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About QVSD

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.

Quaker Valley High School was ranked 10th in Pennsylvania on the list of America's Most Challenging High Schools by the Washington Post in 2017.

The Pittsburgh Business Times ranked Quaker Valley High School 3rd in the Pittsburgh region and 12th in the state based on 2017 SAT Scores. The average QV combined scores in 2017 was 1,215; Reading: 614; Math: 600.

The 2018 Best School District Rankings by Niche name Quaker Valley School District #5 in Pittsburgh, #14 in Pennsylvania, and #145 in the nation. Niche computes rankings based on state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, student and parent reviews, and more. 

U.S. News and World Report, ranking the best public high schools in America, placed Quaker Valley High School #1 in Western Pennsylvania, 10th among Pennsylvania's high schools, and 681 out of more than 21,000 public high schools nationwide in 2018.

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 14th consecutive year in 2018.

All elementary and middle school students are engaged in the study of fine arts. A majority 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 communications@qvsd.org for additional information about the school district.