Who We Are
Welcome to the Fox Chapel Area School District from Superintendent, Gene Freeman
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 2016-2017 school year was 4,072 students. There were 1,787 students at the elementary level (345 at Fairview, 354 at Hartwood, 381 at Kerr, and 707 at O'Hara); 929 students at the middle school; and 1,356 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 – 13 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 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
Class of 2008 – Critical Reading: 561, Math: 581, and Writing: 560
A total of 291 members (78 percent) of the 375 students in the Class of 2016 took the SAT during their junior or senior year.
The national average scores for all 2016 graduates taking the test were 494 in critical reading, 508 in math, and 482 in writing.
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 elementary and secondary 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. 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. The Fox Chapel Area School District was also named among the “Best Communities for Music Education” for the past five years. Additionally, Fox Chapel Area High School was given 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2009, and 2008 Silver Medal ranks by U.S.News & World Report and was ranked among the nation’s top high schools in 2016, 2013, and 2012 by Newsweek. The high school is ranked among the top 250 high schools in the nation and also received an “A+ Overall Niche Grade” on niche.com and 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 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, the Pennsylvania Outstanding Middle School Counselor of the Year, and finalists for the Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Award.