers18 teachers
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size15 students
Classroom Dress CodeFormal

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$8,700
Tuition NotesPrek $7250. Discounts available for La Roche college employees and employees of Sisters of Divine Providence
Admissions DirectorHeather Parker


Total Sports Offered5 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
SoccerTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.24 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Altar Services, Book Clubs, Brownies, Ecoexplorers, Forensics, Katie's Clay Studio, Martial Arts, Math Club, PA Junior Academy of Science, Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair, Robotics Club, School Band, Service Club, STEM Club, Student Council, Tennis Lessons

Arts and Music Programs:
Guitar Lessons, Musical Theatre, Piano

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Creativity Though Cooking, Cross Country, Fall/Spring Soccer, Girls Volleyball, Girls/Boys Basketball

School Notes

  • Rigorous academic program with hands on, experiential approach developing the whole child. Traditional and innovative approach and techniques with 15:1 ratio. Specials include spanish, STEM lab, Computer Tech, library, art, music, swim, most even at the Pre-K level. Focus on writing, math, science with 8th grade engaging in Chemistry and Physics. Extensive after school programs, several competitve sports options. We even have a private chapel for weekly mass where all faiths are welcome. 

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  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
my granddaughter switched to Alpha when her family had to make a difficult relocation. She loved her old school but Alpha has welcomed her and she has had a wonderful experience there. So much so that her younger sister will join her next year. She is learning a lot both academically and socially, plays sports, and has made friends. it is a tight and caring community of students, teachers, and parents.
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We have been at Alpha for 9 years with two children. Both very intelligent and driven but with their own style. The school focuses on a whole child approach which individualized the academics and the method for each of them so they both developed. My son is very shy and my daughter very outgoing. They have both been challenged, nurtured, and guided towards outstanding outcome. Kids are taught skills such as note-taking, organization, public speaking, leadership, outlining, research, graphing calculators, etc. They are truly set up to have a high level of success in any high school. When it was time for high school searching, it really felt like the high schools are trying to impress my son to select them.
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We have been Alpha parents for 7 years and have been delighted with the school. Academically, it is first-rate. Our children are taught how to think creatively, reason, and solve problems, not just how to take tests. The curriculum is challenging and varied, with programs in Chinese, Spanish, Robotics, swim, and more. STEM from Kindergarten (including, e.g., a dedicated K-3 science teacher with lab). Small class sizes and wonderful faculty create a nurturing and caring environment, within individual attention. The school celebrates its Catholicism while also welcoming those of all faiths and embracing a diversity of ideas. Our children love going to school.
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