ECS combines the academic rigor of the best public schools with a multi-disciplinary, “out the door” learning approach rooted in real world problems that builds active, engaged, empathetic citizens.


Quick Facts

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An average day in the ECS sixth grade might include creating stopmotion animation movies for the public service announcements we created in Environmental Literacy class, a math “huddle” to review the key concepts we’ve learned that day, and looking for fossils of microinvertebrates along the creek banks.


Our team values empathy, self-awareness and community. We bring these values and ideas to into our units of study through projects and collaborations. 

One meaningful SCIENCE project our students took part in focused on identifying problems in the school or their neighborhoods and designing solutions through innovation and engineering.

In collaboration with Science, CULTURAL LITERACY will concurrently teach a unit on the Civil Rights movement while reading “To Kill A Mockingbird.” The unit will focus on organizing behind an issue and exploring how a powerful social movement can be built today. 

A notable project in MATH explored how symmetry impacts human design by having students create their own self-portraits using part of an existing photograph.  In Mathematics, we focus on developing students’ conceptual understanding and reinforcing this understanding through practicing skills and procedures that help to develop ECS doings and beings (reasoning, problem solving, communication, and collaboration).

By engaging students in integrated, authentic experiences we are able to close the achievement gap and inspire passion for future careers. Cultural Literacy is a collaborative classroom where literacy and writing are taught through the vehicle of historical themes. We strive to instill empathy in our students by looking at issues from multiple viewpoints. The Science team focuses on becoming critical consumers of information through the use of science practices in students’ everyday lives.

The purpose of EXPLORATORY is to provide middle school students the opportunity to engage in a variety of subjects outside of their everyday class schedule in a way that sparks curiosity and prepares students to make personal learning choices so that students develop passion for learning early on in life.

PRIME (Personalized and Reflective Investment in My Excellence) Time is a time each day dedicated to intensely practicing Math and Literacy skills students have been learning. Groups of students are created based on our Multi-Tiered Support System (MTSS) data. Students split into spaces all across our building, and the lessons that are taught are geared to support and/or enrich students’ skill set based upon their individual needs.


Academic Blocks


Unique Programs

  • Out-the-Door Education

  • P.R.I.M.E. Time

  • Looping

  • Team Teaching

  • Specialized Teaching

  • Differentiated Instruction

  • Technology Integration

Athletics & Activities

  • Orchestra: violin, viola, cello

  • Band: clarinet, flute, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, percussion

  • Cross country

  • Tennis

  • Robotics club

  • Art club

Faculty profile

  • 1 School Counselor

  • 1 Social Worker

  • 1 School Nurse

  • 1 Gifted Teacher

  • 2 Administrators

  • 2 Academic Coaches

  • 18 Teachers


Our School


The ECS Middle School houses students from sixth grade through eighth grade.


5525 Columbo Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Phone: 412-247-7970