North Hills School District, located in Northern Allegheny County, is a first tier suburb of the city of Pittsburgh. The district is comprised of Ross Township and West View Borough - a 14.6 square mile area with a population of nearly 40,000.
The two municipalities combine the attractiveness of suburban living with the easily accessible cultural and educational opportunities that Pittsburgh has to offer. Ross Township boasts a strong retail corridor on McKnight Road. Shopping malls, restaurants, specialty shops and other commercial establishments are conveniently located and serve a large portion of Allegheny County. In addition, numerous recreational facilities and parks are located in and adjacent to the two communities.
North Hills School District is comprised of four, recently-updated, elementary schools, which serve students from kindergarten through sixth grade. The average elementary class-size in the North Hills School District is 21.8 students.
North Hills Middle School and North Hills High School share a hilltop campus. The district offers 28 Advanced Placement courses and 15 College in High School classes for college credit with participating colleges and universities. The high school offers The Academies at North Hills that allow our students to enroll in one of six academic academies which guide students along a choice of coursework that
closely aligns with their career goals and interests while exposing them to a
cohort of peers with similar interests. Students also can access opportunities at the A.W. Beattie Career Center. More than 90 percent of North Hills graduates continue their formal education.
In the 2015-16 school year, North Hills High School was ranked No. 47 out of 676 high schools in Pennsylvania and named one of the nation's Best High Schools by U.S. News & World Report . The high school was awarded a Silver Medal in the magazine's 2016 Best High School rankings and ranked in the top 7 percent of 21,150 high schools in the United States. Additionally, the high school was one of only nine schools in Allegheny County to be ranked in the Washington Post's America's Most Challenging High Schools listing. The high school has been awarded an Excellence by Design accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools. Middle States accredited institutions are better positioned to use time, talent and financial resources more efficiently and effectively to increase academic excellence. The noted commission also named North Hills High School's music department a Program of Distinction. Our music department is one of only six music programs in the nation to be honored with this notable accolade.
North Hills Middle School has been named a PA Don Eichhorn Schools: School to Watch because of the school's academic excellence, responsiveness to students' needs and interests and commitment to helping all students achieve highly. The designation notes the middle school as one of a small number of diverse, high performing, growth-orientated middle-grades schools that demonstrate what all middle schools are capable of achieving. Only 380 schools out of more than 11,700 middle school nationwide hold the designation, and North Hills is one of only 35 in Pennsylvania to be recognized.
The district provides additional learning opportunities outside of the classroom through clubs, activities and athletics. Currently, there are 41 clubs and activities at the high school and 17 at the middle school. Students may choose from among 20 sports at the high school and 21 at the middle school.
The 2016-17 student enrollment is 4,394. The district employs approximately 330 teachers and more than 700 total employees. The millage rate for the 2016-17 fiscal year is 17.80 mills, which is among the lowest of Allegheny County's 42 suburban school districts.