No, St. Edmund’s Academy is not religiously affiliated. In 1952, Pauline Seeley Mudge donated the site on Darlington Road in memory of her late husband Edmund W. Mudge, a Pittsburgh industrialist and civic leader. The school was named in honor of Mr. Mudge, and the story of St. Edmund, the boy king of East Anglia in the 10th century, was adopted to serve as a reminder to students of the importance of honor, bravery, courage, and loyalty.
Originally founded in the Episcopalian faith, school founders desired a school that was both academically challenging but that also instilled a strong moral character in its students. At its origination, the school accomplished this through a variety of methods including public recognition of positive behaviors and character traits and a weekly chapel service. While this practice has evolved to better reflect the diverse community of families that attend SEA, the strong emphasis on character development remains and our Core Values unite our remarkably diverse community.
Learn more about the history and founding of our school.
SEA is intentionally designed to be a Preschool – 8th Grade school, focusing on the critical developmental years of its students. Without a high school, we are able to conserve our time and resources to benefit each child in each grade. Our students are connected – it is just as common to see 3rd and 4th graders collaborating on a project as it is to see a Kindergartner and an 8th grader playing together on the field. Our students have authentic leadership opportunities as they move through the grades, culminating with their 8th Grade year where they serve as the true leaders and role models for other students in the school.
The ideal time to apply is the fall before your child would enroll. For the 2022-2023 school year, applications to the Early Childhood Division (Preschool, PreK, Junior Kindergarten, and Kindergarten) are due by January 10, 2022. Applications to Grades 1 - 8 are due by February 15, 2023. Admission to the school outside of the traditional admissions season occurs on a rolling basis, if space permits in a particular grade level.
Families who attend St. Edmund’s Academy live in many of the surrounding Pittsburgh communities including Squirrel Hill, Shadyside, Highland Park, Point Breeze, and others. Students from over 35 zip codes join SEA each year.
The Class of 2019 will enter their freshman year at the following colleges and universities this year:
Boston University Carnegie Mellon University Case Western Reserve University Coastal Carolina University Colgate University Cornell University Duquesne University Elon University Fordham University Miami University Syracuse University University of North Carolina School of the Arts University of Pennsylvania University of Pittsburgh University of Rochester University of Vermont Penn State University Indiana University of Pennsylvnia Temple University Emory University Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
SEA graduates attend many of the local independent, public, and parochial schools as well as boarding schools in other cities. Throughout their 7th and 8th Grade years, students and families meet with advisors to discuss their desired options for secondary schools. Students visit a variety of schools and are counseled through their selection process, which will ultimately help prepare them for the college selection process.
Our current graduates attending 23 different high schools, including:
It's not uncommon for students to transfer to the Upper School (5th through 8th grade) at St. Edmund's Academy. Families often make this change to make sure their children are as prepared as possible for the academic expectations of high school. Other families transfer for social reasons into a middle school environment where students are notoriously kind and where faculty nurture students' independence, leadership skills, and character. When space permits, we happily consider for admissions students who would benefit from this type of environment and whose academic preparation situates them to thrive, with guidance, in our classes.
Parents are invited to help in the classroom and at events during various times in the year. The PTA welcomes parent volunteers at all levels of commitment – regardless of your schedule, there are ways to become involved at SEA. We also eagerly welcome involvement from other families, including grandparents, aunts/uncles, older siblings, and other persons of significance in the lives of our students.
Yes. The school day goes from 8:00 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.. Students are able to enter the building as early as 7:30 a.m. and may wait in the auditorium with teachers and peers.
Our After School Program runs from 3:25 until 6:00 p.m. for students in Preschool through 6th Grade and is comprised of two parts: Extended Day and SEA Explorers. In Extended Day, children can participate in crafts, games, sports, and outdoor play. For students with homework, a separate room is designated as a quiet space for study hall. Families can sign their children up for special enrichment classes in addition to Extended Day through SEA Explorers. Programs cater to a wide range of interests from yoga to cooking to robotics. All children in the After School Program are provided an after school snack.
Yes. Socioeconomic range in our school community is important to our commitment to a diverse population and we are happy to provide over 40% of our families with financial aid. Aid is awarded on the basis of need as determined by the Clarity Financial Aid Application.
Families in the independent school system are often drawn to our collective reputation for academic excellence and high expectations of students. We recruit the best teachers from around the country to work with our students, and we provide them with resources, professional development, and class sizes so that they can be creative and facilitate optimal learning environments for student engagement and discovery without restrictions imposed from outside sources.
While we do not offer discounts to families with multiple children, the Clarity Financial Aid application accounts for families with multiple children, among other extenuating factors that could impact a family’s ability to pay full tuition costs.
The Pittsburgh Public School District buses SEA students to and from school. PPS will provide transportation to students (Kindergarten – 8th grade) who live in the district and live more than 1.5 miles from SEA. Additionally, twenty other school districts provide transportation for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade, including:
Pittsburgh Public Schools (if student lives over 1.5 miles from school)
Guided by our Core Values and commitment to high standards, St. Edmund’s Academy provides a diverse, inclusive, and nurturing learning community where students are known, valued, and challenged to achieve their potential.