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.

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. Pre-K – 12, private, 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
703 students

Lower School North Campus: 80
Lower School City Campus: 222
Middle School: 141
Upper School: 260

  • More than 35% of students are students of color.
  • Over $3 million in financial aid awarded annually.
  • 18 scholarships awarded for students entering grades 6–12.
  • Students come from 74 zip codes and 45 school districts.

Mission

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.

Equity and Inclusion Statement

As a means to fulfill our credo, “Think also of the comfort and the rights of others,” Winchester Thurston will be an inclusive community and will pursue the social and pedagogical benefits that diversity brings. We will place the highest value on enabling students to understand their own identity and those of others. It is our moral imperative to be courageous and intentional in promoting understanding, addressing bias, identifying and honoring qualities of justice, respecting multiple perspectives and contributions, and valuing the dignity of all.

Core Values

Community
We are an interdependent learning community inside and out. We value and care for our relationships, approaching each person with respect. Our school exists within a context, its sustainability interlocked with that of Pittsburgh. We have a responsibility to be humane, engaged citizens of the world, and we actively seek opportunities for mutual learning and collaboration to improve and enhance the lives of others.

Empathy
Empathy is the ability to understand the experiences and feelings of others. We foster the development of a healthy self-respect that encourages humility and compassion.

Equity and inclusion
As a means to fulfill our credo, “Think also of the comfort and the rights of others,” Winchester Thurston will be an inclusive community and will pursue the social and pedagogical benefits that diversity brings. We will place the highest value on enabling students to understand their own identities and those of others. It is our moral imperative to be courageous and intentional in promoting understanding, addressing bias, identifying and honoring qualities of justice, respecting multiple perspectives and contributions, and valuing the dignity of all.

Integrity
Integrity starts with honesty; it requires taking initiative to act responsibly and having courage to act on conviction. When faced with a difficult moral or ethical challenge, we employ our integrity to discern a course of action informed by all five of WT’s core values.

Intellectual courage
Intellectual courage is the foundation for learning and self-discovery. Those with intellectual courage actively seek knowledge, evaluate and weigh evidence, understand multiple viewpoints, and interrogate assumptions and biases. We are willing to take risks because we understand that failure and reflection are important parts of the learning process.