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.
Students achieve at the highest levels
- 25% of the Class of 2015 was recognized as National Merit Semi-finalists or received National Merit commendation for their performance on the PSAT.
- 15% of the Class of 2014 and 20% of the Class of 2013 were recognized by the College Board as National Merit Finalists, Semi-finalists, Commended Scholars, or Achievement Scholars. Nationally, just 5% of students are recognized with these distinctions each year for their performance on the PSAT.
- 79% of WT students from the Class of 2014 are attending “Very,” “Highly,” or “Most competitive” schools.
- Students in the Class of 2014 were offered more than $1,200,000 in scholarships and grants.
- 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 a benchmarking group of 30 independent schools around the nation, WT had the highest number of students taking at least one AP exam in 2013-2014. AP exams are scored on a scale of 1-5, with a 3 being the threshold for students to receive college credit.
- 90% of WT’s Upper School students who took the Biology, Chemistry, or Physics AP exam scored a 3 or higher.
- 94% of WT’s Upper School students who took the English Language and Literature AP exam scored a 3 or higher.
- 89% of WT’s Upper School students who took the U.S. History AP exam scored a 3 or higher.
- 83% of WT’s Upper School students who took the Calculus AB and BC AP exams scored a 3 or higher.
- In the Lower School, the Academic Enrichment and Challenge program differentiates and individualizes the curriculum by offering accelerated instruction and enrichment in academic subjects.
Key differentiators provide a unique experience
- As part of its Post-AP curriculum, WT offers Advanced Topics in Mathematics for students who have completed Calculus, and two rigorous City as Our Campus courses, Urban Research and Design and Research Science, which require students to apply skills and knowledge to real world challenges.
- As the only Pennsylvania school in the Malone School Online Network, WT provides Upper School students with unprecedented learning opportunities. This year students are discovering Critical Reading, Bioethics, Meteorology, and Etymology of Scientific Terms through this network.
- WT’s City as Our Campus program is the truest expression of the WT mission—actively engaging students in and around the City of Pittsburgh. From Pre-K - grade 12, students work with a dynamic world of leaders, artists, community activists, policy makers, entrepreneurs, and experts to make their learning meaningful and to develop high-level critical thinking and research skills.
- With a dedication to eLearning, teachers harness the power of technology to enrich the educational offerings. In AP European History, students are using Classroom Salon, a tool developed at Carnegie Mellon University built around the concept of content-centric annotations. Student comments are aggregated providing deep insights into individual and group learning.
A culture of continuous learning
WT faculty members consistently attend prestigious professional development programs.
- Third grade teacher, Connie Martin and fifth grade teacher, Brock Perkins attended the Readers and Writers Workshop at Columbia University’s Teachers College.
- Performing Arts teacher, Janna Lettan attended Mozarteum-Orff International Summer Institute in Austria.
- Visual Arts Department chair, Sally Allan attended the “Pleine Aire” Conference in France.
- Chinese teacher, Ming Rui attended the International Conference on Chinese Language and Pedagogy.
- French Department chair, Karyn Senita attended the French AP Summer Institute.
- 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 five schools nationwide to have received both the Edward E. Ford Foundation Leadership Grant and the Malone Scholars School recognition.
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.
Lower School North (Allison Park): 86
Lower School City (Shadyside): 213
Middle School (Shadyside): 122
Upper School Shadyside): 234
- More than 30% 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 12 named scholarships for students entering grades 6 - 12