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    Best public high schools in Pittsburgh, PA

    Amongst the biggest crossroads parents will ever encounter is where to send their kids to receive an education—whether that be kindergarten, elementary school, or even as far in their development as college. There are tons of different factors to consider when picking a high school, and they all vary between schools. Not to mention, one’s adolescence is a period in their life responsible for some of the most significant physical, cognitive, and social changes they’ll ever experience.

    As such, it is important to consider not only the quality of education a child might receive at each respective school, but also the quality of the people and experiences at their disposal. While many parents consider investing in private school for their children in the hopes that their financial contribution to their child’s education will offer them a leg up on the competition, studies show that public schools may attract better teachers, offer more commitment to students, and ultimately expose children to more diverse people and experiences.

    In an attempt to make this stressful decision a little easier on parents, Stacker data from Niche in order to compile a ranking of the 20 best public schools in Pittsburgh, PA. The schools are ranked according to a collection of key factors such as student-to-teacher ratio, quality of students, quality of teachers, and degree of diversity. Read on to learn which school may be the best place to send your future superstar.

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    #20. Greater Latrobe Senior High School

    Location: Greater Latrobe School District, PA
    Student population: 1,002; Student-teacher ratio: 19:1
    Reading proficiency: 90%; Math proficiency: 82%

    Average graduation rate: 94%
    Overall Niche grade: A-
    Academics grade: A-
    Clubs & activities grade: B+

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    #19. South Park Senior High School

    Location: South Park School District, PA
    Student population: 626; Student-teacher ratio: 15:1
    Reading proficiency: 87%; Math proficiency: 82%

    Average graduation rate: 95%
    Overall Niche grade: A-
    Academics grade: A-
    Clubs & activities grade: B+

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    #18. Norwin Senior High School

    Location: Norwin School District, PA
    Student population: 1,614; Student-teacher ratio: 16:1
    Reading proficiency: 88%; Math proficiency: 69%

    Average graduation rate: 97%
    Overall Niche grade: A-
    Academics grade: A-
    Clubs & activities grade: A

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    #17. Franklin Regional Senior High School

    Location: Franklin Regional School District, PA
    Student population: 1,223; Student-teacher ratio: 17:1
    Reading proficiency: 83%; Math proficiency: 68%

    Average graduation rate: 98%
    Overall Niche grade: A-
    Academics grade: A
    Clubs & activities grade: A-

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    #16. Beaver Area Senior High School

    Location: Beaver Area School District, PA
    Student population: 727; Student-teacher ratio: 20:1
    Reading proficiency: 87%; Math proficiency: 87%

    Average graduation rate: 95%
    Overall Niche grade: A-
    Academics grade: A-
    Clubs & activities grade: A-

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    #15. Bethel Park High School

    Location: Bethel Park School District, PA
    Student population: 1,528; Student-teacher ratio: 14:1
    Reading proficiency: 83%; Math proficiency: 76%

    Average graduation rate: 95%
    Overall Niche grade: A
    Academics grade: A-
    Clubs & activities grade: A+

  • Mars Area Senior High School
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    #14. Mars Area Senior High School

    Location: Mars Area School District, PA
    Student population: 1,031; Student-teacher ratio: 15:1
    Reading proficiency: 95%; Math proficiency: 89%

    Average graduation rate: 97%
    Overall Niche grade: A
    Academics grade: A
    Clubs & activities grade: C+

  • North Hills Senior High School
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    #13. North Hills Senior High School

    Location: North Hills School District, PA
    Student population: 1,437; Student-teacher ratio: 14:1
    Reading proficiency: 83%; Math proficiency: 79%

    Average graduation rate: 96%
    Overall Niche grade: A
    Academics grade: A
    Clubs & activities grade: A+

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    #12. Moon Senior High School

    Location: Moon Area School District, PA
    Student population: 1,193; Student-teacher ratio: 13:1
    Reading proficiency: 93%; Math proficiency: 86%

    Average graduation rate: 97%
    Overall Niche grade: A
    Academics grade: A
    Clubs & activities grade: A-

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    #11. CAPA - Creative & Performing Arts

    Location: Pittsburgh Public Schools, PA
    Student population: 948; Student-teacher ratio: 19:1
    Reading proficiency: 85%; Math proficiency: 59%

    Average graduation rate: 95%
    Overall Niche grade: A
    Academics grade: A-
    Clubs & activities grade: A-

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    #10. Pine-Richland High School

    Location: Pine-Richland School District, PA
    Student population: 1,538; Student-teacher ratio: 15:1
    Reading proficiency: 92%; Math proficiency: 86%

    Average graduation rate: 99%
    Overall Niche grade: A
    Academics grade: A
    Clubs & activities grade: A

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    #9. Peters Township High School

    Location: Peters Township School District, PA
    Student population: 1,463; Student-teacher ratio: 16:1
    Reading proficiency: 96%; Math proficiency: 93%

    Average graduation rate: 99%
    Overall Niche grade: A
    Academics grade: A+
    Clubs & activities grade: B

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    #8. Allderdice High School

    Location: Pittsburgh Public Schools, PA
    Student population: 1,434; Student-teacher ratio: 16:1
    Reading proficiency: 81%; Math proficiency: 64%

    Average graduation rate: 86%
    Overall Niche grade: A
    Academics grade: A-
    Clubs & activities grade: B

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    #7. South Fayette Township High School

    Location: South Fayette Township School District, PA
    Student population: 812; Student-teacher ratio: 15:1
    Reading proficiency: 90%; Math proficiency: 95%

    Average graduation rate: 95%
    Overall Niche grade: A
    Academics grade: A
    Clubs & activities grade: A

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    #6. Hampton High School

    Location: Hampton Township School District, PA
    Student population: 1,037; Student-teacher ratio: 16:1
    Reading proficiency: 97%; Math proficiency: 91%

    Average graduation rate: 99%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Academics grade: A+
    Clubs & activities grade: A-

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    #5. Quaker Valley High School

    Location: Quaker Valley School District, PA
    Student population: 633; Student-teacher ratio: 13:1
    Reading proficiency: 82%; Math proficiency: 77%

    Average graduation rate: 95%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Academics grade: A+
    Clubs & activities grade: A+

  • Upper St. Clair High School
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    #4. Upper St. Clair High School

    Location: Upper St. Clair School District, PA
    Student population: 1,376; Student-teacher ratio: 16:1
    Reading proficiency: 91%; Math proficiency: 81%

    Average graduation rate: 98%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Academics grade: A+
    Clubs & activities grade: A

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    #3. Mt. Lebanon Senior High School

    Location: Mt. Lebanon School District, PA
    Student population: 1,735; Student-teacher ratio: 15:1
    Reading proficiency: 96%; Math proficiency: 91%

    Average graduation rate: 99%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Academics grade: A+
    Clubs & activities grade: A+

  • Fox Chapel Area High School
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    #2. Fox Chapel Area High School

    Location: Fox Chapel Area School District, PA
    Student population: 1,404; Student-teacher ratio: 13:1
    Reading proficiency: 91%; Math proficiency: 89%

    Average graduation rate: 98%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Academics grade: A+
    Clubs & activities grade: A+

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    #1. North Allegheny High School

    Location: North Allegheny School District, PA
    Student population: 2,693; Student-teacher ratio: 15:1
    Reading proficiency: 96%; Math proficiency: 93%

    Average graduation rate: 97%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Academics grade: A+
    Clubs & activities grade: A+

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