In 2011, Bloomberg Business Week honored Crafton by naming it the Best Place to Raise Children in Pennsylvania. The quality and performance of our neighborhood schools was the top criteria considered by Business Week when Crafton was chosen for this outstanding distinction.
Part of the Carlynton School District, Crafton Elementary School is a K-6 building with about 350 students from both Crafton and Rosslyn Farms. The building typically houses two sections per grade level with an average of 22 students in each class. All Crafton students attend music, art, library and physical education each week. They also visit the computer lab several times throughout the week. Additionally, Crafton has mobile labs that contain 25 laptops each.
Crafton has made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for six years in a row across all subjects and grade levels with PSSA scores well above the state average.
The school has a strong Parent Teacher Association. Our PTA members recognize student success through our Accelerated Reading Program. The PTA works closely with the school staff to enhance an already strong, home-school connection.
St. Philip School is a Catholic Elementary School, fully accredited by the Middle States Evaluation Association, educating children from Pre-School through Eighth Grade. St. Philip School consistently scores well above the national average on the Terra Nova.
St. Philip School has been selected by “Today’s Catholic Teacher” Magazine as one of the top twelve Catholic Schools across the country in innovative application of technology.
St. Philip School is privileged to have members of its administration and faculty recognized by the Diocese of Pittsburgh as recipients of the Golden Apple Award. Sr. Geri Marr, S.C., Principal, and four staff members- Ellen Petersen, Janet Bartlett, Cathy Huth, and Pat Hantusch have all received this honor.