Personalized Learning in Action.

Succeeding in high school is more than just making it from one assignment to the next. We are here to teach students how to learn in the classroom and beyond. 

Many of our students once found themselves lost in their public schools, struggling with the management of their time and homework and losing ground as they fought to keep up their grades. Over and over, these students get out of that chaotic environment and into the personalized and focused environment of The University School and see themselves transform into confident, well-paced, students.

The University School has educated hundreds of students since 1911. John B. Hench founded our school to prepare young men and women who love to learn and benefit from learning in a nontraditional classroom environment. We continue to embrace Mr. Hench’s guiding principle for education: Not every student learns the same. 

We are proud of our longstanding history with Pittsburgh and intentionally integrate community resources into our educational programs. We provide real-world experiences for our students as they look toward college and adulthood; we want our students to be excited for all of the opportunities that await them. Above all, we want to equip and direct our students through these choices and changes; we are here to teach them how to learn.

Our daughter enjoys going to school and is back to believing that learning is fun.

All students can succeed through rigorous academic planning, personalized instruction, and small student-to-teacher ratio.

Teacher-to-student ratio of 1:4

College preparatory high school licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education

Maximum enrollment of 40 students

98% College Placement Record

Our teachers hold advanced degrees and are certified by the PA Department of Education

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ACT/SAT Preparation

Service Learning

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Accelerated Summer School Options

Post-Graduate Year Available