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|Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy|
NPCA overlooking Veteran's Stadium
2825 State Street
|Type||Public, college-preparatory magnet school|
|Motto||Pride, Honor, Respect|
|Dean, Performing Arts||Dana Gilmore|
|Associate Dean||Robert Causgrove|
|Number of students||789 (2017-18)|
|Color(s)||Blue and Gold|
The Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy (abbreviated NPCA), or just Collegiate Academy or Academy High School, is located in midtown Erie, Pennsylvania. The school is housed in the former Academy High School building, which reopened in September 1992 as Collegiate Academy. The school boasts a 100% college acceptance rate among recent graduates.
- Grade point average of 3.0 or greater
- National standardized test scores at the 50th percentile or greater
- One teacher recommendation
Students from within the district are not required to pay tuition.
About 180 of the school's 861 students came from outside of the Erie school district for the 2010-2011 school year. Beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, home districts stopped paying the tuition costs and providing transportation. Currently enrolled out-of-district students for the 2011-2012 year paid a tuition of $3400 and incoming freshmen paid $4200. This resulted in many students returning to their home schools. In the 2012-2014 school year, the tuition cost for out-of-district freshmen increased to $5000. Collegiate Academy has about 225 openings for freshmen each year. There were 195 incoming freshmen for the Class of 2016. The admission standards were lowered after the 2012-2013 school year by lowering the requirement for a national standardized test scores at the 75th percentile or greater to a 50th percentile or greater and the number of teacher recommendations was lowered from two to one.
Collegiate Academy has an impressive record of success in its involvement with the Academic Sports League. This is an extracurricular activity that allows students to compete in academic subject areas such as music, art, language, literature, math, and science. Over the last three years, Academic Sports League students have received more than two million dollars in scholarships.
Collegiate Academy's participation in the Academic Sports League has garnered national recognition through the United States Academic Decathlon. NPCA won its division (Division III) in the 2005 and 2009 national competitions and seventh overall in 2009. NPCA finished in third place in its division as well as ninth overall in 2008 and 2014. Collegiate Academy also earned Rookie of the Year honors in its division in 2001.
In 2015 the engineering students at Collegiate Academy won one of five national prizes in the National Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest. The contest required students to develop stem-driven projects that would benefit their own communities. Collegiate Academy's Vertical Veggies Project sought to feed families in urban settings. The school's grand prize was $120,000 worth of Samsung products.
FIRST Robotics: CIA Team 291
Since 2005 Collegiate Academy has fielded a team in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition.
2005 - The team placed fifth at 2005 Pittsburgh Regional and won the Motorola Quality Award for having built the robot with the most rugged and reliable design.
2006 - At the 2006 Pittsburgh Regional the team won the Johnson and Johnson Sportsmanship Award, the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Entrepreneurship Award, and the Industrial Safety Award. The team moved up to states at Philadelphia, placed third seed, and won the General Motors Industrial Design Award. The team advanced to the Championships in Atlanta, Georgia. There, the team advanced to the quarter-finals of their division.
2007 - At the 2007 Pittsburgh Regional, the team was the 8th seeded team, and was picked up by the 3rd seeded team. Two weeks later the team traveled to the Buckeye Regional. The team was successful at the Buckeye Regional, ending qualifiers 7–1–0, and gained the #1 seed. For the second year in a row, the team advanced to the Championships in Atlanta, Georgia. They ended 3–4–0 in Atlanta, finishing in the top half of the team's division.
2008 - In the 2008 Pittsburgh Regional, the team was chosen by the #1 seed team, #375, to be in an alliance with Team #2544 from Harborcreek High School. This alliance went undefeated until the finals, where the team lost due to a line penalty in the final round. The team won the Chairman's Award for professionalism and community outreach. During the Great Lakes regional in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the team finished qualifying rounds leading the eighth-seed alliance for the elimination rounds. Although the team lost in quarter-finals, they won the Delphi's Driving Tomorrow's Technology Award. After competing in these two regionals, they traveled to Atlanta to compete for the national Chairman's Award. In the Atlanta Championships, the team finished in the upper half of the Galileo division.
Location: Erie, Pennsylvania
Rookie season: 1999
Founders: Joyce Gerry: Fundraising, Purchasing / Inventory, Compliance Mike Hayes: Fundraising, Chairman’s Award, Mentoring Brad Jones (retired, 2014): Design and Manufacturing Support Cathy Park (retired, 2015): Trip Planning, Spirit
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