Friendship Academy

Friendship Academy operates an approved private elementary, middle, and high school program for students ages 5-21 that can include mental health services for students who may need them.  Friendship Academy is licensed by the PA Departments of Education and Welfare.  Recognized as experts in the area of special education and mental health, Friendship Academy staff also provide training and consulting services to area agencies and school districts.  In addition, Friendship Academy is a training site for university programs in special education, social work, psychology, counseling, pediatrics, and nursing.

Special Education School Program

Friendship Academy serves as an educational placement option for students ages 5 to 21 with serious emotional and behavioral challenges.  Our students receive highly specialized instructional services with a maximum of 1:4 staff-to-student ratio, assuring each child the tailored attention needed to reduce frustration and foster success.  We emphasize research-based, standards-driven reading, writing, and math instruction that encourages children to see themselves as capable and creative.  In addition to academic skills, our program includes opportunities for artistic success through art and music therapies.

School-Based Partial Hospitalization Program

Friendship Academy offers students a school-based partial hospitalization program that provides intensive psychiatric treatment during the day to children and adolescents. The mental health support and treatments provided by the partial hospitalization program emphasize a skill-based approach, including emotional management and problem-solving. Students are also taught cognitive behavior therapy skills to improve their perception of self, situations, and critical events.

School-Based Outpatient Behavioral Health Services

Friendship Academy also offers school-based outpatient behavioral and mental health services to students in the program.  Outpatient therapy provides mental health services for children and adolescents with less intense behavioral health needs. Outpatient therapy may be a good fit for those preparing to return to public school or move toward independence. Services might include any combination of individual, family, group, and medication management. The clinical team will help determine the best level of care for a child.

For more information or to refer a student to Friendship Academy, contact Jessica Snow, M.Ed., Educational Liaison.

412-365-3833 or [email protected]

Friendship Academy Referral Form

Additional Resources:

Friendship Academy Student-Parent Handbook

Friendship Academy Wellness Policy

Friendship Academy Wellness Policy Triennial Assessment

Monthly Wellness e-Newsletter

Friendship Academy Brochure

2023-2024 Friendship Academy School Calendar

2024-2025 Friendship Academy School Calendar

Friendship Breakfast-Lunch Menus_Aug23-Sept29

School Nurse Forms:

Welcome Back to School 2022-2023

Home Medication Administration

Daily Student Screening Checklist

2022-2023 Emergency Care Form

Lead Level Testing Letter

Physical Examination Form

School Immunization Regulations

Scoliosis Screening

Dental Examinations Letter

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Friendship Academy
255 S. Negley Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206