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  •  The Chersky Family Parent engagement starts at home.  It’s hard for Bill Chersky not to be involved

    The Chersky Family

    It’s hard for Bill Chersky not to be involved in his son’s education. As a teacher at Pittsburgh Obama, Bill saw his son throughout the school day. “Other teachers would text my dad about me,” admits Dylan. But even though Dylan has moved on to Pittsburgh CAPA, the Cherskys are still engaged in Dylan’s learning, especially at home

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  •  The longtime collaboration between Pittsburgh Public Schools and 100 Black Men of Western PA, Inc.,

    100 Black Men of Western PA, Pittsburgh Public Schools host African American History Challenge

    The longtime collaboration between Pittsburgh Public Schools and 100 Black Men of Western PA, Inc., took place on Friday at Pittsburgh Greenway. Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Wayne N. Walters hosted the event, which included students from 19 middle schools and eight high schools showcasing their knowledge and cultural awareness.

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  •  Celebrating Young Talent: The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Teen Media Awards 2023

    Celebrating Young Talent: The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Teen Media Awards 2023

    The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Teen Media Awards for 2023 recently concluded, leaving in its wake a trail of awe and inspiration. The event showcased the extraordinary talent and creativity of young artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, and inventors from Allegheny County.

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  • Address 111 9th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
  • Hours 7:40 AM-3:10 PM
  • ADA Accessible Yes
  • Phone (412) 529-6101
  • Uniform No
  • School Colors Black and White
  • District 8
  • Students 826
  • FAX (412) 338-6143
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  • Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 is a Creative and Performing Arts Magnet school located in the heart of Pittsburgh's downtown cultural district. In 2009, CAPA was awarded the Blue Ribbon as a school of Distinction by the Department of Education.

    The mission of Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 is to provide every student in grades 6-12 with a comprehensive academic program rooted in a superior quality arts education experience that encourages excellence and success in their personal development as artists and cultural leaders. CAPA 6-12 offers a challenging and integrated curriculum that equally provides world-class preparation for college and university study, and conservatory level preparation for artistic careers.

    The environment at CAPA 6-12 is enhanced by partnerships and collaborations with local and national cultural organizations and universities that provide opportunities in which to explore the relationships between school, family and work. In 2014, US News and World Report named CAPA in the Top 20 of Best High Schools in Pennsylvania.

    Acceptance is based upon an off-site application and completion of a successful audition or presentation of an acceptable portfolio. Students may choose intensive artistic instruction in one of eight art forms: dance, instrumental music, literary arts, piano, production technology, theater, visual arts and vocal music. CAPA Audition Materials are available here.
    CAPA 6-12 offers National Honor Society, Ski Club, CAPA Chronicle (Newspaper), Unicorn (Yearbook), Student Council, all-school musical, Master classes, Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science, Amnesty International, intramural sports, African American CAS Council, 6th-8th Grade Athletics (Co-ed Cross Country, Boys and Girls Soccer, Boys and Girls Basketball), and Junior National Honor Society. Students have won awards from the Carson Scholars Fund, National Scholastic Writing Contest, Gene Kelly Awards, Music in the Parks Festival, National Choral Competition, City Theatre Young Playwrights Festival, Pittsburgh Public Theatre's Shakespeare Contest, National Scholastic Art and Writing Contest, PMEA, and Race to the Top Commencement Challenge.

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        CAPA 6-12, located at 111 9th Street, was built in 2003. The 9 story building a total area of 230,197 square feet.

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