Explore Squirrel Hill

Educational Institutions

Squirrel Hills offers its residents nationally ranked public and private schools, and internationally renowned colleges and universities. Parents of children in Squirrel Hill can choose from a broad array of educational options, both in the public and the private school sector. Many of these public, private, and religious options are located in Squirrel Hill or are within an easy bus ride, bike ride, or drive.

PreK-12 Schools


Pittsburgh Minadeo
6502 Lilac St., 15217

Hillel Academy
5685 Beacon St., 15217

Carlow University Campus School
3333 Fifth Ave., 15213

Community Day School
6424 Forward Ave., 15217

Jewish Community Center
5738 Forbes Ave., 15217

Carriage House Children’s Center
5604 Solway St., 15217

Congregation Beth Shalom
5915 Beacon St., 15217

Yeshiva Schools
2100 Wightman St., 15217

Shady Lane
100 N. Braddock Ave., 15208

La Escuelita Arcoiris
5915 Beacon St., 15217

Public Schools

Pittsburgh Public Schools (excludes 19 magnet programs)

Elementary Schools

Pittsburgh Colfax
2332 Beechwood Blvd., 15217
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Pittsburgh Linden
725 S Linden Ave., 15208
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Pittsburgh Minadeo
6502 Lilac St., 15217
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Middle Schools

Pittsburgh Colfax
2332 Beechwood Blvd., 15217
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Sterrett Classical Academy
7100 Reynolds St., 15208
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High Schools

Taylor Allderdice 
2409 Shady Ave., 15217
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Public Charter Schools

(excludes 9 charters in other parts of the city)

Environmental Charter School
Primary: 309 S Braddock Ave
Intermediate: 829 Milton St
Middle: 5525 Columbo St

Propel Hazelwood K-8
5401 Glenwood Ave., 15207

Private Schools

Religious – Jewish

Community Day School
6424 Forward Ave., 15217

5685 Beacon St., 15217

2100 Wightman St., 15217

Religious – Catholic

Campus Laboratory School of Carlow University
3333 Fifth Ave., 15213

Central Catholic
4720 Fifth Ave., 15213

St. Bede
6920 Edgerton Ave., 15208

Oakland Catholic
144 N. Craig St., 15213

Sacred Heart
325 Emerson St., 15206


Ellis School
6425 Fifth Ave., 15206

Shady Side Junior Academy
400 S. Braddock Ave., 15221

Waldorf School of Pittsburgh
201 S. Winebiddle St., 15224

Falk School
University of Pittsburgh, 15261

Shady Side Middle Academy
500 Squaw Run Road East, 15238

Winchester Thurston School
555 Morewood Ave., 15213

St. Edmund’s Academy
5705 Darlington Road, 15217

Shady Side Senior Academy
423 Fox Chapel Road, 15238

Colleges and Universities

Allegheny College

Ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 80 national liberal arts colleges in the country, Allegheny College in Meadville is known for academic quality and its personalized undergraduate program.

Carlow University

Carlow University is a private, liberal arts university in Oakland. Offering small classes, on-site and online programs, and generous financial aid, Carlow provides an exceptional education within a compassionate community rooted in the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy.

Carnegie Mellon University

Located in Squirrel Hill and Oakland, Carnegie Mellon is a global leader in technology that is ranked in the top 25 National Universities by U.S. News and World Report. CMU is also home to a world-renowned School of Drama.

Chatham University

Founded in 1869, Chatham University in Squirrel Hill has an enrollment of over 2,200 students and over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs in sustainability & health; business & communications; and the arts & sciences.

Duquesne University

Located in Uptown Pittsburgh, Duquesne is one of the leading major private, Catholic universities in the U.S. Its 9400 students come from 90 nations around the world. Recognized as one of the safest urban campuses in the U.S. by USA Today.

Geneva College

A private Christian college of liberal arts and sciences located in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. Student body enrollment is a little over 2000.

Grove City College

Since its founding in 1876, Grove City College, provides a high-quality liberal and professional education with an emphasis on Christian principals.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

IUP, the smallest BIG public university in Pennsylvania, is located northeast of Pittsburgh in Indiana, Pennsylvania. IUP is has three campuses and an annual enrollment of 14,000.

LaRoche College

Ranked as one of the safest four-year college campuses in the United States, La Roche is a private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh.

Pennsylvania State University

The main University Park campus is located about 3 hours east of Pittsburgh in State College, Pennsylvania, but Penn State also offers several Pittsburgh area campuses including Penn State McKeesport and Penn State New Kensington.

Point Park University

This independent, co-educational liberal arts university located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh puts an emphasis on career-based education. Best known for its programs in theatre, dance, business, education, and journalism and communications.

Robert Morris University

An independent, co-educational institution offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs, the 230 acre Moon Township campus has over 3000 students, while the Pittsburgh campus features a college atmosphere in a business setting.

Saint Vincent College

A four-year Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts college located in the Laurel Highlands region near Latrobe, PA (about 40 miles from Pittsburgh). SVC has been named by several leading magazines as one of the best college buys in the U.S.

Seton Hill University

Located in Greensburg, PA, east of Pittsburgh is a small liberal arts school with an excellent student/teacher ratio. Offers the opportunity to design your own major!

Slippery Rock University

One of the largest campuses in western PA, SRU s a public university located on 600 acres just 50 minutes north of downtown Pittsburgh. This liberal-arts school enjoys an enrollment of some 7,600 students in more than 100 degree programs.

University of Pittsburgh

Founded in 1787, the Pittsburgh Academy was located in a log cabin near Pittsburgh’s three rivers. It is now a state-related, public research university with 32,300 students and 9,600 faculty members, research associates, and staff.

Washington and Jefferson College

Founded in 1781, W&J is one of America’s oldest, national liberal arts colleges. Internationally known for its pre-law and pre-health programs. Located in Washington, Pennsylvania, about 40 minutes southwest of Pittsburgh.

Westminster College

Founded in 1852 and affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College is ranked first in the country in graduation rate performance among national liberal arts college, according to U.S. News & World Report, and is the most affordable national liberal arts college in Pennsylvania.

about SHUC

Preserving, Improving, and Celebrating the Quality of Life in Squirrel Hill

For over fifty years, the Coalition has been an active and important link in the community. It has served as a sounding board for new ideas, as well as a “watchdog” in the areas of public safety, education, residential quality, the business district, and parks and open space. With its focus on the quality of life in the 14th Ward, SHUC continues to monitor activities and future developments in the community through a range of standing committees.


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