• Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) Program

    In the summer of 2012, the Pennsylvania Legislature passed a new regulation that allows eligible students to obtain a scholarship to attend a participating public or private school through the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) Program. To be eligible to apply for the OSTC program, a child's neighborhood school must be designated in the bottom 15% of schools statewide.

    According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) students attending or living in the attendance area of the following Pittsburgh Public Schools for the 2017 - 2018 school year can apply for the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit. If your child lives within the attendance area of one of the following schools, please call 412-529-3952.  
          K-5/K-8 Schools
    • Pittsburgh Arlington PreK-8
    • Pittsburgh Arsenal PreK-5
    • Pittsburgh Faison K-5
    • Pittsburgh Grandview K-5
    •       Pittsburgh King PreK-8
    •       Pittsburgh Langley K-8
    •       Pittsburgh Lincoln PreK-8
    •       Pittsburgh Miller PreK-5
    •       Pittsburgh Morrow PreK-8 
    •       Pittsburgh Sunnyside PreK-8
    •       Pittsburgh Weil PreK-5
    •       Pittsburgh Woolslair PreK-5

          6-8 Schools

    •       Pittsburgh Allegheny 6-8 
    •       Pittsburgh Arsenal 6-8
    •       Pittsburgh Schiller 6-8
    •       Pittsburgh South Hills 6-8
    •       Pittsburgh South Brook 6-8
    •       Pittsburgh Sterrett 6-8

          6-12/High Schools

    •       Pittsburgh Brashear High School
    •       Pittsburgh Milliones 6-12
    •       Pittsburgh Perry High School
    •       Pittsburgh Obama 6-12
    •       Pittsburgh Westinghouse 6-12
                Online Schools
    •    Pittsburgh Online Academy 4-12 
    The PDE designates schools in the bottom 15% of the state by combining each school's math and reading Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) proficiency scores. The proficiency scores used for the 2017 OSTC Program are the from the PSSA/Keystone Exams taken in spring 2016.

    Please note, the PASA/ PSSA and or Keystone exam only reflects the score on a single state exam and does not provide a comprehensive picture of our schools. At the Pittsburgh Public Schools, we believe success is more than what can just be measured by a single test. Schools are complex places that must be understood through multiple lenses, including how a school advances a student’s academic growth from year to year. To learn more about your child's school, please visit http://www.discoverpps.org


    What Does This Mean for Your Child?

    Your child is eligible to obtain a scholarship to attend a participating public or nonpublic school through the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program (OSTC) for the 2017-18 school year.  Your child may qualify for a scholarship even if he or she did not attend (School Name) for the 2016/2017 school year or if he or she is planning to attend another school within the Pittsburgh Public Schools, a private, parochial, or charter school in 2017/2018.

    How do I know if my child qualifies for the OSTC program?

    Eligible students are defined as those school-age children living in the attendance boundary of a low-achieving school as of the first day of classes and whose household income meets the following criteria:


    • Annual income no greater than $75,000 plus $15,000 for each dependent member of the household; and
    • For students with a disability additional adjustment for the allowance will be made pursuant to the law.


    Where Can I Find More Information?

    An overview of the OSTC Program is available at www.pghschools.org/educationalresources. School Districts have been directed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to have parents and families visit their website (www.education.state.pa.us) for more information.


    How do I apply for the OSTC program?

    To apply, parents/guardians must contact and enroll their student in a participating public or nonpublic school through an approved Opportunity Scholarship Organization. The list of opportunity scholarship organizations is available on Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website, http://dced.pa.gov/opportunity-scholarship-tax-credit-program-faq/

     Please note, each OSO has a different application process. Families should work through the approved OSO, not the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development or Pittsburgh Public Schools to participate in this program. Some OSO’s may require a copy of this letter as a part of their process. Please retain this letter for your files.