Winchester Thurston School

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, WT is a Pre-K - 12 private school in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh where students achieve at the highest levels.
Check out AP results, college placement, City As Our Campus, and much more.

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School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-12
Year Founded1887
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

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

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers20 teachers
Average Class Size14 students
Number of AP Courses17 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(khaki or blue pants/skirt or jumper, white or blue shirt (PK-8); in grades 9-12, we have a dress code, not a uniform.)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesTuition ranges from $15,900 - 32,000
Admissions DirectorBrooks Follansbee


Total Sports Offered5 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Lacrosse, SoccerBasketballCross Country,

School Notes

  • Winchester Thurston is celebrating national recognition as one of only 4 schools to receive a 2009 Edward E. Ford Foundation Leadership Grant in recognition and for expansion of City as Our Campus.
  • In 2007, Winchester Thurston School was one of only 3 schools nationally 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 only school in Pennsylvania to have been named a Malone Scholars School and to have received the E.E. Ford Leadership Grant.
  • Students are accepted to the most well regarded colleges across the nation year after year.
  • Some of the colleges attended by recent WT alums:
  • American University
  • Brown University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • University of Chicago
  • Colgate University
  • The George Washington University
  • Harvard University
  • Haverford College
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • MIT
  • University of Michigan
  • New York University
  • Oberlin College
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Princeton University
  • Smith College
  • Stanford University
  • Swarthmore College
  • Tufts University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vassar College
  • Yale University

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The average private school tuition in Pittsburgh, PA is $9,713 for elementary schools and $15,463 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Pittsburgh, PA is 93% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).