Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy

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Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy
Henry Clay Frick Training School for Teachers - IMG 1427.JPG
Dream. Discover. Design.
107 Thackeray St.
Pittsburgh, PA

United States
Type Public - Magnet
Established 2009
School district Pittsburgh Public Schools
Principal Mr. Shawn McNeil
Teaching staff 23[1]
Grades 6–12
Enrollment 548 as of September, 2013[2]
Color(s) White and blue
Mascot Sci-Tech Thundersharks
Newspaper The Byte (retired), The Sextant (Future)
Henry Clay Frick Training School for Teachers
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Northern side of the building
Location 107 Thackeray Ave., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1927
Architect Ingham & Boyd
Architectural style Classical Revival
MPS Pittsburgh Public Schools TR
NRHP Reference # 86002668[3]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP September 30, 1986
Designated PHLF 2002[4]

Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy is a public school in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. It currently serves grades 6-12 in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. Its building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on Sept. 30, 1986.[3][5]


Originally the building served as the home for the Henry Clay Frick Training School for Teachers, founded by Henry Clay Frick in 1927, which served a training school for teachers. In 1983 it became a middle school housed at Dilworth School in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of East Liberty. Pittsburgh Frick 6–8 Middle School moved to the building in 1986, and was temporarily located at Reizenstein which is called the Barack Obama Academy of International Studies 6-12. The Barack Obama Academy of International Studies 6-12 is now located in the former Peabody High School building in East Liberty. In June 2009, staff working on The Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy received possession of the Frick International Studies Academy building. Sci-Tech officially opened to students in September 2009 after a pilot project by graduate students at Carnegie Mellon Heinz College.[6][7]

Operating Schedule

Pittsburgh SciTech offers a block-schedule of classes; using this structure it allows students 80 minute classes. A small student to teacher ratio provides a safety net so that each student can receive individual attention in areas they may need extra help in as well as being moved to advanced classes if they need more of a challenge. Field trips to local attractions in the Oakland area are plentiful and make use of local libraries, museums, universities and seasonal attractions. Also, students are given 60 minutes a day to entertain themselves in a list of activities which are not school related, this is called Activity Period.


Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy offers four fields of science for students to focus on. These fields, named "Concentrations", are split into the following categories:

  • Computers and Connections
  • Body and Behavior
  • Form and Function
  • Environment and Energy

These sub-categories cover a wide range of careers and offer early experience in classes they would not study otherwise. Students pick their concentration at the end of their Ninth-grade year. The pickings are chosen in a weighted lottery, biased on grades, behavior, and attendance.

Computers and Connections

The Computers and Connections concentration focuses on teaching students computational thinking; breaking hard problems up into easier steps.

Body and Behavior

In the body and behavior concentration, students focus on aspects of health and science. Also students are given accelerated teaching about different professions and health careers.

Form and Function

Form and Function focuses on engineering and the different aspects of it. The students have won a "Dream Team" competition for best design in the past.

Environment and Energy

Environment and Energy teaches students about Environment and Energy in the form of hands on activities in Panther Hollow creek and elsewhere, and learning about the aspects of each.


  1. Total Students: 548
  2. African-American: 255 (47%)
  3. American Indian: 3 (1%)
  4. Asian: 16 (3%)
  5. Hispanic: 11 (2%)
  6. Multi-Racial: 38 (7%)
  7. White: 225 (41%)
  8. Male Students: 363 (66%)
  9. Female Students: 185 (34%)


  1. "Pittsburgh Science and Technology: Teaching Staff".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Pittsburgh Science and Technology: School Information". PPS Web Site. Retrieved 2007-05-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 Staff (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Historic Landmark Plaques 1968-2009 (PDF). Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. 2010. Retrieved 2011-07-28.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Pennsylvania Historic Resource Survey Form: Frick Middle School" (PDF). April 1986. Retrieved 2010-06-08.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]
  6. http://www.pps.k12.pa.us/pst/site/default.asp
  7. http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/newsletter-pages/pgh-sci-tech/index.aspx

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