Exceptional in Every Way, this is Vincentian Academy!

Dec14 NC web banner-1Vincentian Academy is a world-class, highly vibrant, Catholic secondary school and is located conveniently in the heart of the North Hills.  Now in its 83rd year, Vincentian Academy provides the best possible education to young women and men who graduate prepared to conquer the challenges of today’s modern world.  The Academy is proud of their strong academic reputation and their superior athletic prowess on the field and court.  The Academy believes that lessons learned in the classroom, as well as healthy athletic competition, are equally important components in developing our future leaders.

These leaders of tomorrow – living right here in our region – excel at Vincentian Academy and thrive in a faith-filled environment that encourages achievement and recognizes the unique talents of each student.  The Academy is minutes from many suburban neighborhoods, downtown Pittsburgh, Route 8 and Cranberry, and attracts students from over 20 school districts, many of which provide busing to the Academy.  For those who live beyond these regional boundaries, the Academy provides assistance with the cost of transportation.

Students are highly motivated, young women and men who are willing to put great effort in achieving at the highest levels.  “Vincentian Academy students embrace the challenge of obtaining good grades, while encouraging their peers to do the same,” said Mr. Ed Bernot, Vincentian Academy’s Principal.  “With the 20 years plus experience in education, I have never witnessed such a unique environment as we have here at Vincentian Academy, where students empower students.” added Bernot.

Student empowerment is at the core of Vincentian Academy’s success.  Students are empowered to achieve, to thrive, to assist, to facilitate, to advocate, to transform, to volunteer and to make a difference.  As part of the curriculum, students serve their community through service hours, supporting the Academy’s mission of service to others. The Academy offers a service learning program in which students volunteer in school, churches, hospitals, long-term nursing care facilities and food banks, often taking on leadership positions in outreach projects. Vincentian Academy continues daily the tradition of excellence in Catholic education set in motion by the Vincentian Sisters of Charity and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, rooted in the spirit and charism of Saints Vincent de Paul and Louise de Marillac, who took as their motto: “The charity of Christ urges us.”

This spirit is evident every day in the hallways of Vincentian Academy, where friendship and respect are ever-present. In a positive, enriching environment, the principle core of empowering students for success is unmistakable.

Academic excellence has always been an important part of Vincentian Academy’s history, as evidenced by the fact that since 2003, 100% of graduates have been accepted and enrolled at prestigious colleges and universities across the country.  The Class of 2014 was offered over $8 million in scholarship awards, and accepted over $2 million in scholarship awards.  Vincentian Academy also consistently ranks at the top of the nation and state for SAT and ACT scores.  This past fall, four members of the Class of 2014 enrolled at the University of Notre Dame; other schools selected by this class were Brown University, Virginia Tech, William & Mary, Villanova, Penn State’s Schreyer Honors College, John Carroll, University of Pittsburgh, Johns Hopkins, and Davidson College, to name a few.

Vincentian Academy offers a competitive college curriculum, and also is proud to offer an International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, the only one of its kind at a regional Catholic high school.  Academic excellence permeates throughout the entire student body as they have an incredible 82% pass-rate on the rigorous IB examinations.

Technological advancements continue to lead Vincentian Academy into the 21st century. With the addition of Google® Chromebooks®, students have the capability to go beyond the boundaries of their text book and discover opportunities for further learning. Students and teachers communicate instantly with the sharing of Google documents, giving students instant feedback on their academic work. Vincentian Academy is also a completely Wi-Fi accessible building, offering additional capacity for education technology.  Vincentian Academy’s technological advancements are evident in completely renovated state-of-the-art Chemistry Lab.  The new lab supports contemporary science instruction, providing students access to the latest digital technologies, cutting-edge experiment equipment, current computer simulations and enhanced safety features.

As impressive as all of the distinctive characteristics are that sets Vincentian Academy apart in the classrooms and on the scoreboards, the true mark of the Academy is the development of strong, disciplined, young women and men who are ready to take on the world at the next level, whether that be on a college athletic field or in a university classroom.  Vincentian Academy sets the stage for great success, empowering students to be the future leaders of our world, and it’s all right here in the heart of the North Hills!


Vincentian Academy OPEN HOUSE – JANUARY 14, 2015            7 – 9:00 p.m.
Vincentian Academy ENTRANCE EXAM – JANUARY 19, 2015     10:00 a.m.
Vincentian Academy SHADOW DAY – FEBRUARY 6, 2015          8:30 a.m.