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Serra Catholic High School
Ranked One of the Top Catholic High Schools in the Nation


Mr. Timothy Chirdon, Principal

Mr. Robert Childs, Assistant Principal

Ms. Stefanie Corcoran, Dean of Students

Mrs. Teresa Atkinson, School Counselor



Phone: 412.751.2020

Fax: 412.751.3488

Website: www.serrahs.org

Email: atkinsont@serrahs.org



A former steel mill town, now light industrial and business.  Widely varied socio-economic levels, located 18 miles east of Pittsburgh.



An independent Catholic school, overseen by a Board of Directors within the Diocese of Pittsburgh.  A co-ed enrollment of 390 students in grades 9-12.  Effective September 2014, was once again ranked one of the top Catholic high schools in the nation by the Cardinal Newman Society.



College preparatory curriculum with an honors track for accelerated learners.    27 credits are required for graduation.  21 courses are offered for a total of 68 college credits:


From Seton Hill University

Sociology (3), Tragedy (3), Advanced Biology (4), European History (3), History of Art (3), College Algebra (3), American Government (3), Human Anatomy (4), Basic Composition (3), and Introduction to Philosophy (3)


From Saint Vincent College

Introduction to Psychology (3), Spanish (3), French (3), US History 1865-present (3), and Creative Writing (3)


From the University of Pittsburgh

Business Calculus (4) & Calculus (4)


From Carlow University

Mercy & Justice in the World (3)


St. Francis University

Chemistry (4)


Eligibility for college credit courses: 3.0 GPA/instructor approval. 

A: 93-100%
B: 85-92%
C: 75-84%
D: 70-74%
F: 0-69%

Grade Point Average
The weighted QPA appear on student transcripts. The level of the course determines how the grade is factored into the GPA, QPA, or both:
Level 1 - academic course with support (A = 3.0)
Level 3 - academic course (A = 4.0)
Level 5 - honors level course (A = 5.0)
Level 7 - college credit course (A = 5.0)
Level 8 - factored into GPA but not QPA

Testing Programs
Incoming 9th graders: STS High School Placement Test
9th graders: Iowa Test of Educational Development
10th graders: Iowa Test of Educational Development and PSAT (100%)
11th graders: Practice Scholastic Aptitude Test (100%), SAT (86%) and ACT (55%)
12th graders: SAT (100%) and ACT (15%)

C.E.E.B. Test Results
SAT Math Average: 535
SAT Reading Average: 525

C.E.E.B. SCHOOL CODE: 392495

Graduating Class of 2015
90 Graduates
4-year colleges: 82%
2-year colleges: 15%
Employment: 3%

Extra Curricular Activities
Boys: soccer, football, cross country, swimming, golf, bowling, basketball, hockey, baseball, track and field
Girls: soccer, volleyball, cheerleading, swimming, basketball, hockey, softball, track and field

Other Activities
Junior Academy of Science, Junior Engineering and Technical Society, Robotics, Junior Achievement, Future Business Leaders of America, Pro-Life Club, Yearbook, Interact Club, Circle of Friends, Chess Club,