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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Pittsburgh Public Schools is a public school district located in Pittsburgh, PA. It has 22,934 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 31% of students are at least proficient in math and 48% in reading.

Pittsburgh Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
48%
Percent Proficient - Math
31%
Average Graduation Rate
79%
Average SAT
1130
1,366 responses
Average ACT
27
175 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
22,934
Free or Reduced Lunch
64.7%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$82,012
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.6%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$29,015/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    59%
  • Support Services
    38%
  • Other
    4%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$99,993
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$869
National
$949
Median Home Value
$247,922
National
$184,700

Pittsburgh Public Schools Reviews

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In general, I believe that PPS is a pretty textbook example of public schools. Messy and ignorant. The teachers are usually pretty bad at their job, whether it be because they aren't good at conveying the material, or if it seems like they just genuinely hate kids. One other thing I find to be pretty terribly handled are snow days and two hour delays. There are little to none each year, and I often find myself missing school in the winter because I can't leave my house. The one positive thing I may say is that, in my experience, the sense of community between the students is pretty strong.
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The Pittsburgh public school system is a highly diverse one that varies greatly depending on region. The city schools are well staffed but the school culture and safety is poorer than that of suburban schools. In many areas, schools include districts from a myriad of income levels, promoting inclusivity and diversity in an organic way. The teachers make a genuine effort to help and cater to students and their needs. Because these schools receive so much funding from the state, they have great art, science and theatre programs that reach far into their communities. I would highly recommend the Pittsburgh public school system.
The most enjoyable part about enlisting in Pittsburgh Public Schools is the communities innate ability to make kids feel welcome in an ambiguous environment. I have participated in a myriad of different activities ranging from student council, chorus, CLO (an acting class), and many different sports. Needless to say, each and every individual experience, whether it be a relaxing, enjoyable one, or a stressful, precarious one, all cohered together and helped develop and elicit the young man I have grown into today.