South Hills Catholic Academy

The mission of South Hills Catholic Academy is to assist parents in the Christian spiritual, moral and intellectual formation of their children by ensuring the total development of each child – body, mind, and soul.

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Body

We believe that learning responsibility is not limited to the classroom.  Our students are required to participate in service projects and are offered a variety of extracurricular opportunities.
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Mind

The academic program at South Hills Catholic Academy is challenging and faith-filled, utilizing a Traditional Catholic curriculum.

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Soul

South Hills Catholic Academy is first and foremost a Catholic school. Our children pray often during the school day and they experience all of the traditional observances of Catholicism.
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Welcome To South Hills Catholic Academy

South Hills Catholic Academy

A new independent Catholic elementary school will open for enrollment in January 2021 for the 2021-22 school year. The South Hills Catholic Academy will be an independent Catholic school created and funded by a group of lay people that was born out of, and is aligned to, On Mission for The Church Alive, the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s planning initiative to bring about a more vibrant Church.

The new Academy will offer a unique educational and spiritual formation opportunity in Pittsburgh’s South Hills. The Academy, although independent of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, is endorsed by Bishop David Zubik, and is founded on three key pillars that make it distinctive and yet complementary to the Diocesan elementary schools:
  • Ensuring that a Catholic education is accessible to all children in the southern region of Pittsburgh, especially the growing immigrant population and those of modest means.
  • Preparing students for higher education through a curriculum built on the foundation of a Traditional education.
  • Providing a rich spiritual formation with a vibrant sacramental and devotional life at the center of the school mission.
The Academy will be a financially independent non-profit organization, governed by a board of directors, and supported by South Hills benefactors and modest tuition revenues. The school will have grades PreK through 8.

Additional plans related to the opening will be shared over the coming months.

For more information, email us at info@SHCAcademy.com, explore our Facebook page @southcatholic, or contact us by phone at 412-631-3131.
 

The Academy is working with the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education, a nationally recognized organization, to develop the Traditional Catholic curriculum and operating model for the school. We encourage you to view a video about a Traditional Catholic curriculum, at this link. We also invite you to visit the Institue for Catholic Liberal Education website, at this link.

Our Plan

South Hills Catholic Academy (SHCA) will open for the 2021-22 school year.  A decision on location for the Academy will be made prior to the end of 2020.  Specific elements of the SHCA plan include:
  • Starting with 150 students and growing to 250 students by year 5
  • Maintaining tuition at as low a level as possible to allow the maximum number of families to afford a Catholic education
  • Offering a generous amount of financial aid so no family is turned away
  • Focusing on a traditional education where liberal arts and natural sciences are emphasized
  • Providing a strong environment for spiritual formation with frequent Masses, sacraments, and devotional prayers
Over the coming months, the SHCA team will be focused on developing the detailed plans needed to open the academy for the 2021-22 school year:
  • Working with the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education to develop a traditional curriculum appropriate for our target students
  • Developing a communications plan to keep the South Hills community and prospective families informed of the status of our progress
  • Finalizing a 10 year financial plan and identifying specific needs
If you are interested in learning more about SHCA, there are many ways to connect with us:
  • Visit this website for progress updates
  • Provide us with your contact information here so we can reach out to you with news about SHCA
  • Set up an in-person meeting with a member of the SHCA team

Academics

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6
The academic program at South Hills Catholic Academy is rigorous and challenging to all students, each with unique gifts and varying abilities.  Our program targets the needs of the individual learner and, as a result, we are able to offer personalized instruction.

Admissions

All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.
Isaiah 54:13
South Hills Catholic Academy offers 4 yr. old Preschool (Half and Full Day), and Kindergarten through 8th Grade.  Tuition is negotiated on a case-by-case basis according to demonstrated financial need.  A large percentage of our families receive tuition support from the Pittsburgh Independent Catholic Academy Foundation.  South Hills Catholic Academy is accessible, available, and affordable.  

Student Life

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.
Ecclesiastes 3:1
At South Hills Catholic Academy, we believe that learning is not limited to the classroom. In addition to a rigorous academic curriculum, our students are required to participate in service projects and are offered a variety of extracurricular opportunities.

Parents

May our sons in their youth be like plants full grown, our daughters like corner pillars cut for the structure of a palace.
Psalm 144:12
Adhering to the premise that all knowledge comes from God and can only be understood and lived fully in reference to Him, we endeavor to integrate classroom instruction with a vibrant sacramental and devotional life.

Pre-Register Now To Guarantee A Space For Your Child!

You may now pre-register your child for the 2021-2022 school year at South Hills Catholic Academy through the link below.

Formal registrations will be accepted beginning in January of 2021.  Details regarding our Open House & Registration events will be published here and on our Facebook page @southcatholic. For additional information, please contact Mrs. Harmony Stewart at hstewart@shcacademy.com.
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