Chartiers Valley High School
(Established in 1959) is a public school in the Bridgeville
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borough of Allegheny County
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, USA. The school's on-site stadium is home to the professional soccer team the Pittsburgh Riverhounds
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. The school has an indoor swimming pool which is open to the public three evenings a week. A small fee is charged to district residents and non residents.
In 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued a new, 4 year cohort graduation rate. Chartiers Valley High School's rate was 96% for 2010.
According to traditional graduation rate calculations:
- 2010 - 98%
- 2009 - 96%
- 2008 - 97%
- 2007 - 97%
In 2010 the high school achieved AYP
status. In 2009 the school was in Warning
status due to chronic, low student achievement.
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Math:
- 2010 - 73% on grade level (13% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 66% of 11th graders on grade level.
- 2009 - 64% (17% below basic), State - 65%
- 2008 - 79%, State - 65%
11th Grade Science:
- 2010 - 65% on grade level (21% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 59% of 11th graders are on grade level
- 2009 - 55% (26% below basic), State - 56%
- 2008 - 69%, State - 56%
- 2010 - 50% on grade level (7% below basic). State - 39% of 11th graders on grade level.
- 2009 - 45% (11% below basic), State - 40%
- 2008 - 55%, State - 39%
According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 32% of Chartiers Valley School District graduates required remediation in mathematics and or reading
before they were prepared to take college level courses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
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or community colleges. Less than 66% of Pennsylvania high school graduates, who enroll in a four-year college in Pennsylvania, will earn a bachelor's degree within six years. Among Pennsylvania high school graduates pursuing an associate degree, only one in three graduate in three years. Per the Pennsylvania Department of Education
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, one in three recent high school graduates who attend Pennsylvania's public universities and community colleges takes at least one remedial course in math, reading or English.
The Chartiers Valley School Board requires that a student earn 28 credits to graduate including: English 4 credits, Mathematics 3 credits, Science 3 credits, Social Studies 3 credits (American Cultures 2, World Cultures 1), Technology 1 credit, Health 1 credit (.5 credit ninth and tenth grade), Physical Education 1 credit (.25 credit each year), FLEX program 1 credit, Arts and Humanities 3 credits and Electives 8 credits. Additionally, students must score in the proficient or advanced levels on the PSSA or a local assessment in order to graduate.
By law, all Pennsylvania secondary school students must complete a project as a part of their eligibility to graduate from high school. The type of project, its rigor and its expectations are set by the individual school district.
By Pennsylvania School Board regulations, for the graduating classes 2016, Chartiers Valley High School students must demonstrate successful completion of secondary level course work in Algebra I, Biology, English Composition, and Literature for which the Keystone Exams serve as the final course exams. Students’ Keystone Exam scores shall count for at least one-third of the final course grade.
The high school offers a Dual Enrollment program. This state program permits high school students to take courses, at local higher education institutions, to earn college credits. Students remain enrolled at their high school. The courses count towards high school graduation requirements and towards earning a college degree. The students continue to have full access to activities and programs at their high school. The college credits are offered at a deeply discounted rate. The state offers a small grant to assist students in costs for tuition, fees and books. Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions.
For the 2009-10 funding year, the school district received a state grant of $14,519 for the program.
In 2010, the high school received a grant of $9,801, from Highmark Healthy High 5 School Challenge, which was used to purchase the SPARK Physical Education curriculum and training for grades 9-12.
Classrooms for the Future Grant
Chartiers Valley School Board received a grant from the PA Department of Education to purchase equipment to help reform the high school's core subjects instruction and to prepare students for future employment by using cutting-edge equipment and software. The district used the funds to purchase laptops for students, laptops for teachers, laptop carts and other digital equipment. The grant provided additional funding for a technology coach to instruct teachers in using the equipment to improve instruction. In 2006-07 and 2007-08 the district applied for, but was denied Classroom for the Future funding by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In 2008-09, the district received $172,705. Beginning in 2006, Pennsylvania's Classrooms for the Future program distributed more than $150 million for laptops, interactive boards and other high-tech tools to 543 Pennsylvania high schools. In 2009, the Classrooms For the Future funding program was terminated due to a deep state revenue shortfall.
Awards and recognition
In 2007, Chartiers Valley High School's Art Program was awarded the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association's Silver Globe Award. The School had previously been awarded a Bronze Globe Award in 2005.
Also in 2005, Chartiers Valley's musical "Beauty and the Beast" won 5 awards at the 15th annual Gene Kelly Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theatre.
Student body demographics
As of 2005:
|| Number of students
| African American
| American Indian
The Chartiers Valley Colts are involved in both WPIAL Class AA, Class AAA, and Class AAAA sections.
The Chartiers Valley High School basketball team is five time WPIAL champions under coach Tim McConnell. With a record of 23-4 and section champs in the 2006-2007 season, making it to the WPIAL Championships against West Allegheny High School
West Allegheny Senior High School is located in Imperial, Pennsylvania, just outside the Pittsburgh International Airport. It houses students grades 9-12, and is currently in the stages of being remodeled...
, but losing in double overtime. Chartiers Valley is the 2009-2010 Section 4 Champions for the fourth year in a row.In 2010, the team won the WPIAL championship again and were PIAA finalists. The Post-Gazette recognized both men's and women's basketball teams as powerhouse programs. Since the 2000 season, the men have had a record of 215-53, while the women were 154-94. Combined the teams have a winning percentage of .715.
The Girls Basketball team was declared section champs on January 22, 2008 with a victory over Ringold.
The Girls varsity Track and Field team were the Section 7 Champs 08 for the first time since 1974.Currently, the girls team has won the section title for the fourth year in a row, the first girls team in school history to win four consecutive section titles. And are also 4 year Big 8 champs.
The Chartiers Valley Football Team has qualified for the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs every season since 2003.
The Chartiers Valley soccer team has won the WPIAL championship a total of 4 times (1959, 1960, 1962, 2001) and were runners-up three times (1969,1973,2004).In addition, they have won their section 7 times (1969,1971,1973,1989,2001,2006,2008). Since 2001, the team has compiled a combined record of 119-52-12. In that same time, they have made it to the WPIAL semifinals a total of six times. Of those six times, they have continued through to the WPIAL championship twice, winning in 2001.In 2002, the team made it to the PIAA Championship where they lost 2-1.In this same time,30 players have been named All-Section, while 20 earned a place on the All-WPIAL team. Moreover, this span has produced 6 All-State players, 4 East Regional All-Americans,2 Region II All-Americans and 2 National All-Americans (not including repeat winners and without information on the 2003 and 2004 seasons). This tradition has produced a total of nine professional players and three professional coaches.
The Chartiers Valley varsity ice hockey team won an AA Penguins Cup
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Championship in 1986. They also won the Nailers Cup in 2005
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