National Math + Science Initiative 2016-2018
Chartiers Valley High School has been selected to participate in the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) College Readiness Program. The primary purpose of the program is to raise expectations of students by encouraging more students to take college-level courses and equipping them with the skills they need to be successful. The District will receive a three year $926,000 grant to implement the program during the 2015-2016 school year. Learn more about NMSI>>
Pittsburgh Personalized Learning Consortium
Chartiers Valley School District is part of the Pittsburgh Personalized Learning Consortium. Hosted by the Grable Foundation, the Pittsburgh Personalized Learning Consortium includes educators from neighboring school districts who want to integrate personalized learning into their classrooms. In addition to Chartiers Valley, Avonworth, Baldwin-Whitehall, Burrell, Deer Lakes, Elizabeth Forward, Fox Chapel Area, Fort Cherry, Frazier, North Allegheny, Northgate, Steel Valley and South Fayette plan to participate. This “Personalized Learning Consortium” facilitates collaboration between our region’s most innovative teachers and administrators, so they can learn from each other’s experiences and ultimately improve education for all our children. The goal of personalized learning is to meet the unique needs of each student – tapping into their passions to deliver educational experiences tailored to how they learn best. This project is supported in part by a grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a philanthropic organization established by Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, a pediatrician and founder of The Primary School in East Palo Alto, California.
Engineering-Project Lead The Way Consortium
Chartiers Valley School District has received funding from the Benedum Foundation to develop and implement a pilot Engineering-PLTW (Project Lead the Way) Consortium. The goal of the Consortium is to develop relationships with other districts that will provide mutual support for the enhancement of engineering programs and activities in the region, to provide opportunities for professional development and leadership training for regional teachers and to build capacity in the region to support opportunities for students to develop skills – such as problem solving, critical thinking, and innovative thinking. In addition to support from the Benedum Foundation, the Chevron Corporation has also contributed to this endeavor.
Chartiers Valley teachers and administrators are dedicated to providing students with relevant, real-world learning opportunities, which has played a significant role in making our district a leader in STEM education, as well as a resource for school districts throughout the region.
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Common Sense Certified School: Digital Citizenship 2017
Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized Chartiers Valley Primary School as a Common Sense Certified School: Digital Citizenship. The Primary School has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying.
Mix It Up Model School 2016 and 2017
The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program has named Chartiers Valley Middle School a Mix It Up Model School for its exemplary efforts to foster respect and understanding among its students and throughout its campus during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years. “We are delighted to recognize CVMS,” said Teaching Tolerance Director Maureen Costello. “The Model Schools don’t just pay lip service to the values of respect and inclusion. They went above and beyond to provide students an opportunity to get to know their classmates and to maintain a sense of unity. Other schools hoping to have a similar impact can look to these Model Schools for guidance and inspiration.”
PSMLA Golden Globe Award 2017
The Chartiers Valley World Languages Program is a recipient of a 2017 Golden Globe Award! The Golden Globe Award is the highest of the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association’s “Exemplary Program Awards.” Schools must meet the rigorous criteria established by PSMLA in order to qualify for the award. Prior to receiving the Golden Globe Award this year, Chartiers Valley High School received the Silver Globe Award for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years. Congratulations to the World Languages faculty – Madame Belcastro, Senor Douglas, Herr Kasper, Senora Kissinger, Madame Maher, Senora Reitlinger, Frau Zollars, Senora Bautista, Senor Chatlak, Senor Majernik, Senora Cottom and Senora Lapinski!
School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS) 2015 and 2016
The Primary School has been recognized as a model Tier 1 school for Universal School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and supports. The school community passed an evaluation with flying colors two years in a row. As a result, the school is eligible for grant opportunities to sustain and extend our school-wide programs, which help all students to “Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe.” In 2016, the Primary School received a grant for the expansion of the SWPBIS Tier 2 and Tier 3 programming.
Washington Post's Most Challenging Schools in America 2014-2017
The Washington Post lists Chartiers Valley High School among America's most challenging high schools. View the rankings here>>
According to the Washington Post, "The index score is the number of college-level tests given at a school in the previous calendar year divided by the number of graduates that year. Also noted are the percentage of students who come from families that qualify for lunch subsidies (Subs. lunch) and the percentage of graduates who passed at least one college-level test during their high school career, called equity and excellence, (E&E). A (P) next to the school's name denotes a private school."
District Administration's District of Distinction 2015
Chartiers Valley was recognized as a “District of Distinction” by District Administration magazine in 2015. The magazine highlighted CV for its innovative K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program, noting that this program, which includes a variety of Project Lead The Way courses, provided students the opportunity to take advanced engineering, architectural, mechanical and machine fabrication and technology courses. “We are pleased to honor Chartiers Valley as a District of Distinction,” says JD Solomon, editorial director at District Administration magazine. “Like all our honorees, Chartiers Valley School District serves as a model for school leaders across the country.” According to District Administration magazine, “Districts of Distinction is a national recognition program created by District Administration magazine to honor school districts that are leading the way with new ideas that work.”
FETC National STEM Excellence Award 2015
The Chartiers Valley Engineering Academy was recognized by the FETC STEM Advisory Board as one of the top ten STEM programs in the country in 2015. Chartiers Valley was a finalist among over one hundred applications received by the board. The FETC STEM Advisory Board found the district’s use of its STEM program both impressive and innovative, stating, “We are very proud of your accomplishment and want to share your success with the entire education community."
University of Pittsburgh's 2015 Pre-K–12 Educator Award
Dr. Brian White Jr. was recognized for his outstanding work as the Chartiers Valley School District superintendent at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education Awards. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the school district, this award recognizes Dr. White's ability to engage the community and facilitate a comprehensive strategic plan. Currently, Dr. White is leading the district through the construction of a new high school and middle school.
National Association of School Resource Officers Model Agency Award 2014
Chartiers Valley School District, in conjunction with Collier Township and Scott Township, was designated as a 2014 Model Agency by the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) for its School Resource Officer program. The model agency recognition is awarded to agencies that exemplify the NASRO Triad Concept – trainings, policies and standards – to ensure professional service to the school community. Learn more>>
Tristate Area Study Council's Distinguished School Board
The Chartiers Valley Board of School Directors has been selected as one of Tri-State Area School Study Council’s D. Richard Wynn Distinguished School Boards. This award recognizes the hard work of School Boards, placing the winners in the highest tier of educational administration. The Chartiers Valley Board of School Directors began to actively participate in a self-reflection process in an effort to reevaluate how the board made decisions. Following their self-reflection, the Board members authorized the implementation of a strategic planning process that engaged administrators, teachers, students, parents and the community. This new strategic plan helped refocus the School Board and the school district on the ultimate goal – making a positive impact on kids.
Visit our Faculty Awards page to see even more Chartiers Valley awards and honors.