Villa Maria Academy High School
- Private School
- Malvern, PA
Niche User: Attending Villa Maria was one of the best decisions I could have made, and I wish I could go back. I came into college feeling extremely prepared, and I very quickly realized just how great of a job Villa did in prepping me for college. I was able to succeed in my classes from the start, whereas many of my peers who did not have as strong of foundation struggled. Villa made me into the person I am today. The school taught me to never second guess myself. The school helps form independent and strong women by empowering them to engage in class discussions, teaching them how to succeed in college and beyond, and giving them many opportunities to lead. The sense of community and family at Villa is something I have never experienced before. Each faculty member, staff member, and student at the school cares so deeply for one another. All want to see everyone at the school succeed and work to make that happen. The school pride seen at Pep Rallies, games, plays, performances, etc. is unreal and extremely touching. The traditions at the school not only link the students and alum, but they are also extremely fun! The school races robot pigs, classes sing songs to one another, the girls dress up for Halloween, and the Pep Rallies are always an event! There are more sentimental traditions as well, such as Daisy Chain when the Juniors officially become seniors, Carol and Ring when the girls are given their class rings, and Big/Little events in which the girls are assigned a "Big Sister" upperclassmen! I am so proud to be a Villa Marian for copious reasons. If I could, I would do it all over again!
- 431 Students
- 8:1 Student-Teacher Ratio
South Hills Middle School
- Pittsburgh Public Schools, PA
Alum: My experience at South Hills Middle was better than any other school I've been to, the teachers were kind and friendly, the kids were fun and welcoming for the most part, the classes were challenging but helped in the long run to prepare me for high school which is now preparing me for college. I took the more difficult classes, except for math, and learned a lot in all of my classes.
- 491 Students
- 12:1 Student-Teacher Ratio
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