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FAQs

Will my child wear a uniform?

Yes, starting in Kindergarten, St. Edmund’s Academy students wear uniforms. Uniforms help set the tone for a serious day of school and are part of a long school tradition. Boys wear pants and shirts in school colors. Girls wear pants, jumpers or kilts in school colors. All students in grades 1-8 wear a maroon blazer and tie on Chapel days. Chapel uniforms are required on some field trips. Upper School students wear navy or maroon blazers on non-Chapel days.

How much homework should my child expect?

Homework is an integral part of daily school life. It is a valuable tool in the acquisition of new skills and the reinforcement of learned ones. Well-planned assignments encourage the growth of study skills and organizational skills, and a sense of competency and confidence in each student. The amount of time required for homework assignments will increase as a student moves from the Lower School grades to the Upper School. In the Lower School, homework takes the form of practice and drill in reading, mathematics, spelling, and penmanship. It usually does not exceed 20 to 60 minutes each evening, increasing as the years progress. In the Upper School, a student may be assigned approximately 20 to 30 minutes of homework in each academic subject. The purpose of assignments may be memorization of new words or concepts, completion of drills to reinforce concepts, reading new information, writing and analytical skills, or studying in preparation for a test. No more than two major academic tests are assigned for one day and an online test calendar is available for parents and students.

Is St. Edmund’s Academy a parochial school?

No. St. Edmund’s Academy, a nonsectarian, independent school, is a private alternative to the public schools in the Pittsburgh area.

What is the Chapel service like?

The weekly, 45-minute Chapel service, held in the adjacent Church of the Redeemer, is a cherished school tradition. With song, a talk from the Worship Leader or a 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.

How is lunch handled?

Students eat lunch in the cafeteria with their teachers. They may pack a lunch or buy from the cafeteria, where all food is cooked at the school. Parents are billed for lunches monthly. Please refer to the School Life tab to see more details on the Lunch Program.

A St. Edmund’s Academy education ends at 8th grade. Why?

St. Edmund’s Academy focuses on the critical early years of its students. Upper School, fifth through eighth grade, can be particularly challenging. At St. Edmund’s Academy those students assume leadership roles that build character and self-confidence. The school isn’t distracted by the particular demands of high school, such as college choice, social pressures and other important issues. St. Edmund’s Academy provides information and placement services for local high schools.

How can I receive information about schools to consider after St. Edmund’s Academy?

Click here to submit your request via email or you can call 412-521-1907 ext. 121.

Who can tell me about the Secondary School Admission Test?

Click here to submit your questions via email or you can call 412-521-1907 ext. 139 to speak with Ms. Susan Miller.

Is after-school care available?

Yes. The school’s Extended Day program runs from 3:25 until 6:00 p.m. for all students. Parents may pay a daily rate or a flat rate for the year. Extended Day staff oversee homework and provide a snack for the students. After homework, students may play outside, work on computers or take part in sports.

How can I get a copy of school transcripts?

You can submit your request by calling 412-521-1907 ext. 111. We will send you a request for information/release form to complete and return.

What transportation is provided to and from St. Edmund’s Academy?

Students who live more than 1.5 miles in the city of Pittsburgh from St. Edmund’s Academy will be picked up by bus via the Pittsburgh Public School system. Students who may encounter a dangerous walking route may also be picked up by bus via the Pittsburgh Public School system. Students who live in outlying areas must contact their local school district to determine transportation options.

How long is the school day?

Students are expected to be in the school building by 8:00 a.m., and in their homeroom by 8:05 a.m. Classes begin at 8:10 a.m. and dismissal is at 3:25 p.m.

Is financial aid available?

Yes. Financial aid is awarded on the basis of need as determined by the School Student Service and Financial Aid Application. The Director of Finance & Operations will address your questions confidentially. Financial need won’t influence whether your child is accepted at St. Edmund’s Academy.

What sports are offered at St. Edmund’s Academy?

St. Edmund’s Academy offers competitive interscholastic athletics for Upper School students in soccer, field hockey, cross country, basketball and lacrosse at its field house and school playing fields on Darlington Road and Forbes Avenue. Students in Grades 2-8 may take part in the interscholastic cross-country running team. 3rd through 5th Grade students can participate in a co-ed Saturday morning basketball clinic during the months of February and March. All students in Preschool through 8th Grade take Physical Education class.

How many students are enrolled at St. Edmund’s Academy?

The St. Edmund’s Academy student body enrollment is 286 students, with an average class size of 15 students. St. Edmund’s Academy has 29% minority enrollment. The overall student/teacher ratio is 7:1.

How can parents become involved?

Click here for Parent Teacher Association.
Click here for Family Involvement.


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