Why Choose Us

Who we are

New Academy Charter School has created a student learning atmosphere which is unlike any other they have previously attended. From our staff and faculty to our classroom setting and supplemental services, everything at the school is designed to demonstrate a new approach to learning for young people who have rarely experienced academic success.

New Academy Charter School is licensed by The Pennsylvania Department of Education, overseen by Pittsburgh Public Schools and staffed by certified teachers. Classes are offered in disciplines which include math, science, English, social studies, and health/physical education. In addition, classes are designed in a manner to ensure individualized attention and focus.

For students who arrive at New Academy Charter School functioning below their appropriate grade level, we strive to accelerate their capabilities within core subjects by offering a comprehensive educational setting. Specifically, students benefit from supplemental services including but not limited to tutoring, special education services, and instructional support.

Additionally, we offer a cooperative environment between all stakeholders involved in the student’s education. Our staff at New Academy Charter School is constantly communicating with parents, case workers, probation officers, and community members, enabling the students an opportunity to succeed. We also have a full behavioral support team, as well as two full-time probation officers in our building to work with our students and staff.

Our Mission

The mission of New Academy Charter School, based on the belief that all students can learn, is to produce citizens able to think critically and function successfully, with integrity, in a rapidly changing, highly competitive world. We accept the responsibility to prepare students for life-long learning by providing a quality education through varied learning experiences in partnership with our community.

Our Vision

New Academy Charter School is a place where students can reach their full potential.  Every decision made will be based on what is best for our students.  We will support each other as we explore innovative ways to educate our students.  We are confident that the teachers here at New Academy Charter School are equipped with the knowledge and skills to provide an exceptional educational experience.

Students are a community’s most precious treasure. At New Academy Charter School, we believe that all students deserve a safe and loving place where each student is encouraged to grow to their full potential. An individualized approach to teaching addresses the unique needs of each student and helps the students to progress along their chosen pathway.  New Academy Charter School staff strives to instill a sense of grit and perseverance through the implementation of a growth mindset philosophy that provides students with a toolbox for success regardless of their chosen path.

New Academy Charter School believes in meeting students where they are, cultivating their unique talents and interests, and growing them to realize their full potential. Students leave New Academy Charter School armed with the knowledge and skills necessary for them to continue growing as individual learners so that they create a successful future for themselves and society in an ever-changing world.
New Academy Charter School will be the model of a learner-centered school

Core Beliefs

  1. Student Achievement is the most important thing. We must do it well.
  2. Our school is only as great as the people in it. There are no excuses!
  3. Each and every person and student at New Academy Charter School is significant. I matter. You matter. We matter.
  4. All staff must be a lead learner. It starts with school leaders. If you are a leader, do everything you can to grow yourself and create the right environment for others to grow.
  5. We will never give up on our students. Every child deserves an adult who will never give up on them.

Our History

New Academy Charter School was created in 2005 with the joint support of the Allegheny County Juvenile Court and the City of Pittsburgh Public Schools. Based on the Academy Schools’ successful tradition of providing juvenile offenders with opportunities for growth, development, and rehabilitation, the charter school was designed to create the same environment in a high school setting. When the charter school opened in 2005 with approximately 80 students, the objective was to provide educational services to juvenile offenders whose lack of previous academic success clearly correlated extremely poor attendance, behavior problems, and academic deficiencies.

Since 2005, not only has the enrollment at New Academy Charter School expanded but the population of students served has also changed dramatically. Our school now caters to a more diverse segment of students seeking a unique and individualized academic opportunity that addresses the challenges they experienced in their previous educational setting.  Furthermore, New Academy Charter School students come from school districts throughout Allegheny County.

The success our student achieve is based on the specialized education environment that New Academy Charter School provides. From the Pittsburgh Public School Board perspective, the impetus for The New Academy Charter School was a vehicle to address the needs of students who are experiencing chronic truancy, suspension, and behavioral problems in the regular school environment, and that continues to be the model today