More than 600 students attend Pittsburgh Carrick High School. It is equipped with two science labs & 21 computer lab classrooms. Along with college preparation courses, Carrick High School teaches skills in business & health that can lead to jobs right out of school.
The Business Technology program at Carrick High School introduces students to running a business. They learn about possible careers in business. They study accounting. They may learn website design or business law. They work with commonly used business tools, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint & Publisher.
Carrick High School’s long-running Health Technology program gets students ready for a career in the medical field. They teach medical terminology. Students take part in community service projects. Field trips are scheduled. Internships are available. High school students in the Health Technology Program take courses at the Community College of Allegheny County.
The Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild is involved with the arts program at Carrick High School. The school offers a theater program – one of the few city schools to do that.
Carrick High School has an auditorium, two gyms & a pool. Sports facilities are also used at Phillips Park & George Cupples Stadium on the South Side. The Carrick Raiders play in either the WPIAL or the Pittsburgh City League, which is PIAA District 8, depending on the sport.
School colors are blue & gold.
Pittsburgh schools are overseen by an elected board with nine members. Each member represents a geographic region of the city. Pittsburgh Carrick High School is in District 7, which covers Carrick and ten other Pittsburgh neighborhoods, mostly on the Hilltop.
The school system operates several magnet schools – schools with specialized courses. Students can qualify regardless which public school they would otherwise attend.
CAPA – Pittsburgh Creative & Performing Arts – offers six majors to children in grades 6 through 12 – dance, instrumental music, literary arts, theater, visual arts & vocal music. Admission involves presenting a portfolio or undertaking an audition.
The Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy allows students in grades 6 through 12 to focus their studies on science & technology. The curriculum offers early experiences in classes they may not otherwise study – expanding the range of careers that are open to them. Nearly 600 students who attend Sci-Tech are chosen in a weighted lottery, based on grades, behavior & attendance record.
Graduation rates for Pittsburgh Public Schools have improved since the mid 2010s. Previously 7 out of 10 students who started the ninth grade graduated within four years. By the end of the decade, 4 out of 5 ninth graders went on to graduate within four years. The tracking is based on the graduation cohort concept, which measures how many entering ninth graders graduate high school in four years with a traditional diploma. Educators use the cohort concept to better measure the percentage of high school students who graduate. Across America, the true graduation rates for all high schools is lower than people originally thought.
Pittsburgh Public Schools shut down & shifted to remote learning during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020/2021. The school system announced that schools would begin reopening in April, 2021. The teachers’ union Executive Board unanimously voted not to restart in-person learning until all school staff can receive vaccinations.
Teachers are represented by the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers (PFT). The PFT represents more than 3,000 teachers, paraprofessionals, technical staff & clerical workers at Pittsburgh Public Schools.
Carrick High School was built in 1924. Carrick & ten other Pittsburgh neighborhoods – just about all of them on the Pittsburgh Hilltop – send their teenagers in grades 9 through 12 to Pittsburgh Carrick High School, which is located at 125 Parkfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15210.