Four National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence
All four Quaker Valley schools are designated National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence. The Blue Ribbon is the most prestigious education award in the country, distinguishing schools for excellence in leadership, teaching, curriculum, student achievement, parent involvement and community support.
School Performance Exceeds State Requirements
The Pennsylvania Department of Education assigns a score, based on a 100 point scale, to every public school in the commonwealth. Quaker Valley School District schools were assigned the following academic performance scores for 2012-2013: Edgeworth Elementary: 81.4; Osborne Elementary: 88.1; Quaker Valley Middle School: 93.8; Quaker Valley High School: 93.2. Schools that scored 70 percent or higher met or exceeded the achievement and growth standard for 2012-2013. 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. Schools may earn up to seven extra points beyond the 100 point scoring system for students earning advanced scores on state, industry, and Advanced Placement exams.
Niche Best School Districts
The 2017 Niche Best School District Rankings name Quaker Valley School District #4 in Pittsburgh, #8 in Pennsylvania, and #79 in the nation. The ranking is compiled using several factors including SAT/ACT scores, student-teacher ratio and reviews by parents and students. view rankings
SAT Scores Remain Strong
On the 2015 Scholastic Aptitude Test, Quaker Valley students continued to achieve at an exceptionally high level. Quaker Valley students averaged 553 in reading, 572 in math, and 545 in writing, for a combined average score of 1670. The Pittsburgh Business Times ranks Quaker Valley 7th out of 102 public school districts in the Pittsburgh region based on 2015 SAT scores.
PASCD Supervision and Evaluation Award
Quaker Valley School District received the Exemplary Practices in Teacher Supervision and Evaluation Award from the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development in 2012-13. This award recognizes the work of Pennsylvania school districts in developing and implementing outstanding systems of teacher supervision and evaluation. Quaker Valley is one of only six public school districts in Pennsylvania to have earned this distinction.
Pittsburgh Business Times Ranking
The 2016 Pittsburgh Business Times Guide to Western Pennsylvania Schools ranks Quaker Valley School District 10th out of 105 public school districts in western Pennsylvania and 30th out of 500 school districts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Rankings are based upon three years of PSSA test scores in reading, math, writing and science. This is the 12th consecutive year that Quaker Valley is ranked in the top 10. view rankings
Washington Post names QVHS most challenging in PA
The Washington Post has named Quaker Valley High School one of the most challenging high schools in Pennsylvania. In the 2017 rankings, Quaker Valley was listed as the most challenging high school in Western Pennsylvania, and 10th across the entire state. QVHS has a national ranking of 896.
U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools Ranking
In 2018, 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. Schools are evaluated based on overall student performance on state tests, AP tests, and International Baccalaureate exams, as well as how they educate black, Hispanic, and economically disadvantaged students.
School-Wide Positive Behavior Model Schools
In 2013-14, Osborne & Edgeworth Elementary Schools, and Quaker Valley Middle School were designated model schools for Pennsylvania’s School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports program. The purpose of the recognition system is to identify and publicly recognize schools for successful implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. In addition, it affords schools and districts the opportunity to accurately self-reflect on their progress implementing and sustaining the program.
Best Communities for Music Education For 14 Consecutive Years
In 2018, Quaker Valley School District was named among the nation’s Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for the 14th consecutive year - one of 538 districts nationwide to receive this designation. The NAMM Foundation recognizes schools that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the school's core curriculum.
District-wide Model Counseling Program
In 2012-13, Quaker Valley Middle School earned the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) designation for its school counseling program – one of only four schools in the nation to earn this achievement three consecutive times. This effort was spearheaded by middle school counselor Matt Parrish and former counselor Dr. Christy Clapper. Quaker Valley School District is the only district in Pennsylvania to have all of its schools honored with RAMP distinction.
Distinguished School Board Award
The Quaker Valley School Board received the D. Richard Wynn Distinguished School Board Award from the Tri-State Area School Study Council at the University of Pittsburgh in 2013. The award recognizes the board's accomplishments during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years.
Pennsylvania School Boards Association Recognition
The Pennsylvania School Boards Association recognized Quaker Valley School District with two honorable mention distinctions in 2011 for the QVSD website and 2010-11 district wall calendar. In previous years, the PSBA recognized the district website and QV Update publication.
PenSPRA Communication Awards
Quaker Valley School District received two Awards of Merit and an Award of Honorable Mention in the National School Public Relations Association’s 2012 Publications and Electronic Media Awards contest. The 2011-12 district calendar and the Quaker Valley Better Together video each earned Awards of Merit, while the Quaker Valley Middle School Renovation Blog earned Honorable Mention from among the 701 entries.
National Council of Teachers of English Recognition
Bittersweet: Antiqua, Quaker Valley High School’s literary magazine, was honored with the rank of Highest Award in the 2012 National Council of Teachers of English Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines. Quaker Valley is one of only 26 nationwide and the only Pennsylvania high school to receive NCTE’s top award.
AFP Youth in Philanthropy Award
The Quaker Valley Laps for Love Program was selected as the 2012 recipient of the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award presented by the Western Pennsylvania chapter of the Association for Fundraising. From 1994-2016, Quaker Valley Laps for Love has raised $74,158.15 to benefit The Children's Institute's free care fund.
Cisco Networking Academy Partnership
The Cisco Networking Academy Program is an innovative partnership that teaches students to design, build and maintain computer networks. Quaker Valley High School offers this specialized technology curriculum that prepares students for college and employment in the 21st century.