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Why St. Edmund's

Welcome to St. Edmund's Academy! We are a private, independent, non-denominational, co-ed Preschool through 8th Grade day school located in Pittsburgh, PA. We believe that a focused elementary and middle school experience is the best beginning to a successful academic career. We believe in educational excellence, small classes, and inspired teaching and learning. We believe in a strong partnership between home and school, and we work together with one goal in mind: what is best for your child. Learning takes place in the classroom, in workshops, in Chapel, on the playing fields, through community service projects, and at home. Our commitment to diversity is vital to our essential culture and foremost in our Core Values. Our Core Values are a guide to achieving our goals and growing as people. Because of our Preschool through 8th Grade structure, we are experts in these crucial formative years and aware that the benefits will last a lifetime. Our Squirrel Hill campus is conveniently located near Pittsburgh's universities and medical centers.

Visit us on Darlington Road to experience first-hand the vibrant, child-centered community of St. Edmund's Academy. After school care and summer camp are also offered.

Mission

St. Edmund's Academy provides an exceptional independent school experience for Preschool through Eighth grade students combining rigorous academic curriculum with enduring Core Values and rich tradition in a nurturing environment.

Core Values

A St. Edmund’s Academy education is best understood through its six Core Values, which are woven into the daily life of the school. These values articulate the high expectations of St. Edmund’s Academy students and help build a strong sense of self for its students.

• Respect for the needs and feelings of others
• Understanding and appreciation of the differences among people
• The worthiness of service to others
• The importance of taking responsibility for one's own conduct
• The central role of honesty in relationships
• The value of setting high standards in all endeavors

Vision Statement

Through inspired teaching and learning, St. Edmund’s Academy strives to offer an exceptional education that builds a life-long foundation of strong personal character, intellectual discovery and curiosity in its students.

History

St. Edmund’s Academy was founded in 1947 by a group of mothers and the Church of the Ascension. In 1952 Pauline Seeley Mudge, widow of Edmund W. Mudge, Pittsburgh industrialist and civic leader, donated land adjacent to the Church of the Redeemer, which became the new home of the school. The school was named in honor of Edmund Mudge and the boy king of East Anglia in the 10th century. What began as an Episcopal school for boys evolved into a coeducational school for all faiths, united by it's Core Values and high standards.

Preschool – 8th Grade

St. Edmund’s Academy’s Preschool through 8th Grade program has many benefits, starting with the social interaction among its students. We believe—and research shows—that it is good for younger students to have older role models to help them grasp the purpose and progression of their education. Our Upper School students (Grades 5-8) are given special opportunities to mature as leaders with a sense of accountability.

Research also demonstrates that eighth graders in Preschool through 8th Grade schools post higher test scores, display higher grades in ninth grade, and are less likely to succumb to negative peer pressure. This doesn’t surprise us. Our faculty and administrators, trained in child development and elementary/middle school education, form strong bonds with our students. Those relationships help drive home to our students that their ideas and actions matter.

Students leave St. Edmund's Academy as strong members of our community, well-rounded and well-prepared for the challenges of secondary school.

Commitment to Diversity

St. Edmund’s Academy believes that diversity is an educational imperative. Our educational mission is to promote personal growth in the areas of social interaction, self-awareness and self-confidence, and respect for others in the community of which the school is a part. We will accomplish our educational mission by enabling students to understand, respect and celebrate differences while recognizing our common goals of character formation and intellectual preparation.

We believe that diversity provides richness and meaning, not merely difference. Our race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, culture, intellect, family structure, physical ability and social economic circumstances help define us as individuals. Students, parents, faculty, and administrators, all of whom bring different backgrounds, perspectives and talents to St. Edmund’s Academy, contribute to a varied and comprehensive learning experience. We are committed to increasing diversity among students, faculty and administration. St. Edmund’s Academy actively seeks ways to promote understanding and appreciation of diversity and to honor the contributions of all peoples.

Chapel

The weekly, 45-minute service, held in the adjacent Church of the Redeemer, is a cherished school tradition. With song, a talk from the Worship Leader or guest speaker, and a celebration of the many ways that the students demonstrate the school’s Core Values, it is a warm and meaningful gathering of the school community. Parents and friends of all faiths are welcome. Students needn’t participate in any parts of the service that differ from their own beliefs.


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