is a tuition-free K-8 charter school

has extraordinary teachers and dedicated staff

students are Pittsburgh Promise eligible who reside in the City of Pittsburgh

is an inclusive school, and a place for all students in the City of Pittsburgh

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As the world changes and becomes increasingly more complex, global citizens will need to be equipped with skills that allow them to be flexible thinkers, creative problem solvers, and effective leaders.
— ECS Founding Principal and CEO, Jon McCann



Every ECS graduate will be an actively engaged citizen driving thoughtful change in the world around them. 


Unique academic environment.

ECS combines academic rigor with a multi-disciplinary, “out-the-door” learning approach rooted in real world problems. Students get outside, study places and spaces in the City of Pittsburgh, and connect content to the community.


A place for all students. 

ECS supports an inclusion model, in a way that promotes equity for all. ECS welcomes and accommodates students who need special education or gifted services, and tailors instruction to meet individual needs. There are two teachers in most classrooms (averaging 11:1 student to faculty ratio), allowing students to get targeted support and enrichment.


Strong relationships.

ECS serves the whole child -- keeping them healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. ECS teachers and staff are caring, engaged, and innovative, and they model the behavior we expect from our students. They are activists, leaders, and compassionate members of our community. Students “loop” with our teachers to build connection and consistency.

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ECS Values Partnerships

ECS builds partnerships to grow our education impact internally, while also supporting the diverse fabric of organizations available in the city. Community connections and regional networks extend our educational opportunities for students and encourage our student body to recognize the vibrancy of our city. A list of many of our partners is below.




ECS Board

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