• Pride in USC: District Awards & Recognitions

    The tagline statement for Upper St. Clair School District, “Customizing Learning, Nurturing Potential…Delivering Excellence,” articulates our organization’s core functions, culture and mission.

    Excelling in this commitment to excellence, USC is proud to have earned numerous national and regional awards and recognitions, as outlined below: 


    USC named among the 2018 Best High Schools

    Best High Schools Upper St. Clair High School ranks among the top high schools in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report. The newspaper released its list of 2018 Best High Schools on May 9, 2018.

    According to the U.S. News & World Report’s website, “the U.S. News rankings include data on more than 20,500 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.”

    Ranked 16th in Pennsylvania and fourth in Allegheny County, Upper St. Clair High School was recognized with a Silver Medal by U.S. News & World Report. Of the commonwealth’s 576 public high schools, 184 were recognized in this year’s list of “Best High Schools.” Nationally, Upper St. Clair ranks 800 out of 20,548 high schools in the nation – among the top four percent.

    2018 Best Communities for Music Education Upper St. Clair nationally recognized for music education

    For the second year in a row, Upper St. Clair School District was named among the nation’s Best Communities for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation. Upper St. Clair is one of only 11 school districts in Allegheny County, 72 in Pennsylvania and 527 from across the country to earn the distinction in 2017. 

    According to the NAMM Foundation, the Best Communities for Music Education award program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of the curriculum. Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education.


    2017 SAT scores rank No. 10 in PA and No. 1 in region

    Upper St. Clair High School students who took the SAT college entrance exam in 2017 earned the highest composite score in Allegheny County and the 10th highest in Pennsylvania. Upper St. Clair's average composite SAT score was 1,223 (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 613, Math 610). 

    The SAT is a college readiness exam taken by approximately 1.4 million students each year in the United States. The SAT Benchmark scores of 480 in Evidence-Based Reading and Reading and 530 in Math indicate a 75 percent likelihood of achieving a C average or higher during the first year of college. Upper St. Clair students far exceeded the SAT college readiness benchmark in both subject areas.

    SHOP@USC wins top national award

    Magna Award In 2017, Upper St. Clair School District was selected as one of three national Grand Prize Winners in the 23rd annual Magna Awards program sponsored by the National School Boards Association’s magazine, American School Board Journal. Specifically, Upper St. Clair was recognized for its SHOP@USC program. The Magna Awards recognize school districts and their leaders for taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of their students and their communities.

    SHOP@USC is a pioneering, student-run business, which operates fully through the collaboration between students with significant disabilities and their same age peers without disabilities. Within SHOP, students produce and sell greeting cards, business cards, signs/banners, laser-engraved items and USC spirit wear merchandise.
    As the Grand Prize Winner in the under 5,000 students category, Upper St. Clair School District’s SHOP@USC program was highlighted in the April 2017 issue of the American School Board Journal magazine and received a $5,000 contribution. All 33 award-winning school districts were formally recognized during a special presentation at NSBA’s 77th Annual Conference, March 25-27, 2017, in Denver.

    This marks Upper St. Clair School District’s second Magna Award recognition from the National School Boards Association. In 2013, the district was named a first place winner for its Student Leadership Academy, which helps students understand how they can change the world through their leadership.

    Blue Ribbon

    National Blue Ribbon Awards

    USC has earned a total of 12 Blue Ribbon Awards – three at the High School, four at Fort Couch Middle School, two at Baker Elementary School, one at Boyce Middle School, and one each at Eisenhower and Streams elementary schools. The Blue Ribbon Program, established in 1982, focuses on excellence in leadership, curriculum, student achievement, and parent and community involvement. These awards validate our district’s continued and evolving commitment to education and our community’s involvement in that endeavor.


    Newsweek ranks USC High School #113 in the nation

    America's Top High Schools Upper St. Clair High School has been named one of America’s Top High Schools by Newsweek magazine – ranking 113th in the nation. Ranked fifth in Pennsylvania, Upper St. Clair is one of only 28 high schools in the commonwealth and four in Allegheny County to earn this distinction in 2016. Newsweek released its rankings in August 2016.

    Newsweek ranks the nation’s top 500 high schools based on criteria that includes proficiency rates on state standardized assessments, college enrollment rate, graduation rate, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate participation and scores, SAT and ACT scores, counselor/student ratio, and student enrollment retention from grade nine through 12. 

    USCHS named a top STEM school in Pa.

    #3 STEM HS In recognition of the company’s large demand for a skilled workforce in Pennsylvania, Shell Oil Company released its ranking of the Top 10 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) high schools, and Upper St. Clair High School was ranked third in Pennsylvania.

    Children at Risk, a non-profit that works to improve the quality of life for children through strategic research, public policy analysis, education, collaboration and advocacy, conducted the research on behalf of Shell Oil Company.

    High schools were measured on a set of math and science specific indicators that capture both performance and engagement, including performance on math and science standardized tests and college entrance exams, as well as offerings and enrollment in advanced math and science courses.


    Exceptional rankings by Pittsburgh Business Times Guide to Western PA Schools

    Upper St. Clair School District ranks second among 103 school districts throughout the seven-county region and 5th among the commonwealth’s 500 school districts, according to the 2018 Guide to Western Pennsylvania Schools, published by the Pittsburgh Business Times. Rankings are based upon PSSA scores and the Keystone exams – three years of data are used, with the current year given the most weight.

    Middle Schools Re-Designated as Donald Eichhorn Schools to Watch

    Schools to Watch

    Boyce and Fort Couch middle schools were named Pennsylvania Don Eichhorn Schools to Watch in January 2017. This marks the fourth time that the USC middle schools have earned this honor – a feat accomplished by only two other Pennsylvania schools. Boyce and Fort Couch first earned Schools to Watch honors in 2008. The schools were re-designated as Schools To Watch in 2011, 2014 and 2017. 

    Schools to Watch selection is based on a written application that requires schools to show how they meet criteria developed by the National Forum. Schools that appear to meet the criteria are then visited by state teams, which observe classrooms; interview administrators, teachers, students and parents; and look at achievement data, suspension rates, quality of lessons and student work.

    Fort Couch named among the Best Middle Schools in the nation

    tbsbanner In 2014, TheBestSchools.org ranked Fort Couch Middle School as No. 14 among the 50 best middle schools in the country, the only Pennsylvania school receiving this designation.

    Schools are evaluated based on several weighted factors, including academic excellence, NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) scores, state assessment scores, received awards and rankings, geographical diversity, and reputation. TheBestSchools.org is a leading resource for prospective students seeking a college or university degree.