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

What's New for the 2018-2019 School Year?

•The first day of school for students for the 2018-2019 school year is Thursday, August 23, 2018.

•The projected enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year is 3,981 students.

•The district’s Web site is www.fcasd.edu. The district’s phone number is 412/963-9600.

•Student lunch prices in the Fox Chapel Area School District for the 2018-2019 school year will be $2.85 daily for secondary students and $2.55 daily for elementary students. Students eligible for a reduced-priced lunch will pay 40 cents daily at both the elementary and secondary levels. Breakfast for elementary and secondary students will be $1.35 daily. Students eligible for a reduced-price breakfast will pay 30 cents daily. The price of milk will be 75 cents daily.

•The parking lots at Dorseyville Middle School, Hartwood Elementary School, and Fairview Elementary School are being repaved and the sidewalks at these three schools are also being replaced, along with the exterior lighting.

•The construction of a new Kerr Elementary School has begun. The school is being built on the current Kerr School property and is slated to be completed in the fall of 2019.

•The renovations at O’Hara Elementary School are finishing up. The school is getting a newly renovated library/media center, a new main office suite, a new commons area with a teaching space, an updated cafeteria, upgrades to the gym, new art rooms, three new special education classrooms, new hallway lighting, and upgrades to the HVAC and other mechanical systems, among other things. Additionally, the exterior of the building has been painted and all the common spaces in the school have a fresh paint job.

•Hartwood Elementary School is getting a new secure vestibule. These renovations are being done to enhance safety and security at the school.

•Fox Chapel Area High School has an updated fitness center which includes new flooring and paint, as well as some new equipment which will be utilized by the athletic teams and the physical education classes. The field house was also painted and the landscaping was updated.

•Fox Chapel Area High School special education students will have the opportunity to participate in a pre-employment skills training program through Goodwill’s Good STEPS program and the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. Upon completion of the program, Goodwill will place students who successfully complete the class in paid work-based learning opportunities. 

•Dorseyville Middle School will offer a new course entitled Language Arts 8 Advanced which bridges the gap between Literacy 7 Advanced in grade 7 and English 9 Accelerated at the high school. The new course will employ advanced literary analysis experiences with both reading and writing. 

•Fox Chapel Area High School English 9 and 10, Academic and Accelerated courses, will be piloting new texts.  The new texts will engage students in challenging and engaging literature and literary scholarship experiences to further benefit our students.

•The Fox Chapel Area High School health and physical education department will be piloting an Open Educational Resource called CK-12 in health classes that allows for digital access to current materials as well as videos and other digital resources.

•Fox Chapel Area High School is implementing a new Engineering & Innovation course. The course taps into students’ interests in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. Students will work in teams to solve challenging engineering problems and apply 21st century skills.

•The Fox Chapel Area elementary school teachers will continue their implementation of Journeys (English Language Arts) for students in kindergarten-fifth grade, Fundations (phonics) for students in kindergarten-grade two, Eureka Mathematics for students in kindergarten-grade 5, and the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) curriculum.

•District administrators and teachers are working on developing and designing the new Spanish Immersion and Pre-K programs that will be held at the new Kerr Elementary School once construction is completed. These programs are in the process of being designed and planned and they will officially be implemented in the 2019-2020 school year.