The North Hills School District is located in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, just north of the city of Pittsburgh. The district encompasses Ross Township and the Borough of West View, a 14.6-square mile area with a population of nearly 40,000.
Approximately 4,500 students attend the district’s six schools. The district employs more than 700 people including 330 teachers.
North Hills combines 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 along McKnight Road with shopping malls, restaurants, specialty shops and other conveniently located commercial establishments. Numerous recreational facilities and parks are located within and adjacent to the district.
NHSD has four recently updated elementary schools that serve students in kindergarten through sixth grade. The average elementary class size is 22.7 students.
North Hills Middle School (grades 7-8) and North Hills High School (grades 9-12) share a hilltop campus.
The district offers 22 Advanced Placement courses, 23 College in High School courses, and 18 career and technical courses through the A.W. Beattie Career Center. North Hills also has an online academy with more than 100 course offerings.
The district provides additional learning opportunities outside of the classroom through clubs, activities and athletics. There are 45 extra- or co-curricular activities and clubs at the high school and 15 at the middle school.
North Hills students have been recognized nationally, regionally and across the state for various academic, arts and athletic honors.
Approximately 90 percent of seniors graduating from North Hills each year continue their formal education. More than $4.5 million was awarded in scholarship money to the class of 2019.
In 2019, NHSD was ranked No. 12 among more than 100 western Pennsylvania school districts and No. 39 in the state by the Pittsburgh Business Times. U.S. News & World Report placed North Hills High School in the top 11 percent of high schools in the nation.
For five straight years (2015-2019), the North Hills School District has been named a Best Community for Music Education by the nationally-recognized NAMM Foundation.
The high school received Excellence by Design accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools. The noted commission also named North Hills High School's music department a Program of Distinction, one of only six music programs in the nation.
North Hills Middle School was recently designated as an Apple Distinguished School in 2019, one of just 470 in the world. The distinction runs through 2022. The middle school is also home to Joe Welch, Pennsylvania’s Teacher of the Year for 2020.