Chartiers-Houston School District

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Students at Chartiers-Houston School District score above the state average in reading and math tests, often take college-level courses, graduate at above-average levels and tend to be ready for college.

Chartiers-Houston School District is the public school system for about 1,100 students in grades kindergarten through twelfth in Chartiers Township and Houston, PA.

Students attend Allison Park Elementary School from kindergarten through 6th grade, and Chartiers-Houston Junior/Senior High School from 7th through graduation.

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Students at Char Houston are readers. At least 72% of the students are proficient at reading. This is better than the statewide average of 62%. The results place the schools in the top 20% of public schools in PA for Reading/Language Arts Proficiency, according to, which provides profiles of school districts across America.

Char Houston students are also better at math than the state average. Half the students are proficient at math, while across PA 45% of public school students are good at it.

During high school, about half the students take Advanced Placement (AP) courses – college-level learning with exams that could lead to student credits in college. Students enroll in AP math, science and other courses at above state averages, GreatSchools reported. GreatSchools is a nonprofit organization that offers evidence-based information to parents about their children’s schools.

The graduation rate is well above the state median. Students from Char Houston who are headed to college are interested in the University of Pittsburgh, Penn State and Duquesne University, according to Niche.

Chartiers-Houston Junior/Senior High School is ranked 154 out of 678 PA public schools on the College Readiness Index published by U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News ranks 24,000 high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia as one way for parents to assess how well schools serve their students.

Students have access to Western Area Career & Technology Center (WACTC), which provides hands-on technical training in 14 areas that employers are hiring in. Many programs provide paid work during school in a real-world setting at actual employers. Certifications are available in many fields, providing credentials that can lead to jobs right after graduation.

Chartiers-Houston School District has a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. This is a better student-teacher ration than the state average of 15:1. The state average is reported by the Public School Review. Lower student-teacher ratios are generally considered better.

The school’s colors are maroon and gold. Sports teams are nicknamed the Bucs. Students play in the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) 2A.

Large numbers of residents attend school events such as athletic competitions, music concerts, and theatrical presentations.

Chartiers-Houston School District

About half of the students qualify for free and reduced meals, the school district wrote on its website. “35% of students are economically disadvantaged,” according to U.S. News & World Report.

The Chartiers-Houston School District is overseen by an elected 9-member School Board. Board members, who serve without pay, hold a monthly work session on the second Monday of each month. Board Meetings are scheduled on the third Monday of the month.

Chartiers Houston school students perform well on standardized tests. Many take college-level courses and are ready for college on graduation. Along the way, extracurricular activities are made available.

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