Fox Chapel Area School District
611 Field Club Road / Pittsburgh, PA 15238 / 412.963.9600
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News & Headlines

Students Win Awards in State Science Competition

Several Fox Chapel Area School District students recently won awards at the 84th Annual State Meeting of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS). Fox Chapel Area first-place state winners were juniors Vaishavi Agrawal, Zachary Lakkis, Kathryn Schwartzman, Gina Wang, and Ziya Xu;...

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FCAHS 2018 Graduation

Approximately 325 Fox Chapel Area High School seniors will graduate on Sunday, June 10, 2018. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. and will be held at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall located at 4141 Fifth Street in Oakland. The student speakers at the ceremony will be graduating seniors Braddock Lalor...

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Rotary Honors High School Seniors

The Rotary Club of Fox Chapel Area this month honored 15 seniors at Fox Chapel Area High School and nine at Shady Side Academy for academic excellence while meeting the Rotary ideals of good citizenship and service to their school and community. Jacob Klein of FCAHS and Leila Skinner of SSA were...

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HS to Receive Governor's Civic Engagement Award

Fox Chapel Area High School has earned the Gold Level of the Governor’s Civic Engagement Award. The award recognizes and commemorates the efforts of the next generation of leaders to educate, engage, and inform their fellow students about how to get involved in the voting process. Specifically,...

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High School Students Chosen for Band Honors

Several Fox Chapel Area High School students were selected to perform with prestigious bands. •Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) All-State Band – Six students were selected by audition to perform with the prestigious 2018 PMEA All-State Band. The students are senior Elizabeth Mountz;...

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Welcome to the Fox Chapel Area School District from Superintendent, Gene Freeman 

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The Fox Chapel Area School District is a nationally recognized, award-winning school district that produces high achievement in students, with a motivated and professional faculty and an involved and caring administration. The district is located in a dynamic, suburban community about 12 miles northeast of downtown Pittsburgh.

It is approximately a 20-minute drive from Oakland, Pittsburgh's university and cultural center, and approximately a 25-minute drive from downtown Pittsburgh. Fox Chapel Area High School opened in 1961. The district is made up of six municipalities which include: Aspinwall, Blawnox, Fox Chapel, Indiana, O'Hara, and Sharpsburg. This includes an area of about 36 square miles with approximately 30,000 residents. The population represents a wide range of social, economic, cultural, and religious backgrounds. The school district provides a comprehensive array of educational opportunities to serve the needs of this diverse population and to meet the high expectations of its residents. 

The total enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year is 4,009 students. There are 1,767 students at the elementary level (358 at Fairview, 371 at Hartwood, 365 at Kerr, and 673 at O'Hara); 896 students at the middle school; and 1,346 students at the high school.

Postsecondary Education, Class of 2017

A total of 321 students were members of the Fox Chapel Area High School Class of 2017. Of those graduates, 287 (89.5%) are continuing their education: 236 (73.6%) are attending 4-year colleges and 51 (15.9%) are attending 2-year colleges or other types of institutions. Of those students continuing their education at four-year institutions, 136 (58%) are enrolled in colleges or universities outside of Pennsylvania.

National Merit Finalists

Class of 2017 – 14 Finalists (18 Commended)

Class of 2016 – 16 Finalists (9 Commended)

Class of 2015 – 9 Finalists (12 Commended)

Class of 2014 – 8 Finalists (18 Commended)                                                                                                                           

Class of 2013 – 17 Finalists (9 Commended)

Class of 2012 – 9 Finalists (15 Commended)

Class of 2011 – 11 Finalists (17 Commended)

Class of 2010 – 5 Finalists (11 Commended)

Class of 2009 – 10 Finalists (19 Commended)

Average SAT Scores

Class of 2017 – Evidence-Based Reading & Writing: 611 and Math: 606

Class of 2016 – Critical Reading: 563, Math: 572, and Writing: 557

Class of 2015 – Critical Reading: 562, Math: 574, and Writing: 561

Class of 2014 – Critical Reading: 568, Math: 583, and Writing: 569                                                                              

Class of 2013 – Critical Reading: 567, Math: 578, and Writing: 561

Class of 2012 – Critical Reading: 554, Math: 573, and Writing: 549

Class of 2011 – Critical Reading: 567, Math: 577, and Writing: 563

Class of 2010 – Critical Reading: 565, Math: 581, and Writing: 562

Class of 2009 – Critical Reading: 563, Math: 568, and Writing: 562

A total of 240 members (72 percent) of the 332 students in the Class of 2017 took the SAT during their junior or senior year.

The national average scores for all 2017 graduates taking the test were 538 in evidence-based reading & writing, and 533 in math.

District Awards

The district has received both national and state recognitions. The Pennsylvania and United States departments of education have recognized individual buildings and programs through their school recognition programs. All six of our schools have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools and two of our schools, Fox Chapel Area High School and Fairview Elementary School, received the designation twice. In 2016, the district was one of only 19 new school districts nationwide accepted into Digital Promise’s League of Innovative Schools. The district also consistently receives an “A+ Overall Niche Grade” on niche.com and is ranked among the top 50 school districts in the nation. The district was also named among the “Best Communities for Music Education” for the past several years. In 2017, the district was honored by the College Board with placement on the 7th Annual AP® District Honor Roll, a distinction for districts that show significant gains in student access and success on Advanced Placement courses and tests. The high school was recognized for Programs of Distinction in Visual Arts in 2015 and received Exemplary Educational Program Credentials in music and school counseling in 2012 from the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. Dorseyville Middle School was named a 2013 and a 2010 Pennsylvania Don Eichhorn Schools: Schools to Watch school. Additionally, Fox Chapel Area High School has been awarded Silver Medal rankings by U.S.News & World Report over the past decade and is consistently ranked among the nation’s top high schools by Newsweek. The high school is also ranked among the top 200 high schools in the nation and received an “A+ Overall Niche Grade” on niche.com. The school was also named among the 2017 Washington Post’s America’s Most Challenging High Schools. Other commendations have recognized district programs and individuals, including the 2017 Carson Scholars Fund Power of Excellence Award, the 2017 Carnegie Science Center’s Elementary Educator Award, The Henry Ford Teacher Innovator Award, the 2015 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year, the 2013 Outstanding Superintendent Award from the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA), the 2012 PMEA District 1 Citation of Excellence, the 2011 Assistant Principal of the Year, the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award, a Disney Teacher Award, the Pennsylvania Elementary Teacher of the Year, the Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year, Outstanding Secondary Art Educator of the Year, the Environmental Education Teacher of the Year, the Pennsylvania Elementary Counselor of the Year, and the Pennsylvania Outstanding Middle School Counselor of the Year.

2017-2018 Fox Chapel Area High School Profile

Brochure for Prospective Residents

Feature Stories

Bell Time Study

As residents may be aware, the school district was asked to explore later start times for high school students. Below you will find the results of a study that was conducted by an independent party related to the impact that a later start time would have on district busing.

School Safety

The district held a meeting on school safety April 16. Click HERE to watch the video from the meeting. 

Click below to see the safety letter that was emailed to all parents on 3 15 18.

Elem. & DMS Summer STEAM Camp

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Please click below to learn more about the district's summer STEAM camp!

New HS Summer Program: Empower2018

Empower2018 is designed to help prepare young people for the real world. The program will run from June 18–28.  Students from any school district are invited to apply. For more information, visit wpalearning.fcasd.edu, or contact Lisa Gibson at 412/967-2479 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Click below to read an article on Empower2018.

Keystone Collections Group Information

Keystone Collections Group has a phone line dedicated exclusively to taxpayer inquiries during the tax filing season. The number is 1-866-539-1100.

Click on the link below for a flyer that will assist residents in contacting Keystone.
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