Back-to-School 2017

From abacuses and slates to iPads and SMART Boards, education has come a long way. With the report of driverless cars and robots that can do just about any task on the horizon, it’s apparent that we are living in an age of advanced technology. Indeed, the future promises even more innovations that will continue to revolutionize our lives. Today’s students need to be comfortable and adept at using technology, and the schools in our area have made it their mission to educate students to be ready for the world of tomorrow. Lest we create a “Brave New World,” educators also know that there needs to be a balance between technology and humanity. Fortunately, the schools in this Education Guide know that there is more to education than being proficient on a computer, they know that values, arts, athletics and social skills make for a well-rounded, well-education student.  

Butler Catholic School
(724) 285-4276

Butler Catholic School believes when class sizes are small, minds have room to expand. We’re firmly committed to effective student-teacher ratios that encourage positive, nurturing connections. Core reading and math classes are limited to 15 students, with many classes numbering well below that maximum. These smaller class sizes allow for individualized attention from teachers. And that is what truly sets us apart from other educational environments. Teachers at Butler Catholic tailor the curriculum to your students’ needs, helping your child develop their God-given gifts and talents. Butler Catholic educators ignite a love of learning through unique and engaging programs. Our new STREAM cross-curricular program is just one example. It challenges middle school students to explore literary works through the lens of science, technology, religion and mathematics. It’s no surprise that Butler Catholic is one of the many Catholic elementary schools increasing enrollment at a rapid pace. If you are seeking a growing school committed to the success of your child, in an authentic Catholic Christian environment, with many extracurricular opportunities, look no further. Busing is available from seven school districts including: Butler, South Butler, Karns City, Mars, Moniteau, Seneca Valley and Slippery Rock.

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School
(412) 321-4823

In 1939, the Diocese of Pittsburgh founded North Catholic High School on the summit of Troy Hill. The Society of Mary was invited by the diocese to administer the school and help it grow. Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School is founded in the rich educational tradition of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh and the Marianist charism. We welcome students from various communities and faith experiences. Our mission is the formation of Christ-centered young adults who are leaders in their communities, known by their intellectual, practical, ethical and human skills. CWNCHS provides academic excellence in the context of Gospel values and sends graduates out in to the world with a global vision recognizing the dignity of every human life, the need to pursue justice and the service of others. At CWNCHS, students are not only immersed in an environment that emphasizes Christian values, but one that is also academically challenging, allowing them to explore their ideas with sure guidance and support.

Holy Sepulcher Catholic School
(724) 586-5022


Nestled in pastoral Butler County, Holy Sepulcher Catholic School is a hidden gem where our faith is carefully cultivated and practiced. From modest beginnings in 1960, Holy Sepulcher Catholic School has offered parents an affordable, high-quality, faith-filled education in grades pre-school through 8th. Holy Sepulcher graduates have gone on to do exceedingly well at the area’s top Catholic high schools as well as the larger public schools. Our teachers are diocesan- and state-certified and form the foundation for our superior curriculum. In the last four years, two of our faculty members have received the Golden Apple awards from the diocese, which recognize outstanding excellence in teaching. Each student receives individual attention in a small classroom setting. A distinguishing factor of Holy Sepulcher is its family atmosphere. Parents are involved and committed to the success of the students and the school. We offer Spanish, art and physical education K-8. All classrooms use Smartboards, and technology is integrated throughout the curriculum and in all classrooms through iPads and Chromebooks. Each year, our 7th- and 8th-grade students have the opportunity to participate in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science. There are extracurricular activities and sports that help round out our education. With more than 10 clubs, there is a wide variety of extracurricular activities. This year, with a competitive grant, we were able to add the Junior Audubon Society Club, where the students work with the local Succop Conservatory to create native gardens and to install bird-feeding stations on school grounds. We offer basketball, volleyball and soccer for athletic-minded students, and several of our students participate in the diocesan Ironman Football team.

Kiddie Academy
Cranberry-(724) 452-9898
Wexford-(724) 935-9898

An educational daycare center that will exceed your expectations. Visit our Cranberry Township and Wexford, PA Academy, meet our staff, see our classrooms and play on our playgrounds. We provide educational daycare in the greater Cranberry Township, PA area that focuses on days filled with learning and fun, the key ingredients of our Life Essentials® educational philosophy. The smiles you’ll see on our children’s faces as they learn, share family style meals with other children and grow socially will delight you. The words from our children’s parents about our program, safety and facility will impress you. We realize the tremendous level of trust you place in a childcare provider. You want your child to thrive in an environment that’s as clean, safe and nurturing as your home. Kiddie Academy is more than daycare. We set the standards for safety, education and trust. Just ask the Kiddie Academy parents of Cranberry Township, PA — they are our best references.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

(412) 264-5140

Opportunities for advanced study abound at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School. In response to the fact that rigorous AP coursework gives students an edge in terms of college readiness and success, this year the school will launch the OLSH AP Advantage Program, which features collaborations with the University of Notre Dame, as well as Johns Hopkins University.

OLSH is the only school outside the state of Indiana to be part of Notre Dame’s AP Teacher Investment Program (AP-TIP). In July, a group of OLSH teachers attended the university’s AP Summer Institute, where they gained cutting-edge knowledge, as well as resources and creative ideas for their respective AP courses. They will attend other seminars throughout the school year as well and will have ongoing access to curricula, practice tests, counsel and other support. Another component of the AP Advantage Program allows academically eligible OLSH students to take online AP courses offered by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth. Made possible via a generous grant, the OLSH AP Advantage Program also includes performance-based subsidies for faculty members and students, as well as financial support for test fees and online AP course tuition.  Learn more at

Penn Christian Academy
(724) 586-5200

Penn Christian academy (PCA) understands the critical need our society has for young leadership. That’s why sixth-grade students participate in a weekly class that examines 13 leadership concepts rooted in the Bible. Each year, these students attend a Middle School Leadership Conference where they are challenged to commit this season of their lives to a much greater purpose than just enduring the pre-high school transition years. They are challenged to identify a community need and formulate an action plan. This year, PCA students came together and tackled the need for a new roof for their school. Awash in a leadership mindset and empowered to act, the class proposed an aggressive fundraising campaign. The student leaders developed a fundraising event, a Chili/Soup Cookoff that garnered $4,000 in one evening. The momentum of the event continued beyond expectations, and the dollars kept rolling in. Just weeks before their graduation, it was announced that the goal of $100,000 had been met. If faith without works is dead, surely leadership training without opportunity to serve is frivolous. Penn Christian Academy graduates young leaders. . . trained, tested, true.

Providence Heights Alpha School
(412) 366-4455

The Providence Heights Alpha School is a private, independent, Catholic School founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence over 90 years ago. The school educates children of all faiths in grades Pre-K to 8th on a 40-acre campus in the North Hills. The curriculum is rigorous and includes Math, Science, Computer Technology, Swimming, Gym, Spanish, Art, Music, STEM innovations, Library, Social Studies, Handwriting, LA and Religion. Students experience an individualized curriculum which uses a variety of methods made possible by small class sizes. A balance of traditional and hands-on techniques is utilized to invite children into a joyful celebration of learning, which leaves them prepared for any high school in the area. The school encourages students to participate in a variety of afterschool enrichment activities, including athletics, forensics, PJAS, musicals, cooking, math, chess, Lego storytelling and artistic endeavors. Leadership and service are weaved into the school day allowing everyone the opportunity to discover their particular style of excellence, and a consistent application of skills such as notetaking, research, presentation, outlining and debate result in a strong foundation. The students and families of the Alpha School develop close bonds of support, friendship and family to ensure the care, success and nurturing of the whole child.

The 21st Century Cyber School
(484) 875-5400

21CCCS is Pennsylvania’s highest performing cyber charter school. 21CCCS offers students a flexible schedule and the ability to learn at their own pace. 21CCCS welcomes any 6th -12th grade student who is a resident of Pennsylvania. Here are three key factors to think about when considering 21st Century Cyber School:


Consider the Curriculum

We strive to meet your child’s unique learning style and pace. Our Pennsylvania certified teachers create strong curriculum to best fit the needs of the child based upon PA standards. Teachers run live classes and engage with students every day to assist them. Each student has an Academic Advisor who works closely with students and parents to help students succeed.


A Sense of Community

We believe socialization is important for students, and we work to provide many opportunities for peer interaction. 21CCCS has clubs that range from adventure and astrology to photography and music and journalism. Whatever your child’s interest, he or she can find a club to meet other students who share their passion. We also organize different field trips and community outreach events through the year that your child is sure to love!


Consider Support

We work hard to offer the support our students need. Our teachers, Academic Advisors and tech department support students and parents and work to resolve any potential issues students and parents may encounter. We look forward to getting to know your child and providing them with an exceptional education that will propel them to future successes.