WINCHESTER THURSTON SCHOOL

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555 MOREWOOD AVE
PITTSBURGH, PA 15213
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Phone: 412-578-7500
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 0
  • Educational Climate: Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Private
  • Grades: Preschool - 12th Grade
  • District:
  • Students/Teacher: 8:1
  • Students/Grade: 46.4
  • Number Students: 650
  • Number Teachers: 100
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: NOT REPORTED
  • Principal: Ms Gary Niels
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
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  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
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School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (26 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (22 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-05-01
    "I am a parent of a rising senior at Winchester Thurston School. What an amazing experience our son has had. This is a three dimensional learning environment where a child's strengths are enhanced and a child's areas in need of improvement are stimulated and nurtured. Our son is excelling as will any child put into this environment. Opportunities abound and teachers and staff are ready to encourage, lead and expand understanding in math, arts, leadership, dance and and every area. They are constantly striving to include new ideas while resting on what carries them boldly into the future. "Think of the rights and comfort of others"..the school motto is a reality not a thought. Please explore what this school has to offer..Its sounds too good to be true, but I am here to tell you its all true, and our lives, our son's life will forever be affected by all this school has to offer, for the people within its walls and for the pursuit of excellence in all that it does."
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    Posted 2012-01-16
    "The most amazing school I have gone to. I'm in the Upper School, and it is the best learning experience I've ever had. I switched from my old school, and was extremely surprised by how well WT approaches their teaching. The teachers keep class interesting and understand we are individuals in how we learn and think. The environment is relaxed (in comparison to my old school where everywhere you went you were stressed) and the kids are amazingly smart and nice. Yes, the tuition is expensive, however I find that it is totally worth it. I've come out of my shell a bit (I'm usually quiet and reserved) and they create a drive in students to become the best they can be."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2011-10-11
    "We are parents with two children at the beautiful WT North Campus, and felt compelled to write after reading the prior review. Our experience at WT has almost been too good to be true. Every concern we've ever had has been addressed in exactly the manner we expected, our children have a differentiated curriculum tailored to their own personal talents and needs, we've met an amazing crop of great families, and, best of all, our children LOVE school. We literally have to ask them to stop dong homework on some evenings so we can get them ready for bed. Some other tidbits: There are roughly 100 students, PK-5, at the campus; the Head of School greets each one with a handshake every morning; the campus is HUGE (9 acres?) with a pond, woods, fields, a greenhouse, gardens, etc.; the school has a "family" feel -- the families all seem to know and respect one another; WT has a nationally recognized gifted program; teachers know the parents on a first-name basis almost immediately; the after-school programs are amazing; childcare is available until 6:00 p.m. each night for working parents; the school lunches range from pizza to sushi to baked chicken to gumbo. We love WT."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2010-05-24
    "This school was a huge expensive mistake. Homework was almost non-existent, and tests were not even graded in the lower grades. My kids spent their entire kindergarten playing with blocks to learn "patterns" in "math." Spelling tests weren't graded and if one was missed, it didn't even have to be made up! Even with such small class sizes my kid was terrorized in kindergarten, and got no help from either teacher. The whole situation was totally mishandled from the director on down. When we finally moved the kids to a much less expensive but better school, they were actually behind the other kids in reading and math, and they had to be tutored to get caught up. Afterwards they told me how much more fun WT was because they had recess 3 times a day!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2009-12-15
    "The Winchester Thurston School (lower school review only) is a fantastic school. You hear a lot of 'teaching to the whole child,' which might give you the wrong impression. It is not a child directed program. They simply use the best material from among many curricula and monitor what is working. Homework starts in first grade and is pretty much every night except for Friday. They expect parents to be involved at home and help their children. This leads to dramatic improvements. The kids get into a rhythm early doing their homework. Lot's of specials (classes taught by specialists in their own classrooms). Art, Music, Science, Dance, P.E., Library and Spanish. Math curriculum improved from several years ago. Academic Enrichment Challenge program for kids who need further challenge (some kids start high school Algebra in 4th grade). Teachers are VERY responsive, staff wonderfully polite! Cost: Expensive, but among the lowest of Independent Schools. Academics: Highest"
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