College Prep 101

Published May 8, 2013 at 11:02 am (Updated May 8, 2013 at 11:02 am)

Dean Institute of Technology

Dean Institute of Technology, established in 1947, has achieved an enviable success record in the training and placing of thousands of graduates. As a nationally accredited Trade and Technical School, the methods, procedures, individualized instruction, standard textbooks and excellent facilities promote an efficient and progressive school. Dean Tech, located on West Liberty Avenue just before the Liberty Tunnels, offers associate degree programs for electrical technician and air conditioning & refrigeration technology. The school also provides certificates/diplomas for building maintenance technician and welding.

Financial aid is available for those who qualify and Dean Tech is approved for Veteran training. New classes begin quarterly. The school provides small classes and personal attention, and welcomes qualified students, as well as faculty and staff, from all racial, religious, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. For more information, call 412-531-4433 or visit

The Ellis School

The Ellis School, founded in 1916, is Pittsburgh’s only age 3 to grade 12 independent school for girls. Ellis understands girls’ education better than any other school in the region. Ellis girls know that girls and young women can do anything and excel in any subject area.

An Ellis School education prepares girls to excel, to lead and to inspire others. Ellis girls are critical thinkers, collaborative problem solvers and intellectual risk takers. With small class sizes averaging just 14 students, the Ellis experience is personal and fulfilling. One hundred percent of students go to college. Last year, Ellis girls earned more than $1.2 million in college merit scholarships. Ellis girls aren’t just ready for the next level of their education, they’re ready for life. If you have a daughter age 3 to grade 12, visit

Grove City College

Grove City College is a selective four-year liberal arts, science and engineering college located one hour north of Pittsburgh. The College is known for its rigorous academics and commitment to keeping a high caliber college education affordable. Grove City College was ranked No. 1 by Consumers Digest, June 2011, as the “Top Value” private liberal arts college in the nation. And 96 percent of the school’s 2012 graduates were employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.

Application deadlines are Nov. 15 for early decision and Feb. 1 for regular decision. Contact, the College’s director of admissions, for more information, or visit

Hillcrest Christian Academy

Hillcrest Christian Academy, located in Bethel Park, stands with your family, not against it, as you strive to instill Biblical values into your student. For more than 30 years, Hillcrest has been providing Christian education to students in grades K-8. And, now the school brings that same level of academic excellence to grades 9-12. The rigorous curriculum, including AP level courses and personalized instruction, will not only prepare students to succeed in the world, but to go out and change the world. There is nowhere that a Hillcrest graduate cannot go. Discover your student’s God-given potential to excel. For more information, visit

Huntington Learning Center

The Huntington Learning Center is a tutoring solution for high school students who want to score higher on important college entrance and scholarship exams like the SAT/PSAT and ACT. Huntington begins with a complete assessment using a full-length SAT or ACT. Results and personalized recommendations determine the duration and scheduling of tutoring, and are discussed during an initial parent conference. Tutoring covers each of the exam’s key areas, with additional emphasis on desired areas. Several full-length exams are administered throughout the process to measure progress. For more information, call 724-942-1290.

Mt. Lebanon Academy

Kindergarten through high school aged students can plan for an enjoyable and challenging summer by enrolling in a personalized summer experience at Mt. Lebanon Academy. The private school offers a variety of stimulating classes, including traditional courses in math, reading, composition, study skills, algebra, geometry, calculus and SAT and ACT prep. Summer classes are scheduled three different sessions and meet twice weekly for a period of three weeks. Private tutorials can be scheduled at any time and at your convenience. For more information, visit

Mt. Lebanon Montessori School and Academy

Nestled in the peaceful hills of Mt. Lebanon lies a hidden jewel known as Mt. Lebanon Montessori School and Academy. The school was established in 1976 and serves students from ages 2 -12, or preschool through sixth-grade. The Montessori philosophy offers a unique, creative, high academic alternative to traditional education.

The Montessori preschool program is characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits and respect for a child’s individual needs through movement and activity. The elementary program is characterized by intellectual independence, creative tendencies and a sense of justice. For more information, call 412-563-2858.

Young Scholars of Western PA Charter School

YSWPCS seeks to establish a unique, proactive alternative to traditional public education, which provides an ideal “international” environment for the intellectual and social development of its students.

YSWPCS focuses on two student constituencies: those whose native language is not American English, during their transition into the American educational system and culture, and those native speakers of American English who wish to engage a curriculum which fosters a global perspective and promotes appreciation and understanding of world regions, cultures and global issues. The school seeks to develop students who are conversant in at least two major world languages (in addition to English).

YSWPCS is a kindergarten through fifth grade tuition-free public school boasting small classroom size to improve student outcomes, grades and test scores. Each student is encouraged, through adaptations or additions to individual programs of study, to strive for his or her maximum potential. The school has a rigorous computer and internet integrated curriculum in math and science.

For more information and admission information, visit

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