Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy

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Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy
Pride, Honor, Respect
2825 State Street
Erie, Pennsylvania, 16508
United States
Type Public, Charter
Established 1997
Number of students 900

The Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy (abbreviated NPCA), or just Collegiate Academy or Academy High School, is located in midtown Erie, Pennsylvania. The school boasts a 100% college acceptance rate among recent graduates.[1] As of July 2013, Collegiate Academy was ranked as the #2 high school in Pennsylvania and #123 nationally by Newsweek, and #3 in the state and #174 in the country by U.S. News & World Report. A minimum of 3 AP credits out of 29 total credits is required for graduation. The class of 2012 received over $16.5 million in college scholarship offers.


Though Collegiate Academy does not compete in athletic competitions, the students may play sports for a number of other schools in the area.

Most notably in 2013, the Central Tech High School boys soccer team, an association football team, won a share of the District 10, Region AAA title. Eight NPCA seniors (Class of 2014), now graduates, were regular first team players and included Dawson Baloga, Andrew Delgado, Patrick Frawley, Logan Henry, Jasmin Husejnovic, Jordan Manson, Vincent Stankiewicz, and Alex Yacobozzi.[2]

Admission Requirements[edit]

  • Grade point average of 3.0 or greater [3]
  • National standardized test scores at the 75th percentile or greater
  • Two teacher recommendations

Any out-of-district student who meets the acceptance criteria but cannot be accepted because of the cap can elect to pay tuition. Tuition for the 2008-2009 school year is approximately $3100. As of the 2011-2012 school year, all out of district students must pay tuition of still around $3100. This resulted in many students returning to their home school.

Academic Competitions[edit]

Collegiate Academy has an impressive record of success in its involvement with the Academic Sports League. The Academic Sports League is an extracurricular activity that allows students to compete in academic subject areas such as music, art, language, literature, math, and science. Over the last three years, Academic Sports League students have received more than two million dollars in scholarships.[4]

Collegiate Academy's participation in the Academic Sports League has garnered national recognition through the United States Academic Decathlon. NPCA won its division in the 2005 and 2009 national competitions, and finished in third place in its division as well as ninth overall in 2008 and seventh overall in 2009.[5]

FIRST Robotics: CIA Team 291[edit]

Since 2005 Collegiate Academy has fielded a team in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition.

2005- The team placed fifth at 2005 Pittsburgh Regional and won the Motorola Quality Award for having built the robot with the most rugged and reliable design.[6]

2006- At the 2006 Pittsburgh Regional the team won the Johnson and Johnson Sportsmanship Award, the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Entrepreneurship Award, and the Industrial Safety Award. The team moved up to states at Philadelphia and placed third seed and won the General Motors Industrial Design Award. The team advanced to the Championships in Atlanta, Georgia. There, the team advanced to the quarter-finals of their division.[7]

2007 - At the 2007 Pittsburgh Regional, the team was the 8th seeded team, and was picked up by the 3rd seeded team. Two weeks later the team traveled to the Buckeye Regional. The team was successful at the Buckeye Regional, ending qualifiers 7-1-0, and gained the #1 seed. For the second year in a row, the team advanced to the Championships in Atlanta, Georgia. They ended 3-4-0 in Atlanta, finishing in the top half of the team's division.[8]

2008 - In the 2008 Pittsburgh Regional, the team was chosen by the #1 seed team, #375, to be in an alliance with Team #2544 from Harbocreek High School. This alliance went undefeated until the finals, where the team lost due to a line penalty in the final round. The team won the Chairman's Award for professionalism and community outreach. During the Great Lakes regional in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the team finished qualifying rounds leading the eighth-seed alliance for the elimination rounds. Although the team lost in quarter-finals, they won the Delphi's Driving Tomorrow's Technology Award. After competing in these two regionals, they traveled to Atlanta to compete for the national Chairman's Award. In the Atlanta Championships, the team finished in the upper half of the Galileo division.[9]

In addition to success in competitions, Collegiate Academy's Team 291 has also done service to the local community. Team 291 works in the Erie area to bring FIRST Lego League (FLL) to as many students as possible. Team 291 students serve as mentors to over a dozen teams in the area, providing information to these FLL teams and leadership experience for the student mentors. Team 291 also helps to run the local FLL regional competition. Students enjoy a day of friendly competition and a chance to show off their work to parents, teachers, and fellow students. Team 291 has also been a participant in the sporting events around Erie by displaying the robot at the Erie Seawolves and the Erie RiverRats.


  1. ^ "Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy". Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy. Retrieved 2008-12-10. 
  2. ^ Reisenweber, Tom. "Corner Kick - Central Tech." GoErie. Erie Times News, 22 Aug. 2014. Web.
  3. ^ "Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy". Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  4. ^ "ASL". Erie City School District. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  5. ^ "United States Academic Decathlon : 2008 Nationals Champs!". United States Academic Decathlon. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  6. ^ "Team 291 Archive: 2005". CIA Team 291. Retrieved 2009-08-16. 
  7. ^ "Team 291 Archive: 2006". CIA Team 291. Retrieved 2009-08-16. 
  8. ^ "Team 291 Archive: 2007". CIA Team 291. Retrieved 2009-08-16. 
  9. ^ "Team 291 Archive: 2005". CIA Team 291. Retrieved 2009-08-16. 

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