School Highlights


Lawrenceville United’s PEP Rally program was started in 2013 to support and strengthen Lawrenceville’s neighborhood public schools, while building new connections between these schools and the broader community. Learn more about Lawrenceville’s neighborhood public schools below, or for a full range of school options that are accessible to Lawrenceville families, call LU at (412) 802-7220.

Woolslair PreK-5

The neighborhood elementary school for Lower Lawrenceville (6th Ward), as well as Bloomfield, Friendship, Polish Hill, and the Strip District. In the 2015-2016 school year, after a yearlong visioning process from school staff, parents, students, and community groups, Woolslair PreK-5 became a STEAM academy school, combining several disciplines into project learning to help students gain a better understanding of how science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics relate in the real world. The program’s unique approach promotes hands-on learning, ownership, and collaboration to help all types of learners succeed. Woolslair PreK-5 is a partial magnet school, meaning that students from outside the feeder pattern can also apply for admission, and for the last two years it has achieved STAR School status by performing in the top of the state for student growth.

Address: 501 40th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Phone: 412-529-8800

Website: http://discoverpps.org/Woolslair

Special programs: Comprehensive afterschool program through Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation and Neighborhood Learning Alliance, STEAM Club (3-5), Afterschool Tennis Club (1-5), Art Club (K-2), Energy Committee (3-5), Student Council (K-5), Safety Committee (4-5), Woolslair PTO, Woolslair Wolfpack parent volunteer program, Healthy School program through Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, UPMC St. Margaret’s Health Partnership, annual STEAM Night.

Arsenal PreK-5

The neighborhood elementary school for Central Lawrenceville (9th Ward), as well as Garfield. Arsenal PreK-5 is also a regional ESL (English as a Second Language) school, making for an extremely diverse student population where 18 countries and 14 languages are represented. Arsenal PreK-5 is dedicated to developing the whole child and provides students with the skills, knowledge, tools, and support they need to excel in life within a highly structured and disciplined school environment.

Address: 215 39th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Phone: 412-529-7307

Website: http://discoverpps.org/arsenalprek-5

Special programs: Comprehensive afterschool program through Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation and Neighborhood Learning Alliance, Afterschool Soccer Program, Afterschool Tennis Program, intramural sports, LAMP mentoring program, Strong Women Strong Girls, Reading is FUNdamental, African drumming, Parent Led Program, parent workshops, Get Ready Arsenal, Healthy Schools Program through Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, UPMC St. Margaret’s Health Partnership.

Arsenal 6-8

The neighborhood middle school for Central Lawrenceville (9th Ward) and Lower Lawrenceville (6th Ward), as well as Bloomfield, Friendship, Garfield, Polish Hill, and the Strip District. Arsenal 6-8 is also a regional ESL (English as a Second Language) school, with its student population representing over 20 countries and many languages. At Arsenal, students work together and develop leadership skills that prepare them for the Pittsburgh Promise. Every student is providing a challenging curriculum that teacher the habits of mind necessary to achieve highly.

Address: 220 40th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Phone: 412-529-5740

Website: http://discoverpps.org/arsenalms

Special programs: Comprehensive afterschool program through Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation and Neighborhood Learning Alliance, grade level service learning projects, portfolio review, extended day program, book clubs, Science Fair, PA Junior Academy of Science Competition, Career Day, participation in the African American Challenge Bowl. Sports include interscholastic volleyball, cross-country, basketball, swimming, soccer, and wrestling. Other activities include Assemble, Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring, School Newspaper Club, and STEM Stars. For parents, there is the Parent Led Program for parents to volunteer inside the school, the Parent Engagement Committee, 4 family fun nights per school year, and many workshops and courses offered for families through PEP Rally.