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  • Welcome to Aquinas Academy, an independent, private school in the Catholic tradition for boys and girls in grades prekindergarten through twelve, located in the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh.

    Celebrating 20 years of Academic Excellence

  • Named by Niche as the highest ranked Catholic High School in PennsylvaniaBest Catholic High School in PA - Niche

  • 1305 Average SAT score (Critical Reading/Math) over the last ten years

  • 26% of all alumni recognized as National Merit Scholars, Finalists, or Commended students

  • One out of every three alumni have earned an AP Scholar award

  • Frequent opportunities to receive the sacraments

  • National Latin Exam Gold Medalists

  • 91.4% Average on Assessment of Catechesis/Religious Education Test

  • PA Junior Academy of Science winners

  • WPIAL, SWCAC, and Diocesan sports

  • Over 30 extracurricular activities

  • One of only seven schools in the U.S. to receive the School of Excellence award every year since 2005School of Excellence award received every year since 2005


  • Paul Adams (2nd Team Defense – Linebacker; 2nd Team Offense – Running Back) and Dom Hite (2nd team Offense – Center) were recognized as All-Section football players for their outstanding play over the course of the past season. They were two of the three students recognized on the Vincentian co-op football team. Congratulations! (November 2015)
  • Eagle Scout projects bring upgrades to Aquinas Academy” (Trib Total Media, Nov 16, 2015)
  • Congrats to our All-WPIAL soccer players: Hannah Canil, Robert Phillips, and Joseph Richthammer. These three players were previously named All-Section, along with an All-Section honorable mention for Rachel Phillips and Javier Rubio. Way to go! (November 2015)
  • Five of our high school field hockey players have been honored by WPIAL! Congratulations to Jillian Kaercher and Elena Liguori for achieving All-Section status and to Mary Rose Flynn, Molly Maglio, and Caitlin Reed for being recognized with All-Section Honorable Mention. View all of our athletes’ achievements here. (November 2015)
  • The High School Talent Show raised $1310 for the Diocesan Mission in Chimbote! The mission’s hospital, which was founded 50 years ago by Pittsburgh native Father Jules Roos, is in need of some renovation and upgrades. Thank you to all who helped in this fundraising effort sponsored by our Campus Ministry and Students of Service club. (November 7, 2015)
  • Congratulations to Iain Athey, senior, who recently rowed in the Head of the Ohio, then went on to compete in the prestigious Head of the Charles race in Cambridge, Massachussetts. Iain is a member of Three Rivers Rowing. River Racing Trib Total Media article.(October 2015)
  • The Students of Service club bake sale raised over $320 for the Children’s Miracle Network at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Thank you to all who supported the bake sale and to Christana Komen, a sophomore, for organizing this event. (October 2015)
  • The girls’ cross country team finished first at the WPIAL Cross Country Championships! Aquinas sophomore Delaney McCarthy and her teammates on the co-op with Vincentian Academy are headed to States for the second year in a row! (Oct 29, 2015)
  • Congratulations to the fifth grade on winning the fall Box Tops for Education contest. Thank you to everyone who participated! (October 2015)
  • The H.S. Field Hockey team is going to WPIAL playoffs! Read what Sports Town writes about our “solid Aquinas Academy team” in this article: “Field Hockey: Defending Class AA champion Ellis hosts Aquinas” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct 25, 2015)
  • The H.S. Boys’ and Girls’ soccer teams both made WPIAL playoffs for the third year in a row! Congratulations to all of our players and best of luck in the playoffs. (October 2015)
  • Innovations in the Classroom” magazine article highlights Aquinas STEM opportunities. (Northern Connection Magazine, Oct 2015)
  • For the first time in Vincentian Academy Cross Country history, the high school girls’ team has claimed the title of Section A Champions, with an undefeated record of 9-0. [Read More] Quaker Valley High School was the undefeated champion for the last twelve years, until their streak was beaten by our young Vincentian-Aquinas co-op team of one junior, one sophomore, and three freshmen. Please keep these athletes in your thoughts and prayers on October 29 for the WPIAL Cross Country meet at Cooper's Lake in Slippery Rock. (Oct 7, 2015)
  • Congratulations to Leelah Ohayon, the first Aquinas Academy golfer to compete in the WPIAL Golf Qualifiers! (Sep 2015)
  • Aquinas is proud to announce that 7 out of 22 students (33%!) in our senior class qualified for National Merit recognition through the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Program. Congratulations to our National Merit Semifinalists: Elena Liguori, Seth So, and Coby Hudac. These students’ junior PSAT scores placed them in the top 16,000 out of 1.5 million juniors who took the test nationally. Congratulations to our Commended students: Hannah Canil, Mary Rose Flynn, John Kunzmann, and Joseph Richthammer, who were in the top 50,000 scorers. (Sep 2015)
  • Congratulations to Aquinas Academy sophomore Delaney McCarthy and Aquinas Academy 8th grade alumna Marissa Canzian, whose H.S. Cross Country team, a co-op with Vincentian Academy, is the 2015 Slippery Rock Invitational Cross Country Champion! (Sep 19, 2015)
  • Congratulations to senior, Hannah Canil on her reception of the 2015-16 prestigious Harvard Book Award. [Read More] Hannah is a straight A student taking the most rigorous classes in our demanding curriculum, is a leader in every sport she plays: soccer, basketball, and lacrosse, and is consistently of service to all. Hannah also was accepted and participated in Cornell University’s very selective STEM program, the Curie Academy. Congratulations to Hannah! (Aug 2015)
  • Aquinas Academy celebrates 20th anniversary” (PG Publishing Co., Inc., Aug 21, 2015)
  • We are Number 1! Aquinas Academy is ranked at the top of the 2015 Best Catholic High Schools in Pennsylvania and is 29th out of the 2015 Best Catholic High Schools in America! (Aug 2015)
  • Aquinas Academy student wins national essay contest.” (Trib Total Media, Jun 08, 2015)
  • Congratulations to the middle school varsity soccer team on making it to the semi-finals! (Jun 06, 2015)
  • Liam Ellis, a fourth grade student at Aquinas Academy, is one of two national winners of the Scholastic “Be A Backyard Superhero” Essay Contest. Representatives from Scholastic, together with the real Turf Mutt, the Super Hero Dog, will travel to Pittsburgh on June 1st to present a $5000 check to Aquinas Academy for use in greening the school grounds. [Read More] The “Be A Backyard Superhero Essay Contest” invited students to submit an illustrated story of how they could join Turf Mutt as environmental super heroes and fight the forces that harm the air, land and water in our own yards and around our schools. The essay contest is part of Scholastic’s TurfMutt & the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, which is designed to teach kids and families backyard science, including how to take better care of the green spaces around them. (May 2015)
  • Seven of Aquinas Academy’s juniors will be recognized in September as either commended or semifinalists in the 2016 National Merit Competition. Congratulations to Hannah Canil, Mary Rose Flynn, Jacob (Coby) Hudac, John Kunzmann, Elena Liguori, Joseph Richthammer, and Seth So. These students scored among the top 50,000 of the 1.5 million juniors who took the test this fall, so they are among the top 3% in the nation! (May 2015)
  • Mitchell Athey is going to states! Mitchell ran a 51.26s in the AA 400m at the WPIAL Championships, placing 3rd and qualifying him for the 2015 PIAA Track & Field Championships to be held next Friday. (May 14, 2015)
  • Congratulations to Mitchell Athey, Delaney McCarthy, and John Reed, who achieved WPIAL track qualifying times, enabling them to participate in the WPIAL qualifying meet. Mitchell placed 4th in the 400M at that qualifying meet, enabling him to advance to the WPIAL championships held May 14th! (May 2015)
  • Aquinas Academy is pleased to begin offering an after school program for the 2015-16 school year. Parents in need of care for their student beyond the school day are invited to meet the new after-day program director, Genny Kozusko, and find out more about the program on Monday evening, May 11th at 5:15pm in Mross–McGonigle Hall. (May 2015)
  • Congratulations to the staff and contributors of the 2014–15 edition of the Aquinas Literary Magazine, ‘Making It Up’. Contributors: Chuck Adams, Paul Adams, Audrey Austin, Steffi Austin, Susie Austin, Theresa Boyd, Hannah Canil, Sophia Fardo, Mary Rose Flynn, Ben Glatz, Laura Kirkland, Mary Hall, Grace Henry, Dominic Hite, Olivia Hite, Peter Landau, Lydia McCullough, Erin McLaughlin, Richard Meland, Rachel Mendoza, Clare Mortenson, Caitlin Reed, Reagan Roblaski, Natalie Santucci, Julia So, Seth So, Rose Solomond, Ana Wilhelm. Also, congratulations to Mary Rose Flynn and Paul Adams, who have been selected as next year’s Editor–in–Chiefs. (Apr 30, 2015)
  • John Reed, sophomore, recently entered the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair with his project on Bicycle Powered Electrical Generation. John was selected as a special award recipient for an $8000 scholarship to Gannon University! John will also be presenting his project at the state PJAS competition in State College in May. (Apr 2015)
  • Michael Tappe, a senior, is the Aquinas Academy recipient of the St. Timothy Award through the Diocese of Pittsburgh for 2015. This annual award is given to a junior or senior – one from each Catholic High School, and several from each Vicariate in the Diocese – in recognition of service to the school and parish, and faithful witness to Christian Principles. The St. Timothy Award will be given formally at a ceremony at St. Paul Seminary early in May. (Apr 2015)
  • Seth So, junior, was nominated and has been selected as a Carson Scholar for 2014-15. Schools in the Pittsburgh area may nominate no more than one student for this $1000 college scholarship on the basis of academic achievement and ambition. Once nominated, students must submit an essay on one of several selected topics. Seth is one of several local students who will receive the Carson Scholarship (named after neurosurgeon, Benjamin Carson) at a banquet to honor the scholars in late May. (Apr 2015)
  • Michael Tappe was selected as a WPIAL basketball all-star and played in the Roundball Classic at Geneva College. This was another Aquinas first to have a player selected for this elite team of athletes. Boys Basketball: 2015 All–Section Teams, Pittsburgh Post–Gazette (Apr 18, 2015)
  • John Reed, a sophomore, ran a WPIAL qualifying time in the 3200 meter run at the Butler Invitational. This is the second year in a row that John has qualified in three sports for WPIAL Championships (cross-country, swimming, and track) – an Aquinas first! (Apr 17, 2015)
  • Eighth grade student, Katie O’Connell, was the winner of the regional Knights of Columbus essay contest on Catholic Citizenship. The theme for the essay was “The Importance of Religious Freedom”, and was open to Catholic students in public or Catholic schools in grades 8 through 12. Kudos to Katie for taking the initiative to enter the contest… and congratulations on writing the first place essay! (Apr 2015)
  • Aquinas Academy is proud to announce that eleventh grader Paul Adams has been recognized as a Trib Total Media Outstanding Young Citizen in the North region. At the banquet, Paul was further recognized as one of 10 gold medal winners for outstanding achievement in academics, leadership, and service to others. (Apr 2015)
  • Bishop blesses new Aquinas Academy building.” (Trib Total Media, Mar 30, 2015)
  • Congratulations to Jack Kartsonas and Kyra Koch for trying out and being selected to play on Diocesan Roundball Classic basketball teams. Jack earned a spot on the 7th and 8th grade boys' team and Kyra on the 5th and 6th grade girls' team. (Mar 2015)
  • Aquinas Academy was honored to have Bishop David A. Zubik celebrate Mass with us and then bless Mross-McGonigle Hall. Thank you, Bishop Zubik! View photos of this special occasion here. (Mar 23, 2015)
  • Congratulations to Laura Richthammer who won the school-wide Spelling Bee and will represent Aquinas Academy in the 4th-6th grade Diocesan Spelling Bee in May. The Spelling Bee words are considered to be 6th, 7th, and 8th grade words, as well as “frequently misspelled words”. All of the students who represented their classes in the final round did a great job! We know that Laura will represent Aquinas well at the Diocesan Bee! (Mar 19, 2015)
  • Aquinas Academy is delighted to announce that Bishop Zubik will celebrate Mass at 10:15am on Monday, March 23rd. Following Mass, he will bless Mross-McGonigle Hall. Parents and benefactors are invited to join us for this special occasion. (Mar 2015)
  • Senior Michael Tappe eclipsed the 1000 point mark early in the season. He finished fourth in single A scoring for the season with a career 1,448 points. He is our first basketball player to be invited to play in the WPIAL All-Star Game (Roundball Classic), Saturday April 18th at 6:00 pm at Geneva College. Congratulations, Michael, on a great season and a great career! (Mar 2015)
  • Congratulations to students in grades five through twelve who participated in the Pittsburgh Public Theater Shakespeare Monologue and Scene Competition. Eighth graders Elizabeth Blume and Erin Palmer were among the top 45 students chosen from around 1,100 participants to perform in the Showcase of Finalists! Honorable mentions for this year include the following students: Katie Yellin, Theresa Boyd, Declan Newcamp, Andy Marous, Benjamin Stalder, Timothy Zaharko, Joseph Richthammer, and Seth So. Congratulations to all of our participants; and a hearty thank you to their coaches. (Feb 2015)
  • Congratulations to the participants in this year’s regional Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS). Aquinas had 13 students earn first place awards and 12 students earn second place. First place winners are: Alex Garcia, Anni Truschel, Molly Maglio, Lauren Mroch, Mikey Seel, Coyne McDermott, Louis D’Angelo, Isabella Porta, Katie O’Connell, Elizabeth Blume, John Reed, Ella Stewart, and Natalie Zimmerman. Second place winners are: Katie Yellin, Brigid Newcamp, Mary Bence, Harry Hardman, Anthony Hite, Jack Kartsonas, Anthony Buck, Justin Panzarella, Clara Osburg, Ella Horner, Natalie Hyrcza, and Erin Palmer. First Place winners will go on to the State Competition in State College in May. (Feb 2015)
  • The High School Girls’ basketball team is the SouthWestern Christian Athletic Conference Championship Runner-up! After going undefeated in league play, the team entered the championship game looking to win for the third year in a row. It was not to be, as the girls lost to a tough First Baptist Christian School 48-18. Congratulations, girls, on a great season! (Feb 23, 2015)
  • Congratulations to John Reed and Ian Schirra for their strong performances at the AA Swimming WPIAL Championships held recently at the University of Pittsburgh. John and Ian swam their lifetime best times in each of their two events. John placed 20th in both the 200 yard and 500 yard freestyle events. Ian placed 19th in the 200 yard Individual Medley and 11th in the 100 yard breaststroke. Congratulations to both swimmers! (Feb 21, 2015)
  • Congratulations to Michael Tappe, who is ranked 4th in the list of final regular season scoring leaders for WPIAL and City League boys. View full list (Feb 13, 2015)
  • Pro-Life Night was held on Monday, February 9. This event raised money to benefit the projects of Viva Vita. The group will make a donation to Young Lives Three Rivers which assists young mothers in need. Viva Vita will also use the proceeds to purchase a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe for the school. The fun evening included a night of middle and high school basketball featuring senior night. Many volunteers contributed to special concession stand items, a bake sale, pro-life shop, and half-time contests. Everyone enjoyed the Cakes for Life contest which coincided with Pro-Life Night. (Feb 10, 2015)
  • Sophomore Ian Schirra recently swam to qualify for the 200 IM and 100 Breaststroke events for the 2014-2105 WPIAL Swimming Championships. He and classmate John Reed will be representing Aquinas Academy during the Championships to be held Feb. 20-21 at the University of Pittsburgh's Trees Pool. (Feb 4, 2015)
  • Congratulations to 5th grader Jillian Mercer, who won Aquinas Academy's Geo Bee competition! The Geo Bee is sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Jillian will now take a qualifying test which determines the top 100 scorers in the state, who will then advance to the state level Bee. (Jan 27, 2015)
  • The Aquinas Robotics Team scored 257 points in the 2014-2015 FIRST Lego League Championship at La Roche College this past Saturday. They earned 7th place out of 66 teams. This was the team’s first year, and they celebrate an amazing start to robotics at Aquinas. They also won a trophy for being an Inspiration to other teams. The team is having an Open House on January 31st from 10 to 12 o'clock for anyone interested in the Robotics Club. Come and see the team’s new space. » Open House Info (Jan 17, 2015)
  • Congratulations to sophomore John Reed, who secured qualifying slots in the 500 Freestyle event and the 200 Freestyle event for the 2014-2015 WPIAL Swimming Championships. The WPIAL Swimming Championships this year are scheduled for Feb. 20-21 at the University of Pittsburgh's Trees Pool. (Dec 19, 2014)
  • Five Aquinas Academy students competed at the Tri-State Junior Open Chess Tournament at CMU on Saturday, December 13. The chess team tied for 6th place. In the Grades 4 - 12 Beginner bracket, Liam Ellis earned the 2nd place (Unrated) ribbon and Gracie Burchill received the first place (Girl) ribbon. In the Grades K - 3 Beginner bracket Jonah Burchill won the 3rd place trophy and Billy Gallina won the 6th place ribbon. This was the first time that Aquinas Academy has competed as a team in a chess tournament. (Dec 13, 2014)
  • Students will start school Tuesday, December 9 in the new Mross-McGonigle Hall which will serve as the new home for high school students. The completed $4.85 million dollar building will provide our growing academy with 15 new classrooms, including two state-of-the-art science labs and an arts wing. Lower and middle school students will use the building for art and music classes. (Dec 9, 2014)
  • Aquinas Robotics entered their first ever competition and took 4th place overall out of 24 teams in the region at the Sewickley Academy Winter Fest. The team also had the highest score for a rookie team and won the "Best Disney Tune Parody". What a great start for the program! The 2014 Western PA FLL Grand Championship will be held January 17th, 2015 at La Roche College.(Dec 6, 2014)
  • Luke Gavel was recently named to the Western Pennsylvania Scholastic Chess Honor Roll. This makes Luke the 6th highest rated 9th grader in the region in chess. Congratulations, Luke! (Nov 2014)
  • Six of our twenty-four seniors have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as Commended Students based on the junior year PSAT achievement. Congratulations to Theresa Boyd, Peter Landau, Michael Lind, Lydia McCullough, John McKeating, and Richard Meland. This places these students among the top 50,000 scorers of the 1.4 million test-takers. (Nov 2014)
  • Jillian Kaercher and Clare Mortenson have been selected for all-section field hockey honors. Michael Tappe has been selected for all-section honors as a punter. Chris Miller has earned all-WPIAL honors for the second year in a row in soccer. Congratulations to all! (Nov 2014)
  • Aquinas Academy set to open $4.85 million expanded hall.” (Trib Total Media, Nov 5, 2014)
  • Aquinas Academy to open new hall” (Post-Gazette, Oct 30, 2014).
    View more photos of the building here.
  • Aquinas Academy recognized for excellence.” (Trib Total Media, Sept 24, 2014)
  • Aquinas Head of School, Leslie Mitros, accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! Watch Video  (Sept 05, 2014)
  • An article was recently published on pages 36-38 in the Fox Chapel Living magazine, featuring Aquinas Academy and alumna Caroline Henry. Aquinas Academy: Handing On the Fruits of Contemplation (August 2014)
  • Aquinas Academy Advisory Program is successful due to the attitude of the faculty - April 4th Pittsburgh Catholic article  > content of article (April 4, 2010)

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