A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    C
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    A
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A
Address
1825 Mclaughlin Run Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15241
Telephone
(412) 833-1600

Upper St. Clair High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
91%
Percent Proficient - Math
81%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1260
264 responses
Average ACT
29
83 responses
AP Enrollment
32%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
81%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.21 responses
Poll
59%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.22 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 37 responses
Report
  • Homecoming
    30%
  • Graduation ceremony
    24%
  • Prom
    22%
  • Attending all the games (including pep rallies)
    8%
  • Having our annual pickleball tournament
    8%
  • Nothing
    8%
  • Homecoming
    0%

Students

Diversity
C
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,360
Free or Reduced Lunch
5%
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.25 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.25 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.25 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.4%
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.33 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.33 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.33 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$15,968/ year
National
$12,239
94%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.36 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.36 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.36 responses
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Upper St. Clair High School Reviews

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Every year we set up "freshman rush" which is when all of the school's clubs set up stands in the gym and everyone can look around at the diverse and unique clubs and organizations USC has to offer. There are hundreds and hundreds of clubs and organizations run through the school so almost anyone could find something they would be interested in getting involved in. And if what he or she is looking for is not already offered, they can start a new club as long as they find a sponser! I was involved in handful of different clubs and organizations and I absolutely loved all of them. My favorites were student council and a club called "kids helping kids" which centered around doing service work within our own community and the surrounding ones as well. Each club is unique in its own way and its a great way to make friends while sharing a common bond over whatever you may be passionate about!
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I have learned so much at Upper St. Clair. I feel so prepared for college and they make the admissions process a breeze. My biggest critique is that our school churns out doctors and lawyers. I, on the other hand, am an art student. They say they "customize learning" but here they are, cutting the art department and I have an art teacher that cannot give me any advice on how to build a portfolio or aid in the very different fine arts application process. I feel like a lot of what USC does is train you to pass standardized test, but how is that going to help me in my future? Also, the pressure is so unbelievably high! Both at school and at home over academics and extracurriculars. I actually would run in front of cars and buses on my way to school because "if I had a broken femur, I couldn't go to class." Seriously! I would have panic attacks and feel suicidal on school nights because the pressure to perform well was so unbelievably high. I had to rewire my brain to accept "progress, not perfection" contrary to the school's standards.
This high school does not live up to its educational standards. The opportunities to repeat exams or assist grades by completing extra credit curves the grading scale in the student's favor. Additionally, teachers are not willing to challenge students.