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Aquinas Academy

Private | PK-12 | 250 students

 

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Posted December 29, 2013

This is our first year at Aquinas and we love it. Its a very positive learning environment, academically challenging, and focused on solid community and character as well as preparation for further scholarship.
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Posted March 10, 2010

I have 3 children at AA and one that already graduated. The curriculum is superior as is the Catholic formation. Having moved many times and experienced several Catholic schools I can state unequivocally that this school is excellent. The teachers are very well educated and choose to teach at AA because they support the schools mission. Parents and faculty work together to prepare our students to become strong Catholic leaders in the future.
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Posted August 17, 2009

This school really teaches the students the benefits of hard work. The elementary math, for example, is generally taught about 2 grades ahead (3rd graders learn 5th grade math). There is an emphasis on respect for each other and each student is taught that they are responsible for themselves, their work and their actions. The school grounds/facilities are in need of some upgrades, but the teachers, administration and curriculum are all top notch. There are extracurricular activities such as soccer, basketball, ski club, drama, etc. that can be enjoyed by students across all grades. Graduates have been leading the area in SAT scores (#1 each year for the past several years) and have been accepted into many of the finest colleges and universities. Tuition is also reasonable and capped so that larger families can still afford to send all of their children. Overall -- great academics combined with great personal development.
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Posted January 3, 2008

The teachers have the educational background and skills of the teachers in some of the top private schools around. Children learn in a caring, moral, and safe environment. It is fast paced and challenging academically. Children are given the encouragment needed to achieve.
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Posted March 27, 2007

Aquinas Academy delivers an excellent education by combining faith and reason. SAT scores are among the highest in the state. Extracurricular activities are very good, including arts and athletics, if somewhat limited due to the school's small (but growing) size. We also liked the fact that it is a Pre-K through 12th grade school, allowing us to keep our children together through the school years.
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Posted September 13, 2004

Aquinas Academy is unsurpassed for teaching the basics. Latin is required for all students, and Mass is provided daily. We have searched quite a lot and have yet to find a better school.
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Posted August 10, 2003

Our son only attended Aquinas Academy for one year but it was a year filled with superior academic and spiritual formation that provided a solid foundation for his future. We were transferred to England and now Michigan, we have yet to find a school of the caliber of Aquinas Academy.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 90% 74%
Asian 7% N/A
Hispanic 2% 7%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 3%
Black 0% 16%
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Catholic High School Honor Roll (2005)
  • Catholic High School Honor Roll (2006)
  • Highest SAT scores Allegheny County (2006)

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  • Computer lab

Arts & music

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  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00
School end time
  • 3:10
School Leader's name
  • Leslie Mitros
Gender
  • Coed
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Fax number
  • (724) 444-0750

Programs

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
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  • Religious
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Library
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  • Diocese of Pittsburgh
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Soccer
  • Tennis

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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  • Uniforms
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2308 West Hardies Road
Gibsonia, PA 15044
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Phone: (724) 444-0722

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