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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 the 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. In 2019 the Pittsburgh Business Times ranked Quaker Valley High School 11th in Pittsburgh based on three years of state standardized tests. 

In 2022, Quaker Valley School District has been named the 7th best school district in Allegheny County and 35th in Pennsylvania by the Niche rankings. Niche uses reviews from students and parents, along with data from the U.S. Department of Education. The rankings include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, and more.

In 2020 U.S. News and World Reports ranked Quaker Valley High School 6th overall in Western Pennsylvania. The rankings look at college readiness, math and reading proficiency and performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum, and graduation rates. Quaker Valley High School ranked 19th in Pennsylvania and 792nd in the United States. QVHS is also recognized as #1 in the Pittsburgh area, #2 in the state, and #53 in the country on the STEM rating. STEM rankings are based on the students' participation and success rates in AP science and math tests.

The National Music Merchants Foundation, a partnership of leading music and educational organizations, cited Quaker Valley as one of the Best Communities for Music Education for the 15th consecutive year in 2019.

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 student in grades K-12 is issued an iPad to use at school and home. 

Quaker Valley welcomes inquiries from families considering relocation to our community. Please contact our Communications Department at 412-749-3623 or [email protected] for additional information about the school district.