Families explore their educational options at the 2016 Pittsburgh School Choice Fair. Photo credit: Rachel Amankulor

PITTSBURGH, PA – On Saturday, Pittsburgh-area schools from every sector, including district magnet, public charter and nonpublic, joined together to provide parents and families of K-12 students with information about their educational options.

At the 2016 Pittsburgh Charter School Fair, 44 schools were represented to provide attendees with information about their application process, the focus of their curriculum and programming, and share why parents chose their schools.

A board array of families were there to learn more – from parents with preschool age children curious about kindergarten options to parents of children in middle school looking for high school options.

Parents such as LaDonna Dozier said that the fair helped her understand the many different school options available in Pittsburgh.

“All parents worry about whether their child is in the right school and so many don’t even know the steps to find or apply to the right school,” Dozier said.

The Fair was co-hosted by A+ Schools and the Pennsylvania Campaign for Achievement Now (PennCAN) with the intention of bringing awareness to the educational options available to Pittsburgh-area students, and help parents understand and navigate the various application processes.

“It is vital that parents know about their school options. Education is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ experience and the learning environment that works for one student doesn’t necessarily work well for another,” Rachel Amankulor, Deputy Director of Policy for PennCAN, said. “Whether parents are looking for a unique program of study for their student or just desperate to escape a low-performing school, school choice is imperative. PennCAN came together with A+ Schools because we want to make the process of finding the right school as easy as possible for families.”

Amankulor indicated that PennCAN’s intention is to make the Pittsburgh School Choice Fair an annual event for families.

Media Contacts:

PennCAN – Jessica Hickernell, 717-371-8155

A+ Schools – James Fogarty, 415-608-2714



Note: Below is a list of schools that participated in the Pittsburgh Charter School Fair

Full Magnet Schools in Pittsburgh Public Schools*

School Grades/Academic Focus Location/Neighborhood
Allegheny K-5 K-5 North Side
Allegheny 6-8 6-8 North Side
Carmalt K-8/Science & Technology Brookline
Classical 6-8 West End
CAPA 6-12/Creative & Performing Arts Downtown
Dilworth K-5/Arts & Humanities Highland Park
Liberty K-5/Spanish Language Shadyside
Linden K-5/German & Mandarin Language Point Breeze
Montessori K-5/Montessori Friendship
Obama 6-12/International Studies East Liberty
Science & Technology Academy 6-12/Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Oakland

*PPS also has neighborhood schools that have special magnet programs.


Charter Schools

School Grades/Academic Focus Location/Neighborhood
Academy Charter School Serves students in grades 8-12 who are chronically truant Pittsburgh Southside
Career Tech Charter High School Planning to open its doors in 2018 to serve grades 9-12 TBD
City Charter High School 9-12 Downtown Pittsburgh
Environmental Charter School K-8 Regent Square
Manchester Academic Charter School K-8 North Side
Penn Hill Charter School of Entrepreneurship K-7 (growing to K-8 by 2017-18) Penn Hills
Propel Andrew Street High School 9-12 Munhall
Propel Braddock Hills Elementary School K-5 Braddock Hills
Propel Braddock Hills Middle School 6-8 Braddock Hills
Propel Braddock Hills High School 9-12 Braddock Hills
Propel East K-8 Turtle Creek
Propel Hazelwood K-6 (growing to K-8 by 2018-19) Hazelwood
Propel Homestead K-8 Homestead
Propel McKeesport K-8 McKeesport
Propel Montour Elementary School K-8 Montour
Propel Montour High School Opening to 9th graders in 2017-18 Montour
Propel Northside K-8 North Side
Propel Pitcairn K-8 Pitcairn
Provident Charter School 3-4 (growing to 3-8 by 2021)/serves children with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences North Side
Spectrum Charter School For students aged 13-21 who have unique cognitive, communication, and sensory challenges, including students with autism Monroeville
Urban Pathways K-5 College Charter School K-5 Downtown Pittsburgh
Urban Pathways 6-12 Charter School 6-12 Downtown Pittsburgh
Urban Academy of Greater Pittsburgh Charter School K-5 Larimer


Nonpublic Schools

School Grades/Students Served Location/Neighborhood
Campus School of Carlow University Preschool to 8 Oakland
Falk Laboratory School K-8 Oakland
Holy Family Academy 9-12 Emsworth (6 miles from North Side)
Kentucky Avenue School K-8 Shadyside
Kiski 9-12 Saltsburg
Linsly 5-12 Wheeling, West Virginia
Neighborhood Academy 6-7 (all boys) and 8-12 (co-ed) Stanton Heights
Pittsburgh Urban Christian School K-8 Wilkinsburg
St. Edmunds’s Academy Preschool to 8 Squirrel Hill
Three Rivers Village School Ages 5-19





Jessica is the Public Affairs Manager at PennCAN.


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