Quaker Valley High School

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Quaker Valley High School
Location
625 Beaver St., Leetsdale, PA 15056 Coordinates: 40°33′39″N 80°12′12″W / 40.56083°N 80.20333°W / 40.56083; -80.20333
Information
Type Public
Established 1956
School district Quaker Valley School District
Grades 9–12
Color(s) Black, White, and a hint of Gold
Mascot Quaker
Information (412) 749-6000
Website

Quaker Valley High School is a high school located in Leetsdale, Pennsylvania. The school is one of the four National Blue Ribbon Schools that comprise the Quaker Valley School District.

The high school serves an average of 640 students in grades 9 through 12 and has a 99% graduation rate. Ninety percent of graduates go on to post secondary education at a two or four-year college or university.[citation needed]

Quaker Valley High School offers a college-preparatory core curriculum with elective courses.

In grade nine, students develop Pre-AP skills to prepare for the rigor of Honors and Advanced Placement courses. The AP program encompasses courses (17-20) in all subject areas, including the arts and world languages.

To enhance the Program of Studies, the school contracts with an online provider of curriculum. Students select from several additional Advanced Placement courses as part of or in addition to their six-period day.

Quaker Valley High School offers three College-in-High-School courses through the University of Pittsburgh, and has an active dual enrollment partnership with Community College of Allegheny College, Robert Morris University, the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and Penn State Beaver. The Dual Enrollment program is facilitated by the Office of Collegiate Affairs.[citation needed]

As a highlight of the academic program[citation needed], the Personal Project/Honors Personal Project, completed during the sophomore year, fulfills a graduation requirement and provides students with the opportunity to work over several months in an area of personal interest with an adult mentor. Students pursue topics as diverse as their personalities and talents. This credited research experience results in a product, a presentation to a faculty panel, and a reflective paper emphasizing the learning process.

Location[edit]

Quaker Valley High School is located twelve miles (19 km) northwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania along the Ohio River. The school district is close to the Pittsburgh International Airport as well. The school district covers 21 square miles (54 km2), an area encompassing 13,225 people (2004 Census Bureau Estimate). The school district altogether serves about 2,000 students from 11 municipalities: Aleppo Township, Bell Acres Borough, Edgeworth Borough, Glenfield Borough, Haysville Borough, Leet Township, Leetsdale Borough, Osborne Borough, Sewickley Borough, Sewickley Heights Borough, and Sewickley Hills Borough.http://www.msasportsnetwork.com/images/logos/schools/school_logo78.gif

Athletics[edit]

Quaker Valley's athletic program is an integral part of the total educational experience. More than 60 percent of our[who?] high school students participate in at least one of our 14 different interscholastic programs.[citation needed]

Athletic Training/Physical Therapy Services[edit]

Quaker Valley School District contracts athletic training and physical therapy services to Greater Pittsburgh Rehab and Sports Medicine Associates. Athletes are under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer. Athletes who must have extended rehabilitative services provided to them are referred through the athletic trainer to the GPOA network of physicians.

Interscholastic Athletic Program[edit]

Girls: Basketball: Varsity, JV, 7/8; Crew: Club; Cross Country: Varsity, 7/8; Golf: Varsity; Lacrosse: Varsity, JV; Soccer: Varsity, JV, 7/8; Softball: Varsity, JV; Swimming: Varsity; Tennis: Varsity; Track: Varsity, 7/8; Volleyball: Varsity, JV, 7/8

Boys: Baseball: Varsity, JV; Basketball: Varsity, JV, 9th, 7/8; Cross Country: Varsity; Football: Varsity, JV, 7/8; Golf: Varsity; Ice Hockey: Club; Lacrosse: Varsity, JV; Soccer: Varsity, JV, 7/8; Swimming: Varsity; Tennis: Varsity; Track: Varsity, 7/8

Collegiate Affairs[edit]

The Office of Collegiate Affairs at Quaker Valley High School is responsible for assisting students with their college search, application and selection process, their SAT and ACT preparation, scholarship search and financial aid process. Since 90% of Quaker Valley students attend a two or four year college, most students utilize the resources this office has to offer.[citation needed] Working in conjunction with the guidance counselors and academic specialist, the Director of Collegiate Affairs begins working with students in the fall of the junior year.

In addition, the Office of Collegiate Affairs also oversees visits from college admission counselors and military personnel, letters of recommendation from faculty, and the dual enrollment program with four partners: Penn State Beaver, Robert Morris University, The Art Institute, and Community College of Allegheny County.

Global Scholars Initiative[edit]

The Global Scholars Initiative stems from a collaborative partnership with the University of Pittsburgh University Center for International Studies (UCIS). The goal of the initiative is to provide students with a relevant 21st Century education steeped in real-world application. Coursework places special emphasis on the skills needed for future success such as information and media literacy, multi-faceted communications, collaborative problem solving, technology integration, and the ability to apply creativity, innovation, and higher-level thinking across multiple disciplines.[citation needed]

Guidance Services[edit]

The QVHS Guidance department has been recognized as a model program (RAMP) by the American School Counseling Association (ASCA).[citation needed] The department is made up of two school counselors who pride themselves in focusing on the individual needs of every student and family. Counselors work with students individually and in small and large groups for academic planning, goal setting, personal/social development, and career exploration.

Music and Performing Arts[edit]

The Quaker Valley Music Department claims to be a recipient of the “Top 100 Communities for Music Education” award.[citation needed] The music program offers the following performance ensembles: Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, String Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and male and female Barbershop Quartets. Classes include Keyboard, Music Theory I, Music Theory II, AP Music Theory, Instrumental Lessons, and History of Popular Music.

Quaker Valley High School’s performing ensembles consistently receive Excellent and Superior ratings at Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Adjudication festivals and win awards for competitions in Florida, Ohio, Virginia, and Toronto.[citation needed] In addition, these groups regularly offer their talents to a variety of civic events. On average, 40% of the high school student body participates in one or more of the performing ensembles.[citation needed]

Each spring the high school Music and Drama Departments produce a full-scale Broadway musical. Over 50 students participate on stage or behind the scenes building sets, assembling costumes, or hanging lights. The high school has staged a wide range of shows, the most recent being Crazy for You, Seussical, Beauty and the Beast, Footloose, and Little Shop of Horrors. Quaker Valley musicals have won numerous Gene Kelly Awards along the way (the Tony Awards of area high schools), winning best musical for Guys and Dolls in 2012.

Students who excel in the Music Department qualify for membership in the Quaker Valley Chapter of the Tri-M National Music Honor Society. The Society recognizes students’ academic and musical achievements and provides a venue for community service in the arts. One of the membership requirements is participation in a student solo recital in front of family, peers, and teachers.

Recognition[edit]

The 2010 Pittsburgh Business Times Guide to Western Pennsylvania Schools ranked Quaker Valley School District 8th out of 105 public school districts in western Pennsylvania and 19th out of 497 school districts in Pennsylvania. The ranking is based on a formula developed by the Business Times using three years of math and reading test scores.[1]

In 2010, Newsweek Magazine designated Quaker Valley High School as one of "America's Top Public High Schools" for the sixth consecutive year. Quaker Valley ranks 994 with an index of 1.598, placing it among the top six percent of high schools nationwide.[2]

Technology & Library Resources[edit]

Quaker Valley High School offers students a broad technology literacy program. The curriculum includes a one-to-one computing environment; students receive a Mac laptop computer. QVHS offers courses in computer science, networking, digital art, technology education, and web design. Technology Education courses feature Computer Assisted Drafting and Design (CADD) and hands-on construction and transportation courses that incorporate a variety of 21st century workforce tools.

Most classrooms are equipped with multi-media projectors, electronic whiteboards, VCR/DVD players, and cable television. High-speed wireless and wired computer network allows students access to web-based communication tools and streaming video sites.

The high school library is the wireless resources hub of the school providing students and teachers access to digital media and research tools, as well as electronic books and databases for use in the classroom and at home. The library has over 13,000 print, digital and electronic resources, including Access PA and POWER Library as well as a collection of current magazines, newspapers and multi-media resources for students and teachers.

Visual Arts[edit]

The visual arts department at Quaker Valley High School offers a curriculum of both traditional fine arts course and digital offerings. The visual arts are offered as elective courses ranging from beginning levels for 9th graders to AP Studio art in 12th grade.

The visual arts allow students to learn varied techniques such as drawing, page layout, oil painting, screenprinting, Photoshop, metals and jewelry, and also promote such twenty-first century skills such as making good judgments about qualitative relationships, seeing multiple perspectives and multiple answers, and addressing complex forms of problem solving.

Notable Alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guide to Western Pennsylvania Schools, Pittsburgh Business Times, May 2010
  2. ^ America's Best High Schools 2010, Newsweek Magazine, June 13, 2010
  3. ^ "Wentworth Miller". Yahoo! TV. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
  4. ^ "Keith Starr". databaseBasketball.com. Retrieved 2007-05-03. 
  5. ^ "keith Starr". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2007-05-03. 

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