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  • Welcome to Aquinas Academy, an independent, private school in the Catholic tradition for boys and girls in grades prekindergarten through twelve, located in the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh.

    Success is in the details...

  • 1304 Average SAT score (Critical Reading/Math) over the last ten years

  • 26% of all alumni recognized as National Merit Scholars, Finalists, or Commended students

  • One out of every three alumni have earned an AP Scholar award

  • Frequent opportunities to receive the sacraments

  • 91.4% Average on Assessment of Catechesis/Religious Education Test

  • WPIAL and Club sports

  • Over 30 extracurricular activities

  • One of only seven schools in the U.S. to receive the School of Excellence award every year since 2005School of Excellence award received every year since 2005

Family Fun Night: Jan. 31, 2015


  • The Aquinas Robotics Team scored 257 points in the 2014-2015 FIRST Lego League Championship at La Roche College this past Saturday. They earned 7th place out of 66 teams. This was the team’s first year, and they celebrate an amazing start to robotics at Aquinas. They also won a trophy for being an Inspiration to other teams. The team is having an Open House on January 31st from 10 to 12 o'clock for anyone interested in the Robotics Club. Come and see the team’s new space. » Open House Info (Jan 17, 2015)
  • Congratulations to sophomore John Reed, who secured qualifying slots in the 500 Freestyle event and the 200 Freestyle event for the 2014-2015 WPIAL Swimming Championships. The WPIAL Swimming Championships this year are scheduled for Feb. 20-21 at the University of Pittsburgh's Trees Pool. (Dec 19, 2014)
  • Five Aquinas Academy students competed at the Tri-State Junior Open Chess Tournament at CMU on Saturday, December 13. The chess team tied for 6th place. In the Grades 4 - 12 Beginner bracket, Liam Ellis earned the 2nd place (Unrated) ribbon and Gracie Burchill received the first place (Girl) ribbon. In the Grades K - 3 Beginner bracket Jonah Burchill won the 3rd place trophy and Billy Gallina won the 6th place ribbon. This was the first time that Aquinas Academy has competed as a team in a chess tournament. (Dec 13, 2014)
  • Students will start school Tuesday, December 9 in the new Mross-McGonigle Hall which will serve as the new home for high school students. The completed $4.85 million dollar building will provide our growing academy with 15 new classrooms, including two state-of-the-art science labs and an arts wing. Lower and middle school students will use the building for art and music classes. (Dec 9, 2014)
  • Aquinas Robotics entered their first ever competition and took 4th place overall out of 24 teams in the region at the Sewickley Academy Winter Fest. The team also had the highest score for a rookie team and won the "Best Disney Tune Parody". What a great start for the program! The 2014 Western PA FLL Grand Championship will be held January 17th, 2015 at La Roche College.(Dec 6, 2014)
  • Luke Gavel was recently named to the Western Pennsylvania Scholastic Chess Honor Roll. This makes Luke the 6th highest rated 9th grader in the region in chess. Congratulations, Luke! (Nov 2014)
  • Six of our twenty-four seniors have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as Commended Students based on the junior year PSAT achievement. Congratulations to Theresa Boyd, Peter Landau, Michael Lind, Lydia McCullough, John McKeating, and Richard Meland. This places these students among the top 50,000 scorers of the 1.4 million test-takers. (Nov 2014)
  • Jillian Kaercher and Clare Mortenson have been selected for all-section field hockey honors. Michael Tappe has been selected for all-section honors as a punter. Chris Miller has earned all-WPIAL honors for the second year in a row in soccer. Congratulations to all! (Nov 2014)
  • Aquinas Academy set to open $4.85 million expanded hall.” (Tribune-Review, Nov 5, 2014)
  • Congratulations to the H.S. Girls’ co-op Cross Country team for placing 7th at the State Championships! Delaney McCarthy, the first Aquinas Academy runner to ever compete at the State Championships, ran an amazing time of 22:03. Teammate Marianne Abdalah of Vincentian Academy successfully defended her state title with a winning time of 18:35. Congratulations to all of the runners! (November 1, 2014)
  • Aquinas Academy to open new hall” (Post-Gazette, Oct 30, 2014).
    View more photos of the building here.
  • Congratulations to runners Delaney McCarthy and Therese Blume for making it to Cross Country State Championships! They join 5 other members of their H.S. Girls’ Cross Country team, a co-op with Vincentian Academy, as they head to Hershey next weekend to compete. The team finished an impressive second at the WPIAL Championships yesterday. (October 24, 2014)
  • Aquinas Academy program highlights 20th-century writer.” (Tribune-Review, Oct 15, 2014)
  • The H.S. Boys’ and Girls’ soccer teams both made WPIAL playoffs for the second year in a row and the second time in school history! Adding to these achievements, Chris Miller and John McKeating were named all-section players this year for their great play. Robert Phillips was named honorable mention. [Read More] The girls play Saturday October 18th at 1:00pm against Mohawk. The game will be played at Moon High School. The boys play Monday October 20th at 6:00pm against Winchester Thurston at South Fayette High school. Congratulations to all of our players and best of luck in the playoffs. (October 2014)
  • Aquinas Academy recognized for excellence.” (Tribune-Review, Sept 24, 2014)
  • Aquinas Head of School, Leslie Mitros, accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! Watch Video  (Sept 05, 2014)
  • An article was recently published on pages 36-38 in the Fox Chapel Living magazine, featuring Aquinas Academy and alumna Caroline Henry. Aquinas Academy: Handing On the Fruits of Contemplation (August 2014)
  • New Classroom building expected to open this fall.” (Tribune-Review, Aug 13 2014)
  • Junior Ray Urbash and senior Tyler Fort were both recognized as all-section lacrosse players for the second year in a row. Senior Nick Navari was recognized as an Academic All-American. Congratulations boys!  (May 2014)
  • Congratulations to Aquinas Academy junior Michael Tappe, who was recognized for his basketballs skills both as a high scorer, Boys Basketball: North Scoring Leaders (Feb. 18, 2014), and as an honorable mention in the list of Top 25 regional players, Greater Pittsburgh Top 25 Basketball Players.  (Feb 2014)
  • On Saturday, February 22, 2014, Aquinas Academy sent two teams to this year’s southwestern Pennsylvania regional competition of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl. Both Aquinas Academy teams were selected to receive the Civility Awards for sportsmanship in their divisions. [Read More] Competing for Aquinas Academy: Team #1 (7 wins, 2 losses): Nick Navari (senior), Tracey Schirra (senior, captain), Jacob Scioscia (junior), Margaret Zaharko (senior), and Lucy Zaharko (sophomore). Team #2 (2 wins, 7 losses): Ian Athey (sophomore) Elena Liguori (sophomore), Joseph Richthammer (sophomore, captain), Seth So (sophomore), and Mackenzie Stewart (sophomore). Aquinas Academy was the only high school that had both teams earn the Civility Award.  (Feb 22, 2014)
  • Congratulations to freshmen John Reed and Ian Schirra, who competed in the WPIAL swim championships at the University of Pittsburgh Trees pool on February 28. John competed in the 500 freestyle and Ian competed in the 100 Backstroke and 100 Breaststroke. Aquinas is very proud of our swimmers.  (Feb 28, 2014)
  • Aquinas girl's varsity won the Southwestern Christian Athletic Conference (SWCAC) championship on Saturday afternoon at Penn State-New Kensington. Aquinas beat First Baptist for the second year in a row, by a score of 46-32. [Read More] The girls finished the season 20-2, and were undefeated in league play. While senior Molly Robinson led Aquinas in scoring (15 pts) and rebounding (13 rebounds), all seniors played great games: Catherine Blume, Elisabeth Flaherty, Kelly Lynch, Christine Ortiz and Margaret Zaharko. Sophomore Hannah Canil led the team in assists and steals. Molly Robinson and Margaret Zaharko were league all-stars.   (Feb 22, 2014)
  • Two groups of Aquinas Academy students were selected to compete in the Showcase round in the Pittsburgh Public Theatre Shakespeare Competition. [Read More] Representing Aquinas in a Lower Division Scene were Sophia Henry, Maya Nelson, Gabrielle Lisanti, and Julia Bukowski (A Comedy of Errors), and in an Upper Division Scene were Lara Salibi, Nick Navari, Tyler Fort, and Catherine Blume (A Midsummer Night's Dream).   (Feb 17, 2014)   Read News Release
  • Congratulations to the 8th - 12th grade students who competed in the Regional PJAS Competition on Saturday February 1st, many of them winning 1st and 2nd places and special awards. [Read More] Receiving Second Place awards were: R.J. Newcamp, Richard Adam, Jacob Haskins, Max Kunzmann, Thomas Plazek, Emma Boback, Matthew Warhola, Ellie Hall, Kayla Lubert, and Jacob Scioscia. Receiving First Place (and advancing to the State Competition in May) were: Emily Vangura, Henry Farrell, John Reed, Luke Lynch, Cece Liguori, Luke Gavel, Elizabeth Brugger, Justin Atta, Todd Oravitz, Julia So, Peter Mallampalli, Harry Scherer, Caitlin Reed, and Nate Lisanti. Additionally, special awards were won by: Luke Lynch (Carnegie Mellon Chapter of Sigma Xi); Luke Gavel (Duquesne University Young Science Stars), and John Reed (American Nuclear Society, Bechtal Plant Machinery, and PJAS Directors award in Physics). (Feb 1, 2014)
  • Aquinas Academy sent two busses of students, accompanied by some faculty and parents, to the March for Life in Washington, D.C. to peacefully demonstrate against the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision to make abortion legal on demand. Watch Short Video (Jan 22, 2014)
  • The Aquinas Middle School Girls Lacrosse team won the True Lacrosse Holiday Madness Tournament at PISA in Cheswick, PA. Our roster included Captain Rachel Urbash, Liz Blume, Claire Foley, Katie O'Connell, Anni Truschel, Mikey Seel, Ella Stewart, Erin Palmer, Scarlett Hudson, and Molly Maglio. Congratulations to all of our Middle School Girls Lacrosse Players! (Dec 28, 2013)
  • Congratulations to 10 Aquinas Band Students who auditioned for the North District Diocesan Honor Band and made the group. [Read More] They are: Henry Farrell, Natalie Hyrcza, Luke Lynch, Max Meland, Susan Meland, Lauren Mroch, Maya Nelson, Sarah Richthammer, Harry Scherer and Katie Yellin. Max Meland received the highest score in trumpet auditions and was awarded first chair. Susan Meland also received first chair on French horn. (Dec 2013)
  • Congratulations to seniors Catherine Blume and Margaret Zaharko who were named as Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. They join Tracey Schirra, who was named earlier this fall as a National Merit Semi-Finalist. Congratulations to these three students for their National Merit status! (Nov 2013)