In Pennsylvania, attendance at school is compulsory for all children ages 8 to 17 or upon graduation from high school, whichever is sooner. Public school is free for children beginning with Kindergarten to Grade 12 (approximately ages 5 to 18). Eligibility for attendance at a particular public school is based upon where you live.
If you live within the city of Pittsburgh, you can find your neighborhood school and information on enrollment on the Pittsburgh Public Schools web site.
If you live outside the city limits, the Allegheny Intermediate Unit web site has information for all public school districts in Allegheny county.
In addition to public schools, there are a number of independent and religiously affiliated schools offering instruction from pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. Generally, these schools will charge tuition although some scholarships or discounts may be available.
Daycare and Preschool
Full-time day care for children who are not yet school age can be quite expensive in the United States. Generally, there are wait-lists for high quality day care centers, which includes the University of Pittsburgh’s on campus University Child Development Center, so you should begin looking into your options as early as possible. To search for other day care providers, you can also check PAEYC’s web site for a NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accredited program. Childcare providers must meet high standards to earn this accreditation.
Pittsburgh Parent is also a useful resource for information on area schools and daycare providers as well as preschools, camps, and other enrichment activities for children of all ages.