May 9, 2019
Pittsburgh Business Times ranks USC #1
The Upper St. Clair School District ranks first among 102 school districts throughout the seven-county region and third among the commonwealth’s 500 school districts, according to the 2019 Guide to Western Pennsylvania Schools, published by the Pittsburgh Business Times. The rankings, which were released on May 7, 2019, are based upon PSSA and Keystone Exam scores – three years of data are used, with the current year given the most weight.
The Pittsburgh Business Times released its first school rankings in 2005. Upper St. Clair debuted at number two before spending eight consecutive years, from 2006-2013, in the number one spot. For the last five years, Upper St. Clair ranked within the top five each year before regaining the top spot this year.
“We are incredibly proud of the shared commitment to high quality education within the Upper St. Clair community,” Dr. John T. Rozzo, superintendent of schools, said. “Our students, staff, families, community and school board work in partnership to ensure that our students are able to experience success and reach their goals – both within and beyond the classroom.”
In addition to ranking first in the 2019 Guide to Western Pennsylvania Schools, which is based on PSSA and Keystone Exam data, Upper St. Clair High School ranks first in the region in 2018 ACT and 2018 SAT scores.
"Earning the recognition of being the top ranked school by the PBT is quite an accomplishment; however, providing a safe, nurturing environment that supports the social, emotional, and academic needs of our students is our top priority.” When asked what helps USC be on top, Rozzo said, "There is not one individual factor. I attribute our success to the collective efforts of all stakeholders in the USC school community."
In April, Upper St. Clair was named among the nation’s Best Communities for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation for the fourth consecutive year. Last week, Upper St. Clair High School was ranked among the top two percent of high schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, which released its 2019 Best High Schools rankings.
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