2018 Best Public High Schools for STEM in the Pittsburgh AreaAbout this List

The 2018 Best Public High Schools for STEM ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking based on math state test scores, enrollment in advanced math and science courses, math SAT/ACT scores, alumni interest in STEM majors and colleges, and STEM school ratings. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Read more on how this ranking was calculated.

  1. Pine-Richland High School

    • Pine-Richland School District, PA
    • 9-12
    • 249
    11 Best High Schools for STEM in Pittsburgh Area

    High School Senior: As stated in my last statement, the teachers here are great, which helps for a positive experience. One of the things that makes Pine-Richland great is our community. We live in an area that, while certainly not without its fair share of problems, is a great place to raise a family. Everybody here really cares about each other. There's never a friend far away, or a harsh neighbor. While I certainly think some parents are way too involved, and put a large deal of pressure of their children, it is relatively small problem and typical of suburban lifestyle. PR is unique in the sense that we really do have people from all different backgrounds. There's rural areas, new suburban development, historical housing, high income, low income, it has it all. That's part of what makes it special. We all learn to appreciate different paths of life at a young age. My favorite experiences often stem from sports here- even ones I'm not involved in. I play lacrosse, which isn't exactly a huge crowd draw at any level. Yet when we went to playoffs, or played our rival, their would be students and parents alike packing in the stands cheering for us. It really brings a sense of community. I love participating in our "Mob" Student Section. We have "student section leaders" who bring music, chants, tailgates, and good times to all our football and basketball games. Our football team made it to the Pennsylvania AAAA state finals- the biggest high school game in the state. It takes place in Hershey, which is over a 3 hour drive for us here in Pittsburgh. And yet, the school arranged buses for students and parents alike and we piled thousands of people into the stands to cheer on our Rams in an exciting heartbreaker of a game. For better or worse, our community is one of pride and passion. I've lived in other areas, other states even, and nothing compares to here. I wouldn't trade it for the world. I might not get along with everyone, but we all manage to come together in the end.
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    • A
      Overall Niche Grade
    • 1,538 Students
    • 15:1 Student-Teacher Ratio
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2018 Best Public High Schools for STEM in the Pittsburgh Area