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.

A new high school and middle school complex is being considered at the same site. The new complex would retain it's gymnasium, pool and auditorium.[4]

The school has an olympic-sized indoor swimming pool[5] which is open to the public three evenings a week. A small fee is charged to district residents and non residents.[6]

The school's on-site stadium was home to the professional soccer team Pittsburgh Riverhounds (2008-2012).[7][8]

The school district is named after Pierre Chartiers.

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.[9]

According to traditional graduation rate calculations:

Academic Achievement[edit]

In 2014, the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) ranked Chartiers Valley High School in the upper 23% of all Pennsylvania public high schools (221st) based on their reading and math test scores. [13] There are 952 public high schools in Pennsylvania. [14]

In 2013, the school was ranked 233rd. In 2012, the school was ranked 263rd. In 2011, the school was ranked 224th. In 2010, the school was ranked 221st. In 2009, the school was ranked 360th. In 2008, the school was ranked 90th.

PSSA Results
11th Grade Reading
  • 2010 - 73% on grade level (13% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 66% of 11th graders on grade level.[15]
  • 2009 - 64% (17% below basic), State - 65%
  • 2008 - 79%, State - 65%[16]
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%[17]
  • 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%[18]
  • 2008 - 55%, State - 39%[19]

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.[20] 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.[21] 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.

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.[22] Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions.[23]

For the 2009–10 funding year, the school district received a state grant of $14,519 for the program.[24]


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.[25]

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.[26] 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.[27]

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.[28]

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.[29]

Student body demographics[edit]

As of 2005:[30]

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 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).[31][32]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ "Collier May Hire School Resource Officer". Chartiers Valley Patch. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Chartiers Valley High School Information". Chartiers Valley Patch. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  4. ^ EL. "Preliminary plan calls for razing...". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Chartiers Valley Pool Closed". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "CV Natatorium Open Swim". Chartiers Valley. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Riverhounds Move to CVHS". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 29 October 2007. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Riverhounds Play Last Game at Chartiers Valley". USL Soccer. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  9. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (March 15, 2011). "New 4-year Cohort Graduation Rate Calculation Now Being Implemented". 
  10. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "CHARTIERS VALLEY SD - District AYP Data Table". 
  11. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2009). "Chartiers Valley School District Academic Achievement Report Card 2009". 
  12. ^ Pennsylvania Partnership for Children (2008). "PA High School Graduation Info by School District 2007". 
  13. ^ EL. "Best High Schools". Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  14. ^ EL. "Pennsylvania High Schools". Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  15. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2009). "Chartiers Valley High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2010" (PDF). 
  16. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2008). "2008 PSSAs: Reading, Math, Writing Results by School and Grade". 
  17. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2009). "2009 PSSAs: Reading, Math, Writing Results by School and Grade". 
  18. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2009). "2009 PSSAs: Science Results by School and Grade". 
  19. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education report PSSA Science by school and grade 2008
  20. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (January 2009). "Pennsylvania College Remediation Report". 
  21. ^ National Center for Education Statistics
  22. ^ 2010-2011 Pennsylvania Department of Education - Dual Enrollment Guidelines.
  23. ^ Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement. site accessed March 2010.
  24. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education Dual Enrollment Fall Grants 2009–10. August 2009
  25. ^ Highmark Foundation (2010). "School Challenge Grants - 2010" (PDF). 
  26. ^ Pennsylvania Auditor General (December 22, 2008). "Classrooms For the Future grants audit" (PDF). 
  27. ^ Governor's Press Office release, (October 9, 2009). "Governor Rendell Signs Education Budget Preserving Pennsylvania's Academic Progress, Keeping Property Taxes Down,". Reuters. 
  28. ^ "Chartiers valley School District News Item on Award". Chartiers Valley School District web Site. Retrieved 2007-06-07. 
  29. ^ "Tribune-Review article on Awards Ceremony". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review web Site. Retrieved 2007-06-07. 
  30. ^ "Chartiers Valley High School Profile". Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
  31. ^ "PA hockey champions". eteamz. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  32. ^ "Archbishop Wood Beaten in Final". Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  33. ^ "Who is Bill Peduto?". Pittsburgh Business Quarterly. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  34. ^ O'Toole, James (6 November 2013). "Peduto Wins in Landslide". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  35. ^ Fittipaldo, Ray (2 May 2013). "Kush Drafted by Kansas City Chiefs". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  36. ^ "New England Patriots Biography for Raymond Ventrone". New England Patriots web Site. Retrieved 2007-06-07. 
  37. ^ "PA House of Reps official page for Joseph Markosek". PA House of Representatives Web Site. Retrieved 2007-06-07. 

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