About Quaker Valley School District
Quaker Valley School District is located along the Ohio River 12 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Residents have easy access to major highways and Pittsburgh International Airport.
Our community is diverse, including various ethnic, racial and socioeconomic populations. Our stable population includes third and fourth generation Quaker Valley families, as well as those who have come to us not only from other states, but also from other countries. We embrace this diversity as an opportunity for cultural understanding and exchange. As a result, our schools mirror the cohesive, small-town atmosphere of the community they serve.
We are a small district with a reputation for quality. School and class sizes allow for a personal approach to instruction. Quaker Valley recognizes that it takes a cumulative experience of excellence to produce students who will be internationally competitive. To that end, an innovative curriculum challenges all students to excel as independent thinkers and learners, and gives each the support and incentive to do so successfully.
We are honored to have had all four of our schools selected for National Blue Ribbon Awards of Excellence.
All Quaker Valley schools exceeded the state's achievement and growth standard of 70% for 2013-14. Our academic performance scores are: Edgeworth Elementary: 80.9; Osborne Elementary: 78.4; Quaker Valley Middle School: 88.8; Quaker Valley High School: 91.0. Scores are based upon achievement and growth on the PSSA and/or Keystone exams; graduation, promotion, and attendance rates; as well as participation and/or performance on the PSAT, SAT, ACT, NOCTI and Advanced Placement courses.
U.S. News and World Report, ranking the best public high schools in America, placed Quaker Valley High School at 6th among Pennsylvania's 673 high schools and 485th out of more than 21,500 public high schools nationwide in 2016.
Quaker Valley High School was ranked 12th in Pennsylvania on the list of America's Most Challenging High Schools by the Washington Post in 2015.
The 2016 Pittsburgh Business Times Guide to Western Pennsylvania Schools ranked Quaker Valley School District 10th out of the public school districts in western Pennsylvania based on three years of standardized test scores.
The 2016 NICHE PA School District Rankings named Quaker Valley School District #2 in Pittsburgh, #6 in Pennsylvania and #49 in the nation. The rankings are based on dozens of key statistics including opinions from students and parents.
The National Music Makers Foundation, a partnership of leading music and educational organizations, cited Quaker Valley as one of the 'Best Communities for Music Education' for the twelfth consecutive year in 2016.
On the 2015 SAT scores, Quaker Valley averaged 553 in reading – compared to state and national averages of 499 and 495. The average math score in Quaker Valley was 572 – a significant lead over 504 for Pennsylvania and 511 nationally. Quaker Valley’s writing scores remained strong at 545 while state and national averages came in at 482 and 484.
All elementary and middle school students are engaged in the study of fine arts. Approximately 76% of Quaker Valley High School students continue to study and participate in some form of fine arts – the graphic and visual arts as well as the choral, orchestral, instrumental and theatrical arts – all through a variety of coursework and co-curricular enrichment.
Computers and technology are used as tools to enhance and facilitate learning and assessment. In addition to providing computer instruction and at least one computer lab in each building, every high school student is issued a laptop as a freshman for use at school and home for their four years at QVHS; middle school students are assigned a laptop for use while at school; and computer carts equipped with laptops are available to elementary teachers so that each child has access to a laptop during a class period if needed to support the lesson or curriculum unit.
Quaker Valley welcomes inquiries by families considering relocation to our community. Please contact our Communications Department at 412-749-3623 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information about the district.