Westinghouse Arts Academy FAQ

How much does it cost to attend?

Westinghouse Arts Academy Charter School is a fully authorized, Pennsylvania public school. You pay tax dollars for education, and when you choose Westinghouse Arts, those dollars are sent to us to fund your student. There is no tuition cost for families. Any student in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania can apply.

Where is Westinghouse Arts Academy located?

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

How do I get to Westinghouse Arts Academy?

School districts with borders that are within a 10 mile radius of our school are required to provide transportation for students who choose to attend Westinghouse Arts Academy.

Currently, the following school districts provide transportation for our students. 

Allegheny County: Baldwin-Whitehall, Clairton City, Duquesne City, East Allegheny, Elizabeth Forward, Gateway, McKeesport, Penn Hills, Pittsburgh Public*, Plum, Riverview, South Allegheny, Steel Valley, West Jefferson Hills, West Mifflin Area, Wilkinsburg Borough*, Woodland Hills

Westmoreland County: Franklin Regional, Norwin, Penn Trafford, Yough

Other districts may qualify.

Students are also permitted to drive themselves or be picked up/dropped off each day.

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.

What about rehearsals and evening events?

Westinghouse Arts Academy offers a variety of extra-curricular clubs as well as performance and exhibition opportunities. Students and their families are responsible for their own transportation to and from after school events.

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 school students to help assess student progress and charter schools must abide by other public school requirements.

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 arts classes.

How can I enroll?

Click on the apply now button in the upper right corner of the screen!

What if enrollment is full?

A wait list will be kept in each focus area for all students who are not admitted. Your place on the wait list is determined by your rubric score. When spaces become available, the next student on the wait 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 follows a traditional school calendar that begins in late August or early September and runs through early June.

Can I still play sports?

Westinghouse Arts Academy’s charter does not permit team sports, but individual athletics such as golf, tennis, or bowling may be offered based on student interest. 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!)

Are there clubs?

Each arts focus area has an honors society that students may apply to. In addition, Westinghouse Arts Academy maintains a chapter of the National Honor Society. Other clubs include Student Programming Board, DECA, e-Sports Gaming Club, Travel Club, and Yearbook.

Does Westinghouse Arts Academy support special education students?

Absolutely. We have a full-time Director of Special Education who can answer questions about your student’s needs. Special education does not factor into our admissions process. If your child needs an accommodation for their evaluation or a visit to the school, let our admissions staff know. But, expect that we’ll collect specific details about IEPs or 504s after your offer of enrollment is made, and plan for instruction when scheduling classes. 

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Explore

Explore a Different Option for Traditional High School

As an accredited Pennsylvania high school, we offer traditional academic classes like English, math, science and even gym necessary to earn a high school diploma. In that respect, we are like other schools.  

What makes us different is our arts focus areas. Our students have a deep interest in one of six areas. 

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Engage

Ready for a Closer Look?

Choosing a high school is a huge decision. Here are some ways to come see us in person, meet our community, and learn more.

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Evaluate

Evaluations at Westinghouse Arts Academy

Our admission process is based on an evaluation. For performing arts, that’s an audition. For creative arts, it’s a portfolio review. We are looking for a baseline level of proficiency in the arts focus area, and we also heavily consider potential and motivation to study arts with us.

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Enroll

Congrats and Welcome!

So, you’ve successfully completed your evaluation, congratulations! Here’s what happens next.

Your offer of admissions will come via email. Please reply to that email with your acceptance. We need this step in writing.

We’ll reply with a checklist of documents for you to collect and send to the school. Our enrollment team will help with this step, so many of these documents will be transferred directly from your prior school district. Our enrollment team will also coordinate transportation, if applicable.

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Tuition and Transportation

Westinghouse Arts Academy: No Cost to You

Westinghouse Arts Academy is tuition-free, there is no cost to attend. Additionally, transportation is provided, depending on where you live.

Explore a Different Option for Traditional High School

As an accredited Pennsylvania high school, we offer traditional academic classes like English, math, science and even gym necessary to earn a high school diploma. In that respect, we are like other schools.  

What makes us different is our arts focus areas. Our students have a deep interest in one of six areas. 

Ready for a Closer Look? 

Choosing a high school is a huge decision. Here are some ways to come see us in person, meet our community, and learn more. 

Evaluations at Westinghouse Arts Academy

Our admission process is based on an evaluation. For performing arts, that’s an audition. For creative arts, it’s a portfolio review. We are looking for a baseline level of proficiency in the arts focus area, and we also heavily consider potential and motivation to study arts with us.  

Our arts teachers perform the evaluations, and score numerically against a rubric detailing proficiency and potential. All students who achieve a minimum qualifying score are considered for admission. In the event that a program fills up, admission is offered based on the highest numerical scores until the program is filled. Students who don’t achieve a minimum qualifying score can opt for a re-evaluation.  

Congrats and Welcome!

So, you’ve successfully completed your evaluation, congratulations! Here’s what happens next. 

Your offer of admissions will come via email. Please reply to that email with your acceptance. We need this step in writing. 

We’ll reply with a checklist of documents for you to collect and send to the school. Our enrollment team will help with this step, so many of these documents will be transferred directly from your prior school district. Our enrollment team will also coordinate transportation, if applicable.  

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