WT Smart Facts
Winchester Thurston leads the way in educational innovation, rigorous academics, scholarly standards, and a learning environment that better prepares students for the challenges of a changing world. Nationally recognized for work with gifted and talented students, distinctive campuses, and innovative programs, WT is a school in which students achieve at the highest levels.
Students achieve at the highest levels
- 20% of the Class of 2013 and 23% of the Class of 2012 were recognized by the College Board as National Merit Finalists, Semi-finalists, Commended Scholars, or Achievement Scholars. Nationally, only about 5% of students are recognized with these distinctions each year for their performance on the PSAT.
- In a benchmarking group of 30 independent schools around the nation, WT had the highest number of students taking at least one AP exam in 2012-2013. AP exams are scored on a scale of 1-5, with a 3 being the threshold for students to receive college credit. Nationally, 61% of all students taking AP exams in 2012-2013 scored a 3 or higher.
- 95% of WT’s Upper School students who took the Biology, Chemistry, or Physics AP exam scored a 3 or higher. Within the benchmarking group, WT had the highest scores.
- 72% of WT’s Upper School students who took the U.S. History AP exam scored a 3 or higher.
- 92% of WT’s Upper School students who took the English Language and Literature AP exam scored a 3 or higher.
- 65% of WT’s Upper School students who took the Calculus AP exam scored a 3 or higher.
- In its Post-AP curriculum, WT offers Advanced Topics in Mathematics for students who have completed Calculus, and two rigorous City as Our Campus courses in the Upper School, which require students to apply skills and knowledge to real world challenges – Urban Research and Design and Research Science.
- Students in Lower and Middle School perform consistently above median on the ERB standardized tests compared with national independent school norms.
- Middle School students consistently compete and win prizes at these and other competitions: MathCounts®, Future Cities, First LEGO® League Competition, Western Pennsylvania Regional Science Olympiad, Department of Energy Science Bowl, Western Pennsylvania Regional Spelling Bee, National History Bee, and American Mathematics Competition.
- In the Lower School, the Academic Enrichment and Challenge program differentiates and individualizes the curriculum by offering accelerated instruction and enrichment in academic subjects.
- 86% of WT students from the Class of 2013 are attending “Very,” “Highly,” or “Most competitive” schools.
- Students in the Class of 2013 were offered more than $1,012,000 in scholarships and grants.
AP and College Board Recognition, 2010-2013
|Number of Students in Senior Class||60||56||63||44|
|Number of Different AP Exams||299||316||281||186|
|Total Percent of Grades 3 or Above||83%||85%||74%||86%|
|Number of National AP Scholars||9||4||6||0|
|Number of AP Scholars with Distinction ||30||31||18||9|
|Number of AP Scholars with Honors||7||10||9||11|
|Number of AP Scholars||15||23||18||15|
|Percent of AP Test Takers Recognized||43%||52%||34%||37%|
|Number of National Merit Semi-Finalists||4||8||3||2|
|Percent of Class Recognized||20%||23%||15%||11%|
Class of 2013 College List
Students excel in a culture of continuous learning
WT faculty members consistently attend prestigious professional development programs.
- Connie Martin, Krista Herald, Kimberly Blaney, and Jamie Krongrad attended the Readers and Writers Workshop at Columbia University’s Teachers College
- Karen Gaul and Amanda Greenwald attended Classrooms Without Borders Study Seminar to Israel
- Josh Andy and Mike Naragon attended Classrooms Without Borders Study Seminar to Berlin and Prague
- Sally Allan participated in a program called "Pleine Aire" in Ireland
- Pete Frischmann attended Down Under, Out Yonder Coral Reef Exploration for teachers
- Renee Patrick attended the Pittsburgh Global Affairs Summer Institute for Teachers
- David Hallas attended the AP Economics Summer Institute
- Stephen Miller is one of four co-authors of the book “Developing Essential Understanding of Statistics for Teaching Mathematics in Grades 9 – 12,” published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
- WT’s groundbreaking work in faculty formative development was recognized in Independent School magazine (fall 2012) with an article authored by Head of School, Gary Niels.
- WT was one of only four schools nationwide to receive the Edward E. Ford Foundation Leadership Grant in 2009.
- In 2007, WT was one of only three schools nationwide to receive a $2 million grant and be named a Malone Scholars School in recognition of our work with gifted and talented students.
- WT is the first of only two schools to have received both accolades.
Winchester Thurston School actively engages each student in a challenging and inspiring learning process that develops the mind, motivates the passion to achieve, and cultivates the character to serve.
Critical thinking; integrity; empathy; community; diversity.
Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12.
660 students – the highest opening-day enrollment in the school’s 127-year history
Lower School North (Allison Park): 90
Lower School City (Shadyside): 199
Middle School (Shadyside): 129
Upper School Shadyside): 242
- More than 28% of students are students of color
- Students come from 66 zip codes and 44 school districts
- More than $2.3 million offered in Financial Aid annually
- We offer ten named scholarships for students entering grades 6 - 12