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Providence Heights Alpha School

Private | K-8 | 199 students

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Posted May 15, 2014

We have been delighted with our experience at Providence Heights Alpha School over the past 7 years. The school offers a rigorous and innovative curriculum. Small class sizes (12-15) mean that all students are active participants in their learning environment. The faculty truly care for each child. Spanish, Chinese, robotics, swimming, dedicated science teachers (even in Kindergarten!), an incredible arts program, musicals, athletics for all abilities. Mass celebreated every Friday in the beautiful chapel, children of all faiths are welcomed. Current leadership is strong and respected.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2014

The decision to send our daughter to Alpha was one of the best decisions we have ever made. She loves the school and so do we. Not only is the education excellent but the care our children receive as a result of the small class sizes and the dedicated teachers and staff is more than one could ask for. I see my daughter growing not only academically but also as a caring and responsible individual. The teachings do not stop in the classroom as they offer a variety of after school and extra curricular activities that complete the learning experience for the children. Soon our second daughter will be attending and we can't wait to see her become part of the wonderful Alpha family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2014

I can honestly say that Providence Heights Alpha School was the best investment we made in our daughter's education. The excellent academic environment, along with the safe and beautiful campus, began a foundation for academic success. She went on to graduate with highest honors from Oakland Catholic High School and received a full academic scholarship in chemistry from Duquesne University. She credits Alpha School with instilling in her that love of science. You cannot go wrong with an Alpha Education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2014

I have watched my children thrive in the environment that Alpha fosters. Set in a beautiful, historic building, Alpha has exceeded all my expectations with dedicated teachers and accelerated academics. While so many schools are abandoning arts and enrichment programs, Alpha has embraced them. Not only in the school day, but a great line up of after school programs. My kids have enjoyed chess, robotics, math club, forensics and play multiple sports. The spring musical has also been a great experience for my kids to be involved in. Alpha is so much more than just a school, it is a loving and caring community of great kids, parents and teachers. Our experience at Alpha has been nothing short of amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2013

The building is chock full of asbestos . That's bad ! Whats way more troubling is ,when workman actually drill or break thru walls,floors and ceiling. Zero safety precautions are in place. Staff children and anyone else in the building are exposed . Very good anti-bulling program . Most teachers go above and beyond the call of duty very inspired to teach.


Posted June 26, 2012

Providence Heights Alpha is a non-denominational K-8 private school owned by the Sister of Divine Providence. The schools strengths are small class size (<20) and creating a culture of high standards for the children - both inside and outside the classroom. Curriculum strengths are language arts, science, and math. The teachers truly care about the children and their education. It is a structured environment that provides the children with a platform to learn and grow in a respectful and nurturing environment. A new principal will take over for the 2012/2013 school year and both the parents and faculty are looking forward to the new leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2010

If you are looking for a warm, caring, yet academic environment for your child, The Alpha school is the school for you. It is steeped in history-over 80 years and housed in the beautiful Motherhouse of the Sisters of Divine Providence. It is definitely "non-traditional" in that if you are looking for a school that is brand new, state of the art and slick--then Alpha is not for you. But if it is important for you to be able to drop of your child in the morning to the caring arms of a teacher who greets everyone with a smile, and a personal hello and handshake, then look in to Alpha. It is a small school--and it makes a huge difference. The admissions director and secretary treat your child like their own. I am so grateful for the teachers at Alpha who have encouraged and celebrated my daughter 's talents always.
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Posted July 26, 2009

Strong reputation -- the fine arts and music program is the best at the elementary level in the Pittsburgh area. Spanish is taught by a native. Teachers' unique talents make this school strong, but the administration is very weak. Still worth the money for children without special needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2008

Small class size. Numerous extra-curricular activities. Value based school with diversity. Uniforms. Rules to be followed. Children like learning in this enviroment. Written no bullying policy handed out within 2 weeks of starting school. Past students go on to higher eduation at various high schools and all succeed. We love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2008

This school offers a great selection of teachers. The classes are kept to a maximum of 15 students and there is normally 2-3 classes to a grade. They do where uniforms as I see as a plus so there is no comparing looks. It's great!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 87% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Hispanic 1% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 15%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
School psychologist
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Music teacher(s)
Math specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Swimming pool
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
Clubs
  • Forensics club
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:45 am
School end time
  • 2:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Margaret E. Ruefle, M.Ed., M.S.
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (412) 635-6317

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Project-based
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Mathematics
  • Religious
  • Science
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Diocese of Pittsburgh
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Boy scouts
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Cub scouts
  • Drama club
  • Forensics club
  • Girl scouts
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Alpha’s student body reflects the diversity of many countries and philosophies. In addition, we are preparing our students culturally and verbally to be effective agents of change in a growing global community. Alpha foresees our graduates as independent, creative citizens who have the ability to move within a national and international arena. Consistently high test scores and survey feedback measuring students' preparedness for advanced placement in high school.
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What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
40
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
40
Students typically come from these schools
Montessori Pre-schools
Heartprints
Goddard

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$7000 - $8000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Vincentian HS
Oakland Catholic
Central Catholic
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9000 Babcock Blvd
Allison Park, PA 15101
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Phone: (412) 366-4455

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