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.

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
683 students

North Hills Campus (Allison Park): 75
Lower School (Shadyside): 227
Middle School (Shadyside): 128
Upper School (Shadyside): 253

  • 34.4% of students are students of color.
  • Over $3 million in financial aid awarded annually.
  • 13 named scholarships for students entering grades 6–12.
  • Students come from 77 zip codes and 45 school districts.

The School
Established in 1887. Private, nationally recognized independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school in Pittsburgh.

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 cultural 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; empathy; equity and inclusion; integrity; intellectual courage.