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Best public high schools in Pittsburgh, PA
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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, Penn. 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
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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 and activities grade: B+

#19. South Park Senior High School
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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 and activities grade: B+

#18. Norwin Senior High School
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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 and activities grade: A

#17. Franklin Regional Senior High School
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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 and activities grade: A-

#16. Beaver Area Senior High School
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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 and activities grade: A-

#15. Bethel Park High School
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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 and activities grade: A+

#14. 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 and activities grade: C+

#13. 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 and activities grade: A+

#12. Moon Senior High School
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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 and activities grade: A-

#11. CAPA - Creative & Performing Arts
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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 and activities grade: A-

#10. Pine-Richland High School
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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 and activities grade: A

#9. Peters Township High School
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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 and activities grade: B

#8. Allderdice High School
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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 and activities grade: B

#7. South Fayette Township High School
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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 and activities grade: A

#6. Hampton High School
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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 and activities grade: A-

#5. Quaker Valley High School
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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 and activities grade: A+

#4. 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 and activities grade: A

#3. Mt. Lebanon Senior High School
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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 and activities grade: A+

#2. 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 and activities grade: A+

#1. North Allegheny High School
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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 and activities grade: A+

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