Aquinas Academy Building on Success— The Next STORY

Aquinas Academy of Pittsburgh

Southwestern PA’s only Preschool through Grade 12 Private Catholic School

A Preschool - Grade 12 Private Catholic School

Tue., 12/01/20 is Block Day 7

Aquinas Academy Building on Success— The Next STORY

New Aquinas Academy Lower⁄Middle School Building Rendering

In June 2021, Aquinas Academy will break ground on a new $4.9 million dollar lower/middle school building, which will benefit students of all ages!

Aquinas Academy’s many years of steady enrollment growth has been enabled by the generosity of our past benefactors, who have sustained us financially, funded our financial aid programs, and enabled us to acquire and construct our current campus. This Legacy of Giving is described in the Building Campaign Letter. Learn more about the project on this page and in a virtual webinar recording.

Please consider helping us to add another “STORY” to our success by giving now, or, during our Days of Giving from November 27 - December 1!

Gift Recognition Levels

Building Campaign gifts may be spread over 3 years.

  • $1,000,000 Building Naming Rights
  • $250,000 Building Wing Naming Rights
  • $100,000 Bridge Naming Rights
  • $50,000 Science & Computer Labs Naming Rights
  • $50,000 Teachers’ Workroom/ Lounge Naming Rights
  • $30,000 Classroom Naming Rights
  • $20,000 Gold Level Leadership Donor Plaque
  • $10,000 Silver Level Leadership Donor Plaque
  • $5,000 Donor Plaque
  • $1,500–$4,900 Brick Pavers

Highlights

  • Benefits all three school levels
  • With the completion of the new building, the lower school will move into the first floor with classrooms that are both larger and greatly improved over existing classrooms.

    The middle school will move into the second floor and have significantly more classrooms and total space for learning, eliminating the need for middle school to travel to the high school building; enhancing the unique identity of our middle school.

    High school students will benefit from the additional space with the relocation of the middle school classes from the high school building to the new building.
  • Science and computer labs, nurse’s office, larger classrooms, new amenities for outside activities, and more
  • The new building will help us provide our students with the science and computer labs, a new library in the existing Kindergarten room, and other instructional resources consistent with our mission of being the most academically excellent Catholic school in western Pennsylvania, greatly enhancing students’ ability to master our challenging classical curriculum with the classroom tools of the 21st century.
    A new restroom facility accessible only from the outside will be appreciated by Aquinas families when cheering on our sports teams on the field and enjoying other outdoor Aquinas activities.
  • Improved lighting, air-quality, thermal conditions, acoustics, and security
  • Improved lighting, air-quality, thermal conditions, acoustics, and security will lead to healthier, safer, and happier students and even greater learning capacity.
  • An expected increase of students, faculty, academic offerings, clubs, athletic teams, and social opportunities
  • Many of our current K - 8 grades have waiting lists for enrollment. The new building will provide space to accommodate our current students and the many families seeking an Aquinas Academy education.

    An increase in mission driven faculty gives our students more role models and opportunities for formation in the knowledge, practice, and love of our Catholic faith even in the midst of a culture that increasing rejects the need for Jesus Christ and His saving light in our world.

    Continued increases in enrollment will give our students more academic offerings, faculty, athletic teams, clubs, and social opportunities.
  • A new Fine Arts Wing in the existing middle school
  • Students from all three levels will enjoy art, music, choir, and band in the new Fine Arts Wing which will be located in the current middle school.
  • Small class sizes of less than 18 - 22 students per room
  • Even with the increase in space and expected enrollment, class sizes will still be limited to between 18 – 22 students at the lower and middle school, and 50 per grade in the high school.
  • Enhanced opportunities for delivering our time-tested mission of forming tomorrow’s Catholic Christian leaders
  • Our alumni continue to share with us their success stories – in college and beyond. Please help us to continue our commitment to producing these well-formed Catholic Christian leaders by continuing the great legacy of support of our past benefactors.
  • The campaign is supported with prayer
  • Our benefactors are remembered daily in our prayers at Mass.

    Students are seeking Our Lady’s intercession by praying the Memorare daily for the success of the building campaign and the continued growth of their school.
  • More information can be read in the Building Campaign Letter by Head of School, Mrs. Leslie Mitros, and Aquinas Academy of Pittsburgh President of the Board, Mr. Peter Blume, Esq.
  • Architectural design is by TKA Architects, Inc. The architectural drawings can be viewed in this slideshow presention (pdf).
Member of Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools Member of Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Member of Pittsburgh Consortium of Independent Schools Ranked No.1 Catholic High School in Pennsylvania by Niche.com 2015 & 2016 Ranked No.1 Catholic High School in Pittsburgh Area by Niche.com 2015-2021