Chartiers Valley High School

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Chartiers Valley High School
50 Thoms Run Road
Bridgeville, PA 15017 Coordinates: 40°22′48″N 80°06′10″W / 40.380014°N 80.102842°W / 40.380014; -80.102842

United States
Type Public
School district Chartiers Valley School District
Principal Dr. Amy Wodnicki and Mr. Tom Somosky
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1125 in 2009[1]
Color(s)           Red and Blue
Athletics Boys Cross-Country, Girls Cross-Country, Football, Coed Golf, Boys Ice Hockey, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Boys Tennis, Girls Tennis, Girls Volleyball, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Boys Indoor Track, Girls Indoor Track, Boys Swimming, Girls Swimming, Wrestling, Baseball, Girls Softball, Boys Track & Field, Girls Track & Field
Athletics conference WPIAL (PIAA District 7)
Mascot The Colt

Chartiers Valley High School (Established in 1959) is a public school physically located in Collier Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania,[2] USA.[3] The school's post-office address is Bridgeville, PA however.

The school district serves Collier Township, Bridgeville Borough, Scott Township and Heidelberg Borough.

The school has an olympic-sized indoor swimming pool[4] which is open to the public three evenings a week. A small fee is charged to district residents and non residents.[5]

The school's on-site stadium was home to the professional soccer team Pittsburgh Riverhounds (2008-2012).[6][7]

Graduation rate[edit]

In 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued a new, 4 year cohort graduation rate. Chartiers Valley High School's rate was 96% for 2010.[8]

According to traditional graduation rate calculations:

  • 2010 - 98%[9]
  • 2009 - 96%[10]
  • 2008 - 97%
  • 2007 - 97%[11]

Academic Achievement[edit]

In 2012, the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) ranked Chartiers Valley High School in the upper two-fifths of all Pennsylvania public high schools (263rd out of 676 high schools) based on their reading and math test scores.[12]

In 2010 the high school achieved AYP status. In 2009 the school was in Warning status due to chronic, low student achievement.[13]

PSSA Results
11th Grade Reading
  • 2010 - 73% on grade level (13% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 66% of 11th graders on grade level.[14]
  • 2009 - 64% (17% below basic), State - 65%
  • 2008 - 79%, State - 65%[15]
11th Grade Math:
  • 2010 - 65% on grade level (21% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 59% of 11th graders are on grade level
  • 2009 - 55% (26% below basic), State - 56%[16]
  • 2008 - 69%, State - 56%

11th Grade Science:

  • 2010 - 50% on grade level (7% below basic). State - 39% of 11th graders on grade level.
  • 2009 - 45% (11% below basic), State - 40%[17]
  • 2008 - 55%, State - 39%[18]

College remediation[edit]

According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 32% of Chartiers Valley School District graduates required remediation in mathematics and or reading before they were prepared to take college level courses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education or community colleges.[19] Neighboring high schools range from 17% (Upper St. Clair School District) to 53% (City of Pittsburgh School District). Less than 66% of Pennsylvania high school graduates, who enroll in a four-year college in Pennsylvania, will earn a bachelor's degree within six years. Among Pennsylvania high school graduates pursuing an associate degree, only one in three graduate in three years.[20] Per the Pennsylvania Department of Education, one in three recent high school graduates who attend Pennsylvania's public universities and community colleges takes at least one remedial course in math, reading or English.

Graduation requirements[edit]

The Chartiers Valley School Board requires that a student earn 28 credits to graduate including: English 4 credits, Mathematics 3 credits, Science 3 credits, Social Studies 3 credits (American Cultures 2, World Cultures 1), Technology 1 credit, Health 1 credit (.5 credit ninth and tenth grade), Physical Education 1 credit (.25 credit each year), FLEX program 1 credit, Arts and Humanities 3 credits and Electives 8 credits. Additionally, students must score in the proficient or advanced levels on the PSSA or a local assessment in order to graduate.[21]

By law, all Pennsylvania secondary school students must complete a project as a part of their eligibility to graduate from high school. The type of project, its rigor and its expectations are set by the individual school district.[22]

By Pennsylvania School Board regulations, for the graduating classes 2016, Chartiers Valley High School students must demonstrate successful completion of secondary level course work in Algebra I, Biology, English Composition, and Literature for which the Keystone Exams serve as the final course exams. Students’ Keystone Exam scores shall count for at least one-third of the final course grade.[23]

Dual enrollment[edit]

The high school offers a Dual Enrollment program. This state program permits high school students to take courses, at local higher education institutions, to earn college credits. Students remain enrolled at their high school. The courses count towards high school graduation requirements and towards earning a college degree. The students continue to have full access to activities and programs at their high school. The college credits are offered at a deeply discounted rate. The state offers a small grant to assist students in costs for tuition, fees and books.[24] Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions.[25]

For the 2009–10 funding year, the school district received a state grant of $14,519 for the program.[26]


In 2010, the high school received a grant of $9,801, from Highmark Healthy High 5 School Challenge, which was used to purchase the SPARK Physical Education curriculum and training for grades 9–12.[27]

Classrooms for the Future Grant

Chartiers Valley School Board received a grant from the PA Department of Education to purchase equipment to help reform the high school's core subjects instruction and to prepare students for future employment by using cutting-edge equipment and software. The district used the funds to purchase laptops for students, laptops for teachers, laptop carts and other digital equipment. The grant provided additional funding for a technology coach to instruct teachers in using the equipment to improve instruction. In 2006–07 and 2007–08 the district applied for, but was denied Classroom for the Future funding by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In 2008-09, the district received $172,705.[28] Beginning in 2006, Pennsylvania's Classrooms for the Future program distributed more than $150 million for laptops, interactive boards and other high-tech tools to 543 Pennsylvania high schools. In 2009, the Classrooms For the Future funding program was terminated due to a deep state revenue shortfall.[29]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2007, Chartiers Valley High School's Art Program was awarded the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association's Silver Globe Award. The School had previously been awarded a Bronze Globe Award in 2005.[30]

Also in 2005, Chartiers Valley's musical "Beauty and the Beast" won 5 awards at the 15th annual Gene Kelly Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theatre.[31]

Student body demographics[edit]

As of 2005:[32]

Subset Number of students Percent
All 1,142 100%
White 1067 93.4%
African American 39 3.4%
Asian 30 2.6%
Hispanic 6 0.5%
Multiracial 0 0%
American Indian 0 0%
Male 606 53.1%
Female 536 46.9%


The Chartiers Valley Colts are involved in both WPIAL Class AA, Class AAA, and Class AAAA classifications.

The Chartiers Valley Ice Hockey team possesses the high school's only team State Championship title (PIHL) to date (1986).[33][34] The Colts have advanced to the state finals twice to date (1983,1986)[35] They also won the Nailers Cup open invitation in 2005. The Colts have advanced to the AA Penguins Cup Finals, also known as the "Final Four/Semi-Finals" of PIHL "AA" hockey (1981,1983,1985,1986,1990).[35] The Colts hockey team advanced to the AA Penguins Cup semifinals, also known as the "Sweet Sixteen" of PIHL "AA" hockey (1981,1983,1985,1986,1990,2011,2012,2013).[36] The Colts were division winners [1980,1981,1986,1989,1990,2005("Open" Division),2011,2012][37][38][39][40] In the 2005 and 2007 seasons, after some unsuccessful seasons, the Colts dropped out of PIHL "AA" competition to compete in the PIHL "Open" competition, which is below the "A" level competition.[41][42] That regrouping of the program appears to have been successful, with the Colts recent return to the top of the standings. The Colts have been back in AA competition since the 2008 season. Coaching: For 20 years (circa 1978-1998), the Colts were known for their legendary coach Ed Schultz, who is now a Western Pennsylvania Hockey leader and was Chartiers Valley's first Hall of Fame Inductee in 2010. He is the only Chartiers Valley coach in history to guide a CV team of any sport to a state championship.[43][44]

The Chartiers Valley Basketball team is a two-time PIAA finalist (1998,2010),[45][46] and five time WPIAL champions under coach Tim McConnell. With a record of 23-4 and section champs in the 2006-2007 season, making it to the WPIAL Championships against West Allegheny High School, but losing in double overtime.[47] Chartiers Valley is the 2009-2010 Section 4 Champions for the fourth year in a row.In 2010, the team won the WPIAL championship again and were PIAA finalists.[48] The Post-Gazette recognized both men's and women's basketball teams as powerhouse programs. Since the 2000 season, the men have had a record of 215-53, while the women were 154-94. Combined the teams have a winning percentage of .715.[49]

The Chartiers Valley Soccer team has advanced to the PIAA finals once (2002),[50] has won the WPIAL championship a total of 4 times (1959, 1960, 1962, 2001) and were runners-up three times (1969,1973,2004).In addition, they have won their section 7 times (1969,1971,1973,1989,2001,2006,2008). Since 2001, the team has compiled a combined record of 119-52-12.[51] In that same time, they have made it to the WPIAL semifinals a total of six times.[52] Of those six times, they have continued through to the WPIAL championship twice, winning in 2001.In 2002, the team made it to the PIAA Championship where they lost 2–1. In this same time,30 players have been named All-Section, while 20 earned a place on the All-WPIAL team. Moreover, this span has produced 6 All-State players, 4 East Regional All-Americans, 2 Region II All-Americans and 2 National All-Americans (not including repeat winners and without information on the 2003 and 2004 seasons). This tradition has produced a total of nine professional players and three professional coaches.[citation needed]

The Chartiers Valley Girls Basketball team is a PIAA semi-finalist for the second season in a row (2012, 2013). Also in 2013, CV competed in its first WPIAL final, losing to Bethel Park (but DID qualify for the PIAA tournament).

The Chartiers Valley Football team has made the WPIAL playoffs consistently in recent years (1981, 1982, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011).[53]

In the fall of 2013, The Chartiers Valley High School Cross Country (led by Coach Poe) team posted its best record in the section ever at 4-4. In addition, there were some other bright spots from this season as well. First off, the sophomore class came out strong this year; as 4 of the top 7 runners were in 10th grade. This means that the team is looking good in years to come. The team posted a 3-5 record for the 2014 season.

Notable alumni[edit]


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