About Our Curriculum



Experiential, Student- Focused

While students may have never experienced a school like ours before, they quickly learn that The University School experience provides the social, emotional, and organizational skills needed to be successful in the classroom and for achieving personal goals. 

The University School is a Private Academic High School licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Our college preparatory curriculum advances students to their next steps – whether that step is college, a technical school, or something else entirely.

Our faculty embraces the diverse learning styles of our students, and therefore, the curriculum is tailored to help students achieve academic and personal goals. We also believe that learning extends beyond the classroom. Therefore, once per month, our students participate in service learning opportunities and volunteer with the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank and the Ronald McDonald House at Children’s Hospital Pittsburgh.

Students learn best when they are awake, focused, and able to concentrate; that is why our academic day starts at 9:00 a.m. Research demonstrates that high-school students who start their day earlier are sleep-deprived and their ability to focus and learn is impaired.

Grade 9 Curriculum

Algebra I


English I

Spanish I

Social Studies

Grade 10 Curriculum



English II

Spanish II

World History/World Cultures

Grade 11 Curriculum

Algebra II

Conceptual Physics

English III

Creative Writing

United States History

Grade 12 Curriculum

Algebra III/Trigonometry


English IV

College Writing



Advanced Geometry



Advanced Biology

Advanced Chemistry

Advanced Physics


Art Education *all students participate in Art