Welcome to the Admissions Office of St. Edmund’s Academy!
Since 1947, St. Edmund’s Academy’s focus on both academic rigor and character education has served as our distinguishing trademark in Pittsburgh. Throughout the years, that reputation has evolved with our student population and now includes recognition of our diverse population as a key element of our unique identity. Academics—character—diversity. These are the key tenets we hold dear and to which prospective families are drawn when seeking such an educational environment for their children.
You are in the midst of an incredibly important and exciting period of your child’s life. Whether you’re looking for a creative and nurturing early childhood program for your toddler or a more rigorous and well-rounded academic program for your middle school child, selecting a school is one of the most important decisions you will make in their young lives. At St. Edmund’s Academy, we know that choosing a school for your children means more than choosing a building where they will learn. It effectively means selecting a partner in the most formative time and experiences of your child’s life. We recognize how important this decision is to you. It is very important to us as well. We have spent decades building and cultivating the kind of community that, while remarkably diverse, has come together with the common goal of educating children in a way that challenges their minds, nurtures their emotional development, and intentionally instills a strong foundation of character to ensure that our children are scholarly, well-rounded, and—to put it quite simply—kind. This admissions process illustrates what we, as a school community, believe and how we enact those philosophies in our daily practice.
Our admissions decisions are quite careful and selective, but the process is never meant to induce anxiety or to project an air of elitism. We want to make sure that our mission and values closely match a family’s expectations and that your child will thrive from a cognitive, social, and emotional standpoint in our classrooms. This journey of discovery takes some time but, as an educator and a parent, it is my pleasure to walk you down this path. I encourage you to take as much time and ask as many questions as you need to discern between rhetoric and practice. We look forward to getting to know you well in the upcoming months, to discover the wonderful gifts and talents that your child could add to our school, and to see how they might benefit from our unique approach to academic and character education.
Thank you for your interest in our school and I look forward to working with you and your child!
Director of Admissions