FAQs

How much does it cost to attend?

Westinghouse Arts Academy Charter School is a fully authorized, Pennsylvania public school so there is no tuition cost to any student for attending. Any student in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania can apply.

Where is Westinghouse Arts Academy located?

It will be located in the newly renovated, historic, art deco former Westinghouse Memorial High School in Wilmerding.

Who decides if I can attend?

A team of educators and artists in each area of interest will evaluate the applicant’s audition or portfolio and conduct entrance interviews. Admission is granted based on the rubric score from that evaluation.

How much time will I have for my arts classes?

Westinghouse Arts Academy will use a blended learning approach so that students can devote at least half of their school day to their arts classes.

How do I get to Westinghouse Arts Academy?

Students from school districts less than 10 miles distance from Westinghouse Arts Academy are legally required to provide transportation. If you live further away, you will have to arrange your own transportation.

Can I still play sports?

Westinghouse Arts Academy is committed to supporting well-rounded students and plans to offer individual athletics, such as golf, tennis or bowling.  For team sports like football or basketball, PA State law requires that your home school district permit you to play there (if you make the team!)

What is a charter school?

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania created charter schools to provide for school choice outside of the typical public school structure. Local school boards as well as the Pennsylvania Department of Education can grant charters. Charter schools typically have more flexibility and responsibility to offer different programs and teaching methods. However, students in charter schools do take the Keystone Exams and PSSAs required of other public schools students to help assess student progress.

Who are the teachers?

Core academics and many arts courses will be taught by PA certified teachers. In addition, teaching artists will bring their expertise and career experience to teach some arts classes.

How can I enroll?

Complete our application form here on the website!

What if enrollment is full?

A waiting list will be kept for all students who are not admitted. Your place on the waiting list is determined by your rubric score. When spaces become available, the next student on the waiting list will be offered enrollment. This process will continue throughout the school year if spaces become available.

How long is the school year?

Westinghouse Arts Academy will follow the East Allegheny School District calendar, although the start and end times for students will be coordinated with the busing schedules.

What about rehearsals and evening events?

Students and their families are responsible for their own transportation to and from after school events.

Will there be clubs?

Each arts area has an honors group and Westinghouse Arts Academy will be members of those organizations as well as the National Honor Society. Other clubs will be considered based on student interest.