About Us

Where Smart Meets Heart
At WT, we define success not only by our academic standards, but also by our commitment to developing individuals of strong character who embrace our founder’s command to “Think Also of the Comfort and the Rights of Others.”

We lead the way in educational innovation, rigorous academics, scholarly standards, and a learning environment that better prepares students for the challenges of a rapidly changing, complex world - and admission to the most selective colleges in the nation.

As one of the leading private schools in Pittsburgh, our learning environment is dynamic and engaging, and students are excited about achievement as they become intellectually confident critical thinkers, able researchers, knowledgeable problem solvers, and individuals of strong character.

The School
Established in 1887. Junior Pre-K – 12, nationally recognized independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school in Pittsburgh.

National Recognition
WT’s unique City as Our Campus initiative was recognized by the Edward E. Ford Foundation with a coveted Educational Leadership Grant.

This accolade came on the heels of WT’s designation as a Malone Scholars School by the Malone Family Foundation. WT is one of only five schools among the approximately 1,400 members of the National Association of Independent Schools to earn both of these distinctions.

Enrollment Facts
674 students

Lower School: 247
Middle School: 155
Upper School: 272

  • More than 36% of students are students of color.
  • Over $3.8 million in financial aid awarded annually.
  • 18 scholarships awarded for students entering grades 6–12.
  • Students come from 69 zip codes and 39 school districts.


Winchester Thurston School is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and is accredited by the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools.

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