City As Our Campus

“[WT’s City as Our Campus] ties into much of the recent brain-science research…[It] amplifies student engagement by creating authentic learning…It also acknowledges that schools are no longer the sole source of learning."

Donna Orem, National Association of Independent schools President

Innovative program keeps innovating.

First graders are learning about building and community design from seasoned architects. Post-AP high school seniors are using research science to prototype solutions to community problems. And inspired middle schoolers are writing about society and recording their songs with an award-winning studio artist.

Winchester Thurston School’s City as Our Campus program amplifies student learning by providing unique educational opportunities with leaders from the academic, cultural, scientific, non-profit, and business community in Pittsburgh.

Authentic learning with impact.

City as Our Campus is an extension of WT’s core academic curriculum and augments it by providing meaningful, real-world experiences. By working with diverse members of the community—and with a range of resources, tools, and materials—students don’t just gain understanding of the community’s most pressing issues, they work to solve them.

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Student centered. Faculty driven. Community based.

WT’s innovative faculty is at the heart of the program. Teachers design and implement projects, units, and courses that enhance their curricula. They forge partnerships that transform organizations, institutions, and businesses into co-educators, creating powerful learning opportunities for students. In fact, faculty passion fuels the success of City as Our Campus.

The new learning ecosystem.

In today’s interconnected world, schools aren’t the only center for learning. Libraries, museums, workshops, labs, and even the digital space have a place in the learning ecosystem. City as Our Campus is driving Pittsburgh’s learning ecosystem and putting students and teachers at the center of it.

Programmatic Goals.

  • Gain exposure to our city to become familiar with its culture and history.
  • Interact with community members to understand diverse viewpoints and stories.
  • Equip students with new skills and knowledge through authentic learning experiences.
  • Provide teachers with a co-educator model that opens possibilities and expands our thinking.
  • Partner with the community to become informed, engaged, and active citizens.

See for yourself.

Discover the power of City as Our Campus in each of our divisions:

Lower School
Middle School
Upper School

City as Our Campus Partners

Allegheny County Sanitary Authority

American Civil Liberties Union, Pittsburgh


Andy Warhol Museum

Animal Rescue League

Aquatic Edge Consulting

Artists Image Resource (AIR)


Attack Theatre

August Wilson Center

Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Museum of Art

Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Center for PostNatural History

Chatham University

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Churchview Farm

City of Asylum

City of Pittsburgh

Classrooms Without Borders

Conflict Kitchen

Construction Junction

Daedalus, Inc.

Depreciation Lands Museum

Dreams of Hope: Queer Youth Arts

Fort Pitt Museum

Frick Art and Historical Center

Global Solutions Pittsburgh

Green Building Alliance

Grow Pittsburgh

GTECH Strategies

Hear Me Project

Heinz History Center

Hill House

Hip Hop on L.O.C.K.

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

Kelly Strayhorn Theater

MAKESHOP at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild

Mattress Factory

Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village

Mr. Smalls Recording Studios

National Aviary

New Hazlett Theater

Quantum Theatre

Phipps Conservatory

PICT Classic Theatre

Pittsburgh Filmmakers

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Pittsburgh Filmmakers

Pittsburgh Glass Center

Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police

Pittsburgh Public Theater

Pittsburgh Opera

Pittsburgh Symphony

Pittsburgh Zoo

Rivers of Steel

Rodef Shalom

Shenot Farm

SLB Radio Productions

Society for Contemporary Craft

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial

Sprout Fund

Stevo Mosaics


Union Project

University of Pittsburgh


Urban Redevelopment Authority

Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh


World Affairs Council


Ya Momz House Productions

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City Campus
555 Morewood Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
P: 412-578-7500
F: 412-578-7504

North Campus
4225 Middle Road
Allison Park, PA 15101
P: 412-486-8341
F: 412-578-7504