A new independent Catholic elementary school will open for enrollment on January 17, 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.
South Hills Catholic Academy (SHCA) is located on a beautiful campus in a quiet residential area, at the site of the former St. Winifred School (550 Sleepy Hollow Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228). The school is easily accessible to Route 88 and neighboring communities in the South Hills of Pittsburgh.
SHCA is 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.
South Hills Catholic Academy will offer a unique educational and spiritual formation opportunity. Although independent of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, SHCA 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.
SHCA 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.