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Wednesday, Mar. 4, 2015

  • 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


  • Congratulations to students in grades five through twelve who participated in the Pittsburgh Public Theater Shakespeare Monologue and Scene Competition. Eighth graders Elizabeth Blume and Erin Palmer were among the top 45 students chosen from around 1,100 participants to perform in the Showcase of Finalists! Honorable mentions for this year include the following students: Katie Yellin, Theresa Boyd, Declan Newcamp, Andy Marous, Benjamin Stalder, Timothy Zaharko, Joseph Richthammer, and Seth So. Congratulations to all of our participants; and a hearty thank you to their coaches. (Feb 2015)
  • Congratulations to the participants in this year’s regional Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS). Aquinas had 13 students earn first place awards and 12 students earn second place. First place winners are: Alex Garcia, Anni Truschel, Molly Maglio, Lauren Mroch, Mikey Seel, Coyne McDermott, Louis D’Angelo, Isabella Porta, Katie O’Connell, Elizabeth Blume, John Reed, Ella Stewart, and Natalie Zimmerman. Second place winners are: Katie Yellin, Brigid Newcamp, Mary Bence, Harry Hardman, Anthony Hite, Jack Kartsonas, Anthony Buck, Justin Panzarella, Clara Osburg, Ella Horner, Natalie Hyrcza, and Erin Palmer. First Place winners will go on to the State Competition in State College in May. (Feb 2015)
  • The High School Girls’ basketball team is the SouthWestern Christian Athletic Conference Championship Runner-up! After going undefeated in league play, the team entered the championship game looking to win for the third year in a row. It was not to be, as the girls lost to a tough First Baptist Christian School 48-18. Congratulations, girls, on a great season! (Feb 23, 2015)
  • Congratulations to John Reed and Ian Schirra for their strong performances at the AA Swimming WPIAL Championships held recently at the University of Pittsburgh. John and Ian swam their lifetime best times in each of their two events. John placed 20th in both the 200 yard and 500 yard freestyle events. Ian placed 19th in the 200 yard Individual Medley and 11th in the 100 yard breaststroke. Congratulations to both swimmers! (Feb 21, 2015)
  • Congratulations to Michael Tappe, who is ranked 4th in the list of final regular season scoring leaders for WPIAL and City League boys. View full list (Feb 13, 2015)
  • Pro-Life Night was held on Monday, February 9. This event raised money to benefit the projects of Viva Vita. The group will make a donation to Young Lives Three Rivers which assists young mothers in need. Viva Vita will also use the proceeds to purchase a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe for the school. The fun evening included a night of middle and high school basketball featuring senior night. Many volunteers contributed to special concession stand items, a bake sale, pro-life shop, and half-time contests. Everyone enjoyed the Cakes for Life contest which coincided with Pro-Life Night. (Feb 10, 2015)
  • Sophomore Ian Schirra recently swam to qualify for the 200 IM and 100 Breaststroke events for the 2014-2105 WPIAL Swimming Championships. He and classmate John Reed will be representing Aquinas Academy during the Championships to be held Feb. 20-21 at the University of Pittsburgh's Trees Pool. (Feb 4, 2015)
  • Congratulations to 5th grader Jillian Mercer, who won Aquinas Academy's Geo Bee competition! The Geo Bee is sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Jillian will now take a qualifying test which determines the top 100 scorers in the state, who will then advance to the state level Bee. (Jan 27, 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 Advisory Program is successful due to the attitude of the faculty - April 4th Pittsburgh Catholic article  > content of article (April 4, 2010)
  • Aquinas Academy - Highest SAT Average in Southwestern PA   > article