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Our Mission

We embrace all children in our society,

particularly those who are underserved;

Transform them into whole adults -

spiritually, academically, physically and socially;

And launch them into lives of

purpose and contribution.



In Swahili, Imani means “faith” and faith is the foundation for everything that happens in our school.  Our students are nurtured by caring and dedicated staff who teach them values consistent with the Bible.  We teach our students to have faith in God, faith in themselves and faith in each other. 

We value each child and we welcome children of all racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds. Our children are educated in an environment that unveils, develops and nurtures their uniqueness. The discovery of purpose in each child's life is the heartbeat of Imani Christian Academy. We believe that every child is called by God for a certain purpose, and that each purpose is equally important. We mentor and guide each individual to achieve his or her highest potential.  This is accomplished by using the resources of the church, the home and the community.

The neighborhoods where our children live are typically filled with violence, addiction, and various forms of verbal and physical abuse. When students from such backgrounds come to Imani, they are safe in an environment where they can learn, find love, and experience hope


2013-14 School Calendar - Click Here

Interested in having your child attend Imani?

Click Here to dowload Imani's Enrollment form.

Upcoming Events...

Spring Fling Flea Market

Join Imani for its popular flea market on May 3, 2014. Find out how you can sell your spring cleaning items or grab some great deals.

Click HERE for more information.

Spring Newsletter

Click HERE to read about all the great things happening at Imani and all the events coming up in the Spring.

Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community - Save the Date

Join Imani Christian Academy on May 17, 2014 for the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community.

Registration: 7:45 a.m.

5K Walk: 9 a.m.

One-Mile Fun Walk: 9:15 a.m.

Support Imani by creating your own teams to walk or donate!

Click HERE to register.

PTSO Meetings

Formal Meetings (6 p.m. - 7 p.m.)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Open Meetings (9 a.m. - 10 a.m.)

Every 2nd Tuesday of the month


Current Events...

Jack Ciesinski Donates Refurbished Bikes to Imani

Jack Ciesinski, a sophomore at Quaker Valley High School in Sewickley, chose Bikes for Tikes as his 10th grade project. Bikes for Tikes is a project that collects lightly used bikes from willing donors in the community, restores them to safe, working condition, and then donates them to charities. On Friday, March 21st, Jack and his father, Dave Ciesinski (a member of the Imani Board of directors), visited the school and dropped off three refurbished bikes.

When we asked Jack why he chose this project, he said “I have always been an avid biker.   I started riding bikes at five years old and have loved it ever since.” He continued, “Bicycling is a healthy past time that you can do at every age.   I believe every child should have access to this wonderful sport.”  He added, “Gary Bywaters (mechanic at Ambridge Bike Shop) taught me how to fix bikes.”

See photos HERE.

High School Science Fair

High school students presented their science fair projects to the school, which included topics ranging from the solar system to magnetic fields.

The judges had a tough time picking their favorite projects!

Click HERE to see some of the projects.

Elementary Literacy Projects

Elementary grade students showed their creativity and reading comprehension skills through visual book reports.  For this literacy project, they choose a book and presented the theme, setting, conflict/resolution, theme, plot, etc.  Great work Imani students!!!

See the projects HERE.

Westinghouse Bridge Design and Building Presentation

A BIG THANK YOU to Matt Evans (Mechanical Engineer from Westinghouse Electric Corporation) who visited the school on March 10, 2014.  He presented the physics of bridge building and talked about the different types of bridges around the world. High school students are participating in a bridge building competition where they are given only 200 popsicle sticks and glue to design and build a bridge.  The goal of the competition is to build the bridge that can hold the most weight.


Junior Varsity and Varsity Boys and Girls

Congratulations to all the teams for an incredible season and to the graduating seniors.


Evan Frazier Visit

Evan Frazier, Highmark’s Senior Vice President of Community Affairs, visited Imani to talk to students about his book, Most Likely to Succeed:  The Frazier Formula for Success.  Evan’s book explains his formula that success equals your vision, a plan and the right attitude. Thank you to Evan Frazier and Highmark for their continued support of Imani.


Boys and Girls Basketball

Congratulations to the basketball teams for playing some incredible back to back games on Thursday and Friday. Take a look at some of the action below.

Varsity Girls

JV Boys

Varsity Boys

Pittsburgh ICE

Imani is thrilled to be participating in the Pittsburgh ICE (Inclusion Creates Equality) program!

Pittsburgh ICE is a 501©3 organization that is staffed by all volunteers and sponsored by the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Their mission is to provide underprivileged boys and girls in the Greater Pittsburgh area the opportunity to learn to play the game of ice hockey at little or no cost.  They are part of NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone program (HIFE), which is committed to offering children of all backgrounds the opportunity to learn and play hockey. 

We have 11 boys and 2 girls registered in the program with our two coaches, Rodney and Ronnell Heard.

Watch for our weekly updates.

See pictures HERE of the students and coaches getting fitted for their equipment.

Winchester Thurston Bears vs. Imani Saints

Congratulations to the Boys JV and Varsity teams for winning their games against The Winchester Thurston Bears!


Ellis Tigers vs. Imani Saints

The girls basketball team played a great game against the Ellis Tigers yesterday.

Come out and support the boys and the girls teams!


Girls Schedule

Boys Schedule

Penguins Game

Thanks to Tickets for Kids Charities for allowing Imani students to experience their first Pens game on December 9, 2013. Thank you to Billy and Kara Guerin for providing additional food that they loved!


Billy and Kara Guerin Visit Imani

Thank you to Billy and Kara Guerin for supporting Imani and being Honorary C0-Chairs for the Imani Gala.


Honor Roll

Congratulations to Imani's honor roll students!


Carnegie Science Center Field Trip

Elementary students visited the Science Center and took part in all the hands-on exhibits and displays.


Senior College Acceptance

Congratulations to Imani Senior, Tyleesha, for receiving this school year's first college acceptance letter from Penn State.


2013 Athena Awards

Congratulations to Imani's Board of Directors Vice-Chair, Laura Ellsworth, for winning the 2013 ATHENA Awards. We also congratulate Marissa Bartley, an Imani Board Member, for being selected as one of three finalists for the ATHENA Young Professionals Award. On Monday September 30, Laura and Marissa were recognized for their professional accomplishments, mentorship of other women, and the contributions they have made to the Pittsburgh region. Imani Christian Academy is fortunate to have such dedicated and devoted board members. READ MORE




2013 Eleventh Annual Imani Gala

 Thank you to all the students, staff, board members, host committee chairs and members, sponsors, and guests for making the gala a success! We look forward to seeing you all at next year's gala.


Backpack and School Supplies Drive

Thank you Chris from New Community Church for your incredible backpack and supplies drive. Your donation to Imani of over 110 backpacks is greatly appreciated.

Click HERE to read more. Thank You!

Imani Board of Directors Honored as ATHENA and ATHENA Young Professional Award Finalists

New Community Church Day of Giving

We would like to thank the New Community Church Young Adult Group for volunteering at Imani on Saturday, June 1, 2013.  The volunteers power washed the exterior of our school and removed some of the graffiti.  They also cut the grass, weeded, trimmed the trees, pruned the bushes, and planted some flowers. Our sincere appreciation and heartfelt gratitude to everyone who helped to give our school a much needed facelift! SEE MORE

2013 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

Imani Christian Academy was one of 68 organizations that participated in the Highmark Walk on the morning of May 18. The event was a great success and we look forward to seeing you again next year.CLICK HERE

59th NAACP Human Rights Dinner
Imani Christian Academy student Eric Scott was recognized as a scholarship recipient by the Pittsburgh Unit of the NAACP at the NAACP Human Rights Dinner on May 2, 2013.



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