IMG_3563St. Alphonsus School, established in 1889, is a community where each child integrates Catholic teachings with the culture and traditions of the family, meets the needs of the neighborhoods, and works justly for the good of the whole.

St. Alphonsus school lives the Gospel message of Jesus Christ through a challenging educational program that is cognizant and encouraging of each child’s abilities and capabilities while providing for academic achievement and personal success. The use and implementation of the Guidelines of the Diocese of Pittsburgh and the Standards of the State of Pennsylvania determine the curriculum.

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Testimonial from St. Alphonsus graduate Darrin Tarasovich

When I was in grade school at St. Alphonsus, I had no idea what I wanted to study in college or what I wanted to do when I “grew up”. I was just a hyperactive, crazy little kid who would occasionally get into trouble for talking during class or not being able to sit still.

Little did I know that St. Alphonsus would have such an impact on my life and shape me into the person that I am today. English teachers, especially Mrs. Novak, Mrs. Wittmer and Mrs. Lesnefsky, instructed proper grammar and sparked my interest in novels and reading for fun. 7th and 8th grade science teacher Mrs. Snyder had the biggest effect on me. Every year, she has her students perform a science experiment of their choice and they have to use the scientific method in coming up with the results. Her teaching style and unforgettable personality got me excited for science class.

After I graduated from grade school, I went on to attend high school at North Catholic on Troy Hill in Pittsburgh. This was when the quality of education that I received at St. Alphonsus became apparent.

Many other kids in my Algebra class did not have the knowledge (or the patience) to solve for an unknown variable. As a result of Mrs. Snyder’s lessons, I was able to excel in science classes because of the lab report writing skills that I obtained from her. Throughout high school, I placed on the honor roll and high honor roll continuously. I graduated 9th in my class and now I attend Geneva College, majoring in Civil Engineering and minoring in Mathematics.

I have my friends and family to thank for helping me get here, but I also have to thank the faculty at St. Alphonsus. They helped me become a better student and got me interested in math and science.