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111 9th St
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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(412) 338-6100
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July 26, 2015
I am very disappointed at how things are run at pittsburgh Capa. The good kids get punished constantly, and the bad kids are given free passes that let them do whatever they please. There are no programs that exist to reward high honor or honor students, even after I perosnally asked my vice principal that we should have programs or rewards and she said that I should look them up and that she doesn't expect me to think that she'd do it for her. Literary arts is my major, and it's a disaster. Administrators have no control what so ever, and staff is okay at best in the writing program. We would read a play and then be expected to write a play the next week without actually learning how to! Same with every other genre we have encountered, except journalism. Fiction class? Yup. You're expected to know how to write a story with minimal tools provided. Some of the teachers at Capa are truly the best in the district though. Many of them truly care about the well being of their students, however, only certain students. You will either love this school top to bottom, or hate it. There is no in between. The literary arts department is very strict and let students have limited freedoms, and now they can't even use the bathroom on the second floor! It's truly rediculous. Pittsburgh capa is also a very hardcore liberal school. If your child is even the slightest bit conservative, DO NOT SEND THEM HERE. They will hate the school, and the administrators and teachers will always blame you for the problems. Social problems are talked about in class almost 24/7. There are constantly posters hanging around expressing liberal views, when there really shouldn't be any political views expressed in a PUBLIC SCHOOL. Although there is high parental involvement and vey high test scores, if your child is smart and willing to learn, they would probably be better off at a normal high school just taking advanced classes. I have heard Capa was once the best school in the district, but I would disagree with that statement now.

- submitted by a student

September 28, 2014
Years ago this was a great school under excellent leadership. Disciplinary issues were almost non-existent. Students were treated as if they were in college. Great expectations made for great students. A new young lady came in as principal and the middle school location moved and was incorporated into the high school downtown. These two factors really had a detrimental impact and the school is riding on a reputation from years ago - it's not what parents and the public think it is... I was amazed at the power & control issues of the Head of the Literature Arts program. She was ridiculous in punishing the whole class and cutting restroom breaks over minor infractions she believed occurred. There was a lot of writing, but the students are not taught the basics of grammar and good sentence structure. I believe in creativity, but no matter how creative, the writing needs to be grammatically correct with proper punctuation (unless your going to work in the media in which case I don't think it matters).

- submitted by a parent

August 10, 2014
The school, staff and administration is wonderful! My daughter is in the writing program and it really exposes them to all of the different forms of the art. Our only complaint (my daughters and many of her friends), is that once you pick a major, you do not have access to any of the other arts. She would love to also take an art or music class to really expand her knowledge and love of the arts. If this could be done, then it would truly be the best school in Western PA.

- submitted by a parent

November 17, 2011
I am in sixth grade here and I feel that its the best school you can get. I mean how many middle schools and high schools do you get that have dancing programs or that have you go to the benudum theatre every other week?? not very many thats how much. also, i love that not anyone can just come in, although people can leave. i mean you have to try out. im just madly in love with this school and if i were you i wouldnt think twice about sending your child there. and if anyone thinks different then they should come check it out then tell me how they feel. lol. But seriously come visit us. we are friendly too

- submitted by a community member

June 06, 2011
i go to capa it's a wonderful place i highly recommend it if you want to take learning to a creative level

- submitted by a community member

May 10, 2011
All of my friends go to CAPA and they don't ever stop talking about the enjoyable and happy exciting days they have there. Most people that no about CAPA know that for example if you go there for writing you just study writing you don't have dance classes or art. But having a school set up like this is a very easy and susscesful way on running a school. This way is so much better because then you manily study one major thing and that will help you concentrate on progressing in what ever you do. CAPA is also a very fun place where you can hang out with your friends at times like at lunch, pluse there's plenty of breathing room so you are not all crouded. In my opinion CAPA is a great school and if I had the chance to go there I would go but I can't so I look forward to hearing about more happy interesting storys about CAPA. (and I know I will because like I said befor my friends don't stop bragging about how amazing the schoool is.)

- submitted by a community member

April 06, 2011
In one of the reviews a woman is complaining about the education her daughter received in the writing program. I don't get what she's on about. CAPA has phenomenal reading and writing score, and I know from personal experience that the writing program is exceptional. Maybe she has a complex, or maybe she just didn't like what her daughter was writing, but if she sent her daughter to CAPA she sent her daughter to one of the only schools in the district where Pittsburgh children can get an exceptional education.

- submitted by a community member

January 31, 2011
I find some of the leadership lacking but compared to the other schools in the district this school was the best choice for my child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 16, 2009
The best of the best...the staff, the students, the curriculum

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 09, 2009
My daughter left a private school in sixth grade to attend Rogers CAPA (the middle school) and then CAPA high school. She entered working above grade level. She was in the creative writing program and by tenth grade could not write a coherent sentence. As with most Pittsburgh schools the staff is a mixed bag. A few very dedicated teachers surrounded by bitter incompetent hacks. We had our daughter heavily tutored and put her in a private school for intensive work in her junior and senior years. She will enter a very good college this fall. We feel we dodged a bullet. This is a shame since I am a teacher and my husband is a Ph.D. we both believe in public education but we would never sacrifice another child to the disaster that is the Pittsburgh Public schools.

- submitted by a parent

January 15, 2009
I am an alumni of CAPA and have to say it was one of the best experiences I could ever have had. Hoping that my kids will one day attend.

- submitted by a student

January 07, 2007
Absolutely no complaints. The arts program is fantastic and the academic teachers are extremely supportive.

- submitted by a student

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Pittsburgh CAPA
111 9th St, Pittsburgh, PA  15222
(412) 338-6100
Last modified Pittsburgh CAPA is a Public school that serves grades 6-12
Pittsburgh CAPA Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top