Area school districts receive top rankings

Published Apr 6, 2013 at 8:42 am (Updated Apr 6, 2013 at 8:42 am)

The Pittsburgh Business Times ranked the region’s top 100 school districts, and several South Hills districts received accolades. Upper St. Clair was ranked No. 1 for the eighth year in a row, Mt. Lebanon came in at No. 2, South Fayette took the No. 5 spot, Peters Township came in at No. 7, Bethel Park ranked No. 13 and Canon-McMillan sits at No. 20. Further down the list, South Park received the No. 30 spot, Keystone Oaks came in at No. 42, Chartiers Valley at No. 44 and Chartiers-Houston ranked No. 67.

The rankings appear in the 2013 Guide to Western Pennsylvania Schools, which was published on April 5, and were based on three years of PSSA test scores in math, reading, writing and science.

Upper St. Clair and Mt. Lebanon were not only ranked No. 1 and 2 in western Pennsylvania, but in the entire state of Pennsylvania as well.

“Our success is a result of a generational commitment to education by the community, teachers, leadership, students and the board,” said Upper St. Clair Superintendent Dr. Patrick O’Toole. “It’s truly not something that happens overnight, this community has been intentionally prioritizing the education of its children for years.”

Mt. Lebanon is equally pleased with the rankings. “We have much to be proud of in the Mt. Lebanon School District, including our students’ success in academics, athletics and the arts,” said Mt. Lebanon Superintendent Dr. Timothy Steinhauer. “I am especially pleased that the report notes that we have shown consistent improvement across all grade levels, moving us closer to the No. 1 spot. This recognition validates the great work done each day by our staff and students, and I congratulate them for all their hard work.”

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