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Upper Saint Clair High School

Public | 9-12 | 1424 students

 
 

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Posted November 20, 2013

They claim to provide a wide variety of support, but in reality do very little. The district either does not understand or care that by not doing so they are violating the civil rights of many children. The staff is in desperate need of appropriate training and several central office employees should be forced to retire.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2013

If you have a gifted student, do NOT send them to baldwin/bethel/whatever. The experience there will not be the same. While the "regular" classes are absolutely comparable to what you'll find in Baldwin/Bethel, Upper St. Clair is distinguishable by the quality of their honors and AP classes. We had lots of them. And that's what gifted kids are gonna take. These gifted kids are getting amazing deals on colleges are consistently going to top tiers, so go to upper st clair. come one.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 7, 2012

I can't name one teacher that was not prone to favoritism. It was downright annoying every single day coming to school knowing I had to face my snobby classmates. It is NOT a friendly atmosphere whatsoever.. I am so glad I go to a different school now because it reassured me the fact that it wasn't me that was the problem, it was the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 7, 2012

I am a former student. I attended Upper St. Clair (USC) for grades 9 and 10. My father was then transferred to Canada. I would rate the school experience at USC as poor in comparison. Teacher quality poor, academic quality dismal. I found that there was a much greater focus on extra curricular activities over academic ones. While the school facilities were better than the Canadian ones, the teacher quality and involvement was far superior in Canada. I currently live in California. You can see why the American education system is so poor compared to other countries. The fact that a lousy school like USC can get such a high rating shows the problems with education in the USA. When it came to math, geography, history, English, writing etc. The Canadian school far out matched USC. I had to work much harder to succeed there, yet my experience was much more fulfilling. I found the teachers and the administration completely out of touch and in some case quite unprofessional. The classes too large, and disorganized. In the Canadian school you were expected to work more on your own but were offered more guidance and were expected to act more respectful.


Posted January 14, 2012

One parent writes "the school is very highly regarded nationally"; I would be curious to know where that information came from ~ the realtor? This district, or state has a "blue ribbon" award program in place, that basically requires administration to pull a couple of teachers from a school each year to fill out the paperwork, so that the school qualifies for an award. Realtors love it, helps them sell properties in the area. I once asked administration if they ever followed up their AP students to see how many had placed out of their college classes. They had not, and secondly, they also did not acknowledge that most of their students did not even take the exams. According to the students they felt they were not adequately prepared.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2010

One reviewer stated "students come from families who are committed to academic success". Well I can tell you that this statement is not always true. I am an alumni and I graduated in 2006. I had many friends who's parents did not stress academic success. Class size is not that big, teachers are willing to work with the students. There is a resource center where kids can go and get help on their free time. They don't have study hall. They want us to learn to manage our time. My freshman year the old principle (no longer there) told my class "You don't have study hall in college so why not learn time management now"


Posted February 9, 2010

I am an alumnus of USC HS. Whithout a doubt, this school prepared me for college! The wide variety of class offerings, and extracurricular activities are excellent. I can't speak of the current faculty (as I graduated almost 20 years ago), but while attending, I found most faculty members very qualified. While the school is very affluent and has very snobby cliques, most students can find a niche of friends with whom they share interests.


Posted January 30, 2010

The high school and district are vastly overrated. The secret to this district's success is that its students come from families who are committed to academic success and learning in spite of the mediocrity of the district. This school district's achievement scores would be modest if they didn't have the benefit of the most highly educated and affluent population to draw from. As one student said, if you're not a jock or a cheerleader, the teachers and administrators don't care about the kid. Also, the teachers and administrators give preferential treatment to kids whose parents play school politics. If you have an academically gifted child, save your money and go to a district with lower taxes and a stable population like Baldwin, Bethel Park, West Jefferson etc. Your child will achieve the same results at a much lower cost.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

Upper St. Clair HS has excellent teachers and parents are active. The school is very highly regarded nationally which benefits students applying to top colleges. Extracurricular activities are popular and include traditional activities such as sports and band, to overseas travel for those students interested. I have 4 boys and have been in tune and very pleased with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2009

Coming from a current senior, Upper St. Clair High School is without a doubt the best public high school in Pittsburgh, and probobly Pennsylvania. I don't know what some of these people are talking about saying that kids don't learn anything, this school will prepare you for college. Period. Almost EVERYONE goes to college, in fact I don't know of a single person who isn't attending one next year, the point is that the student body is full of nice friendly people and the faculty cares about the education of each and every student. If you want a good school district in western Pennsylvania, USC baby
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 22, 2009

I used to like the district when i was in elementary... after that highschool was a zoo i hated it and transfered into a private school some of the teachers do not teach! so when SAT's come up we will all be lost!! and all students are big snotty brats!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 19, 2008

this school was awful! no one learns anything, and if you weren't a cheerleader or jock, they don't care about you at all
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 14, 2008

Upper St. Clair School District is truly outstanding. We have one child who attended K through 12 and is now in college, and a younger child who is currently enrolled in H.S. We are grateful every day that we chose to move into this community and that our children have had such an outstanding education and positive community experience. It has made such a difference in their lives...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2008

Excellent college prep school, teachers, facilities, and opportunities. highly recommended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2006

Upper St. Clair is probably the premier public school in the Pittsburgh area. Completely rebuilt in the late 1990's, St. Clair features great facilities, great academics, and great programs. The school is heavily caucasian, around 95%. St. Clair extracurricular activities are excellent. Sports teams are extremely successful and always competitive, and are led by good coaches, and musical and art programs abound. Parents and particularly the PTO are very involved at the school...perhaps too much so. USC features a college preparatory curriculum, and there is a large amount of peer pressure to do well. All in all, it's a great school across the board, and I would recommend it to anyone looking in the Pittsburgh area.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 31, 2005

Great School District, many activities, great families
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 28, 2005

Upper st. Clair is truly one of the best schools.. My child attends baker elementary, and i am very pleased with the individual attention each child receives from the staff. The teachers find the strenghths and weaknesses of the child , and helps them to improve, and excel in these areas. The parent involvement is outstanding, and the children thrive in this community..The high school offers many activties, and ap courses. Over 90% of all seniors go to a 4 year college. Outstanding!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2005

the academics are rigorous and challenging-- the teachers expect and receive excellence. sports are well funded and encouraged, as are the arts and the ptso is extremely involved in every school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 15, 2004

Some of the teachers don't teach. The kids are simply taking notes during class and they are on their own for tests. very disappointing for a school with the resources they possess.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

All the schools in this district are excellent facilities. I started in Kindergarten and graduated in 1997. I feel that I received a wonderful education.
—Submitted by a former student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

340 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

346 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

346 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

346 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
98%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students90%
Female90%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students93%
Female93%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian95%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)68%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students75%
Female73%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asian83%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)28%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students98%
Female100%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)87%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 89% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 3%
Black 1% 15%
Hispanic 1% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1825 McLaughlin Run Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15241
Phone: (412) 833-1600

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